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About Us

The fledgling Cancer Society was first established in 1922, and it was then called the British Empire Cancer Campaign Society. In the beginning the sole objective was expressed as being the conquest of cancer. Since then the Society has changed its name, but it still offers an important purpose in the community. The Cancer Society has worked tirelessly by bringing hope to those effected by cancer in providing emotional and practical support, up-to-date information and advocacy.

Brief Beginnings History

March 6, 1951- Formation of the Manawatu Centre Inc.
September 1951 - first fundraising week in Manawatu, with £900 being raised.
1981- Robin Brassington established the first volunteer staffed Cancer Support group.
1989 - Manawatu Centre along with Wellington Division piloted the first Daffodil Day. This was so successful it was taken Nationwide 1990 and has become one of the mainstays in fundraising for the Cancer Society.
2001 - Manawatu brought the first ever Relay For Life to New Zealand. Since then it has grown in strength and success with many events happening each year in New Zealand.
2008 - Open an office in the Horowhenua.

What we do
Funds received by the Manawatu Centre are wisely used to resource our key areas providing patient and family support and information, Health Promotion activities and awareness programmes.

Volunteers play key roles in supporting the Cancer Society to achieve its mission in roles like governance, fundraising, providing transport and support to patients and their families /whanau, distribution of information and resources, administration support amongst many others.


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Central Districts - Manawatu gratefully acknowledge the support of these organisations:

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