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No Going Back campaign for Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 15, 2024   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: campaign, brain, cancer, support, services, charity

Brain Tumour Support NZ has launched a new fundraising platform “No Going Back” to mark the start of their Brain Tumour Awareness Month campaign – Make May Matter.

“A brain tumour diagnosis brings fear and uncertainty. Your life changes from that moment and there is no going back. It is that very notion which forms the concept of our fundraising campaign,” said Sarah Verran, CEO of Brain Tumour Support NZ.

“We’re inviting New Zealanders to show their support for people with brain tumours and their families by embarking on a personal fundraising challenge,” explains Sarah. “It could be a run, a walk, a swim or a sky dive – anything which presents a challenge. Other fundraisers like morning teas, movie nights or work team fundraisers are also welcome. The options are endless. Once you’ve signed up for your challenge, there’s no going back,” she said.

Sarah knows firsthand the devastating impact a brain tumour has on the whole family – her daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2015. “We were thrust into months and years of surgeries and treatments with often overwhelming information coming from all sides, and really no time to process it all amongst the grief and the reality of our new normal. Brain Tumour Support NZ did not exist when we began our brain tumour journey and I wish that we had had this support back then,” said Sarah.

People can start their own No Going Back fundraiser or donate to an existing fundraiser by visiting The funds raised will go towards the charity’s patient and caregiver support programmes, including their Brain Box care packages which are sent free to anyone in Aotearoa who is diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Inside every Brain Box is a set of Patient Guides and a wonderful array of wellness goodies and gifts, including a Brainy Beanie.

“May is also the month where our famed Brainy Beanies make a comeback in time for the winter,” explains Sarah Verran.

“Brainy Beanies are unique creations beautifully handcrafted and donated to Brain Tumour Support NZ. A call for creators in April has been hugely successful with beanies arriving from all around the country - each one beautifully handmade by someone who cares. We sell these on our website and this year we are taking Brainy Beanies to Fieldays at Mystery Creek where they will be on display and for sale,” Sarah said.

Make May Matter for Brain Tumour Awareness runs throughout the month of May.

Find out more about Brain Tumour Support NZ, including how to make a donation, start a fundraiser or buy a Brainy Beanie.