A Whanganui group has raised at least $6000 in the lead up to the Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

The Hot Pink Flamingos recently held a garage sale with entertainment and a sausage sizzle to fundraise.

"We're going absolutely phenomenal," said Liza Mancer, who started the group with the support of her loved ones.

The garage sale went "really, really well", and members of the 40-strong group have been fundraising in other ways, including selling cupcakes at work.


Mrs Mancer said the name Hot Pink Flamingos was chosen for the bird's background.

"Legend sort of goes back where they were brought up in really harsh living conditions."

She said the idea of the birds surviving in difficult conditions was relevant to living with cancer.

"That's sort of where we come from with the flamingos."

Mrs Mancer said the people in their group were "so enthusiastic".

"It's a great bunch of people."

They even had two children, 3 and 5, in the team.

Anyone wanting to donate to Hot Pink Flamingos can contact the Chronicle on 06 349 0729. Alternatively, donations can be made directly to the Cancer Society. Head to www.relayforlife.org.nz for more information.

The Relay for Life is being held this weekend.