Survivorship Programme

photoThe Survivorship programme is back for 2016.

The event will be held on Saturday 27th August, 2016 at The Granary, Founders Park, Nelson.

  • Guest Speakers
  • Includes Lunch & Refreshments
  • FREE ENTRY for patients (past & present) and carers
  • Spaces Limited
  • View the programme

Please CONTACT US to book your space.

In 2014 the NRBCT ran its inaugural Survivorship Programme almost 100 delegates attended. The conference was specially developed for breast cancer patients and their carers and focused on moving forward with life beyond treatment for Breast Cancer.

Guest speakers and health care professionals presented sessions throughout the day aimed to help delegates understand the facilities available locally in terms of follow-up medical care and support services. Topics covered included dealing with the physical and emotional effects of treatment, the importance of exercise and nutrition and lingerie options post surgery. The emphasis was very much on practical information to help survivors move forward and embrace life.

Those Pink Bales…

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 12.06.12 pmDaryl and Sue Hill are turning pink! And not from the ravages of our early summer sun. Daryl and Sue are the owners of Golden Bay Contracting Ltd, and are the force behind the appearance of 100 bales of pink-wrapped baleage alongside SH60. These bales are being generously donated for auction at the Golden Bay A&P Show on 17 January 2015. All proceeds will go toward assisting breast cancer survivors in Golden Bay. We’re thrilled that the Nelson Regional Breast & Gynaecological Cancer Trust has been asked to be responsible for distributing the funds to worthy applicants in the bay.

Daryl and Sue were inspired to embark on this project when their Canterbury packaging supplier purchased a limited run of pink wrap to raise awareness of breast cancer in rural communities. A percentage of every roll purchased goes to the Louise Perkins foundation, a charitable trust that operates under the name ‘Sweet Louise’ to improve the lives of New Zealanders living with secondary breast cancer. Daryl and Sue leapt at the opportunity to support this venture and also raise awareness in the Golden Bay community. They purchased $1,000 of pink wrap, and cut, baled and wrapped grass from their lease block to produce 118 bales which they carted and stacked alongside SH60 on the Takaka Valley highway, with the kind permission of property owners, Gavin and Jane Petterson. The bales are stacked at 3 separate sites; a stack of 9 bales is located at either end of the ‘Burnt Section’ (8 green and 1 pink to denote the 1 in 9 women who are victims of breast cancer), and halfway along the ‘Burnt Section’ is a third stack consisting of 100 pink bales which will be auctioned at the show, with all proceeds donated to NRBGCT.

All farmers and small holding owners are encouraged to attend the auction at 2pm on A&P show day at the GB Contracting site to support this very worthy cause. If unable to attend, absentee bidders can submit their registered bid to GB Contracting at or phone 525 9193.

Survivorship Day

photoA big thank you to everybody who helped make The Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust’s inaugural Survivorship Day such a huge success.

Almost 100 delegates enjoyed wonderful presentations by guest speakers throughout the day. All sessions were aimed at helping delegates understand what facilities are available locally in terms of follow-up medical care and support services. Topics covered included dealing with the physical and emotional effects of treatment, the importance of exercise and nutrition and lingerie options post surgery, the emphasis was very much on practical information to help survivors deal with both physical and emotional changes, allowing them to move forward and embrace life.

We hope to run the Survivorship Days bi-annually in future, and have several fundraising events coming up later in the year, including the annual Bootcamp for Breast Cancer (16th November) in order to fund an ongoing programme.

Survivorship Day

SurvivorCircleThe Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust is pleased to invite patients, carers and health professionals to a Survivorship Day. The focus of the day is on moving forward with life beyond treatment for Breast Cancer.

This study day is FREE for patients (past & present) and carers.

We have arranged a list of guest speakers:

  • Ros Pochin – Consultant breast Surgeon – Breast reconstruction
  • Helen Nott – Physiotherapist  – The PINC programme
  • Luke Newnham  – Consultant radiologist – ongoing screening
  • Yvonne Ferguson – Lymphodema specialist
  • Kim McFadden – Consultant gynaecologist – managing the menopause
  • Greg Witika – WBCS – Fit Flamingoes
  • Julie Forbes  – Little Boutique – Breast prostheses
  • Andrea Fairbairn – Survivor
  • Naomi Johnson – Dietician with the PHO – weight control and eating for bone health
  • Kate Gregory – Medical Oncologist – managing side effects of treatment
  • Deb Knapp – Psychologist – Coping with uncertainty

WHEN: FRIDAY 16th MAY – 9:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: The Nelson Suburban Club, 168 Tahunanui Drive

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Please Email Kim Miccio (Trustee) to reserve your space, numbers are limited.

