Can­teen needs help

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Can­Teen is on the hunt for vol­un­teers to help sell ban­dan­nas and col­lect do­na­tions dur­ing its an­nual Ban­danna Chal­lenge later this year.

The an­nual ap­peal runs from Septem­ber 13 to 29 with all funds raised help­ing to pro­vide vi­tal sup­port, skills and tools for peo­ple aged 13 to 24 liv­ing with can­cer.

The colour­ful ban­dan­nas have be­come the char­ity’s na­tion­wide sym­bol since the ap­peal was first launched 15 years ago.

Can­Teen mar­ket­ing man­ager Kim­berly Wa­ters says the idea was ini­tially trig­gered by ban­dan­nas worn by can­cer pa­tients un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

‘‘The ban­danna

is a sym­bol of hope, care and sup­port for young peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer,’’ she says.

This year’s five ban­danna de­signs are the col­lab­o­ra­tive works of Can­Teen pa­tient mem­bers and var­i­ous fa­mous Ki­wis in­clud­ing All Black Dan Carter.

The char­ity re­ceives no di­rect govern­ment fund­ing so it re­lies heav­ily on vol­un­teers tak­ing to the streets each year with ban­dan­nas in hand.

To vol­un­teer phone 0800 CAN­TEEN (or 226 8336).

Schools and busi­nesses can also reg­is­ter to sell ban­dan­nas and or­gan­ise events such as mufti days and head shaves at can­teen.org.nz/ get-in­volved.

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