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Give generously on Daffodil Day

9 August 2022

Cancer Society Daffodil Day.The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It also represents hope for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Daffodil Day | Tautoko te rā Daffodil (Friday 26th August 2022) is a major funding source for the Cancer Society, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand.

Ways you can donate to Daffodil Day

  1. Donate by scanning the Daffodil Day QR code at any ANZ Bank branch; or
  2. Donate with your credit card using a secure online donation form.

How your Daffodil Day donations make a difference

Your donations will go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, education and awareness campaigns or programmes for people affected by cancer in your area.

There are many ways a donation makes a difference for people with cancer:

  • $10 provides people affected by cancer with important support and information resources;
  • $20 contributes to the free Cancer Information Helpline – 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237);
  • $35 provides safe transport for cancer patients to get to hospital appointments;
  • $50 provides counselling and support to people affected by cancer;
  • $100 helps make schools SunSmart and our communities Smokefree;
  • $150 provides accommodation for those undergoing cancer treatment away from home; and
  • $500 helps fund ground-breaking research into new and better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.

Any donation will make a difference in the life of someone living with cancer – no matter how large or small.

Source: Daffodil Day website.

Boost your wellbeing with Mindfulness Month this August

22 July 2022

​​The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and The Kindness Institute have teamed up together to bring you the Mindfulness Month. We’re asking you to join us for 31 days of mindfulness and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation in support of a better mental health system.

When you focus on your mental health and wellbeing this August, you’ll also be giving back and supporting positive mental health and wellbeing for all across Aotearoa.

There are a variety of tools on offer to support participants:

  • daily guided mindfulness podcasts by Kristina Cavit;
  • a mindfulness journal based on the month done concept by Stephen McCarthy; and
  • daily mindfulness activities to weave into everyday life from Pause Breathe Smile.

Mindfulness has been linked to a reduction in anxiety and stress, a boost in mood, and enhanced relationships, sleep and general wellbeing. Founder of The Kindness Institute and mindfulness coach Kristina Cavit hopes that participants will find more calm and clarity in their lives through taking a mindful moment each day.

“This campaign is for everyone, even those who think mindfulness is nonsense – we have designed this for you! There is a variety of tools so everyone can choose how they want to have a mindful moment each day. It’s about doing something good for yourself and your wellbeing and doing something good for others by fundraising for mental health. Working with the Mental Health Foundation on this shared kaupapa makes so much sense and I have loved every moment of it.”

The Mental Health Foundation’s Chief executive Shaun Robinson believes mindfulness is a powerful tool in managing his wellbeing.

“Taking a mindful approach to living has been really important for me in terms of managing my bipolar disorder, and helping me to stay well.”

Registration is free and closes at 11.59am on Sunday 31st July 2022.

How the funds raised will be used

The money raised by participants in Mindfulness Month goes towards supporting the work of the Mental Health Foundation to promote mental wellbeing and fund policy and advocacy work to transform the mental health system, engage with tāngata whaiora (people with lived experience of mental distress) and advocate for systemic change to improve social, economic and cultural determinants of mental health and wellbeing.

“The money raised through Mindfulness Month will really help to support us to be the guide dog and the watchdog for the creation of a world-class mental health system in New Zealand.” says The Mental Health Foundation’s Chief executive Shaun Robinson.

He is excited to see how Mindfulness Month will support the Foundation’s goal of helping to transform the mental health system into one that is equitable, effective and empowers communities and individuals.

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