The Pink Ring

BCNZ_ring_SideAngleA huge thank you to Nelson jeweller Benjamin Clark of Benjamin Black Goldsmiths who has donated a uniquely crafted ring, which he is auctioning to raise funds for the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust this October.

The Pink Ring is valued at a retail price of $1290- and is made with 9 carat white gold, set with a faceted pink tourmaline stone, with the design reflecting the shape of the breast cancer trust’s logo.

This is the second time Ben has created a ring in support of the cause, he auctioned one last October.

The Pink Ring differs from last year’s design because it is made with white gold (rather than silver) and it resembles the trust’s emblem, but it is the same in that it is a one-off design.

The Pink Ring is currently being auctioned on Trade Me until October 13 starting at a one dollar reserve. The highest bidder shall win the ring with all proceeds donated to the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust.

If you’d like to view The Pink Ring, head over to Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, 176 Bridge Street, Nelson.

Breast Cancer Nirvana

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 4.51.41 PMWe wanted to share this excellent website, Breast Cancer Nirvana, created by two time breast cancer survivor Andrea Fairbairn.

The Breast Cancer Nirvana website is part of Andrea’s vision to support others to not only survive breast cancer, but hopefully win a second chance at a great life. The name Breast Cancer Nirvana is inspired by wanting people to feel peaceful and supported when they head to the site and also, to reflect the personal development and growth required through the experience
of cancer.

Andrea has written some fabulous books “Chemo and Back Again: How I survived chemo, day by day” and “10 Dos and Don’ts for Supporting Someone with Breast Cancer”, both can be purchased and downloaded here.

It’s almost October, and we’re getting in the pink!

We’re gearing up for our biggest fundraising month of the year!

Please join us for BC4BC 2013 on 19th October, our target is to get 250 people on board this year. Registrations have now opened.

We have already confirmed corporate sponsorship for the event to the value of $7000 thanks to local businesses. We’re encouraging you to register early for the event and then raise as much as you can in personal sponsorship, everyone who raises over $100, will go into the draw to win a three course meal for two, with wine, at Hopgoods!

Remember BC4BC is suitable for all fitness levels, with the emphasis very much on having fun and dressing in pink!

Tickets are also on sale at JAYS & KO for our annual raffle of a wonderful Lloyd Harwood painting! Thank you Lloyd for the kind donation!

2013 Raffle poster draft


We have a winner, or two!

Congratulations to our lucky pink October artwork raffle winners! The draw for two fabulous prizes was drawn on Sunday 28th October at the end of Boot Camp for Breast Cancer.

Mrs Sue Baigent was the winner of the Katie Gold sculpture, with Mrs Lauren Lewis winning the Lloyd Harwood painting.

October 2012 – $20,000 raised!

We’re pleased to announce that throughout October 2012 the trust has raised approximately $20,000!

The annual Boot Camp for Breast Cancer has raised over $13,000.

Of the total pool raised at the boot camp, $6,000 was received from corporate sponsorship, and over $7,000 from event registration fees, personal sponsorship, raffle tickets and refreshment sales.

Further funds were raised from Pink is Infashion, held at Jays on Bridge earlier in the month and from other donations, including funds raised from the auction of a custom designed Benjamin Black ring.

All of the money we raise goes directly towards helping local patients and their families, so we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who continues to support the trust, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Benjamin Black custom designed ring raises $600

The Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust is extremely fortunate to have support from so many local artists and crafts people.

The wonderful Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, not only recently donated a pair of Ribbon Earrings for our Pink is Infashion fundraiser at Jays, but also crafted this gorgeous one-of-a-kind pink tourmaline ring which was auctioned on Trade Me, donating all the funds raised to the trust!

The auction closed at 9.27pm last Friday night and there were 16 bids placed in the final seven minutes, with a winning bid of $600!

Here is Kate collecting the cheque from Ben Clark, this evening.

Thank you so much Ben for your support!