Today our wonderful nanny, Frances, who helps out for a few hours after school each day, was selling Bandannas to help raise funds for CanTeen New Zealand. Frances was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 7 and suffered into her teens, until she was finally in remission. She has been a volunteer with Canteen for many years and we are so grateful to have her help out.
CanTeen was established to ensure that no young person in New Zealand living with cancer should ever have to feel alone.
Each year, CanTeen raises money through their Bandanna Challenge, which this year runs from 16 – 31 October.
The 2010 designs are from ambassadors Dan Carter, Maria Tutaia, Lisa Tamati, Federation and Scott Dixon, as well as newest ambassador and first-time designer, top NZ female surfer,Paige Hareb.
Designs have also come this year from CanTeen patient member Samuel Gwynn from Wellington, patient member Aeronwy Cording from Christchurch and CanTeen sibling member Rachel Allan (read her story here) also from Christchurch.
An estimated 10,000-12,000 young people across the country have to deal with cancer.
This year’s funky new designs can be bought for $4 at PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Farmers, BP, Repco, Burger King, Radius Pharmacy and ASB Bank outlets nationwide. Bandannas can also be bought online.
We loved the ‘Four Square’ one for Dan!
Also this year, in a best-ever CanTeen TradeMe auction, Kiwis will be able to bid on Bandannas signed by celebrities including the All Whites, NZ Breakers, and TV celebrities from Go Girls and Shortland St.
The bandanna is a symbol for CanTeen representing hope, courage and survival and came about due to the fact that young people choose to wear one as a head covering when losing their hair when undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Our thoughts are with all families affected by cancer x It is so sad that children and young adults suffer, but thanks to Canteen there is support to help them fight with hope and courage.