Bandanna Day: CanTeen calls for support to help young Kiwis dealing with cancer diagnoses

The Bandanna Day street appeal was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.
The Bandanna Day street appeal was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. Photo credit: Supplied

CanTeen is calling on Kiwis to support rangatahi impacted by cancer this Bandanna Day after last years was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

CanTeen is the only national organisation raising money to help the 4,200 13 to 24-year-olds who experience cancer within their family every year. 

The organisation has provided 1536 therapy sessions over the past year to young people who either have cancer or have a person close to them with the disease. 

Every day 10 young New Zealanders will have a parent diagnosed with cancer and every two days a young Kiwi will themselves be diagnosed. 

Bandana Day is CanTeen's largest fundraiser. The day calls on Aotearoa to show young people dealing with cancer they aren't alone, by wearing a bandanna in solidarity. 

The money raised through donations and purchasing of bandannas allowing them to reach more young people in need providing them with counselling, online support, and fun events such as camps. 

A year ago, as the country slipped into level 4 lockdown, it had to be significantly scaled back.

The Bandanna day street appeal was cancelled and CanTeen was forced to rely on raising awareness and funds online. 

CanTeen CEO Nick Laing says the organisation is excited to be able to raise awareness in person again. 

“CanTeen relies solely on the generosity of the community to provide vital services like

counselling, online support, events and camps," he explained. 

"Like many other charity events, last year’s Bandanna Day was heavily impacted by the pandemic, so we’re thrilled to be back bigger and better this year. 

CanTeen has also for the first time decided to collab with a New Zealand fashion label on the design.

They've teamed up with Ruby to create a limited edition Ruby x CanTeen Bandanna, Ruby's creative director Deanna Didovich says the design is "super fresh and joyful." 

"This print is an absolute favourite of our Rubettes and is sure to add a pop of colour to someone’s day.

"CanTeen’s work supporting young people facing cancer is something that we were proud to

get on board with. Too many people are affected both directly and indirectly by this disease."

CanTeen is encouraging people to purchase a bandana from, instore at Ruby, Flight Centre, or other selected outlets. 

Donations can also be made at or out on the streets of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.