The Cancer Society was established in 1929, and for 90 years, has been dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the community. They are the only cancer charity in New Zealand that is not cancer-specific and they’re here for all who need them. The Cancer Society has offices across New Zealand and relies on community donations and support to offer its services to those impacted by cancer. They provide essential support for those with cancer and their whānau, helping them to navigate the uncertainty and complexity that a diagnosis brings. The Cancer Society offers all round support that combined with volunteers makes them a powerful agent of change in communities. Volunteers allow them to provide services far beyond what the budget allows.
Ways these volunteers help:
• Client Drivers – transport to treatment
• Oncology Hosts – work within the oncology wards in hospitals
• Home Visitors – visit patients in home to give caregivers a break
• Creative Volunteers – sew patient support products
• Margaret Stewart House Accommodation Hosts – support the coordinator with running the house
• Events & administration – help out at our offices and help prepare for events. The Cancer Society runs fundraising events throughout the year, not only to raise vital funds, but also to connect with the community and promote its services. Annual events include:
• Daffodil Day – our annual street appeal
• Relay For Life – celebrate, remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds.
• Walking Stars – a non-competitive night-time walk through Wellington city
The Cancer Society is in an Accredited Award Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award, providing an amazing and transformative Volunteering Service opportunity for all levels of the Award. Sign up as a Volunteer in their network and achieve your Voluntary Service section through the exciting channels of engagement they work in.