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Will you turn your world upside down on World Cancer Day?


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Will you turn your world upside down on World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day (4 February) aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by bringing cancer to the front of people’s minds.

STA Travel and CanTeen New Zealand want you to show your support by turning your world upside down and donating.

1. Share a photo of yourself doing a hand stand on Facebook or Instagram
2. Challenge your friends and family to do the same
3. Hashtag #WorldCancerDay
4. Donate to CanTeen at http://supportcanteen.org.nz/event/Donate-STATravel

STA Travel Chief Executive Officer John Constable, said: “We help millions of travellers explore the world each year. Yet for thousands of young people, their worlds are turned upside down by cancer.

“There are specific challenges that come with having cancer when you’re young. On World Cancer Day we want to spread the word about CanTeen and its important work in supporting teenagers who are diagnosed.”

CanTeener and cancer survivor Anna Hocquard said: “Scary is an understatement, terrifying comes to mind when I think of cancer. But, from the beginning, CanTeen has been by my side, offering me a chance to talk to other young people like me all over New Zealand who know what it's like to live with cancer. I’ve also had constant one-to-one support from CanTeen’s Youth Workers and the chance to attend workshops which have helped me develop as a young person ready to take on whatever is next.”

Over the next four years, STA Travel will raise money to support young people with cancer by giving travellers the opportunity to donate $2 with their booking.

CanTeen relies on donations to fund its important work. Find out more, get involved or make a donation at www.statravel.co.nz/canteen.htm

CONTACTS

STA Travel – Sarah Bedford, Product & Marketing Manager, sarah.bedford@statravel.com
CanTeen – Deborah Baker, Marketing Communications Manager, deborahb@canteen.org.nz

NOTES TO EDITORS

About STA Travel
STA Travel is the world’s largest youth travel company and every year we send more than 2 million passengers on life-changing adventures. Today we have more than 2,000 people in over 250 stores in 12 countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States. It also works with franchisees, joint ventures and licensed partners in a further 52 countries.
www.statravel.com

About CanTeen New Zealand
CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down and helps them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with cancer.
We're here for 13-24 year olds at every stage of their cancer journey, whether they're dealing with:
having cancer themselves
an immediate family member being diagnosed with cancer
the death of an immediate family member from cancer

We provide funding for counselling and individual assistance as well as peer support programmes, leadership training and services to help our young people thrive in life after cancer. CanTeen is also there to advocate for our young people, helping ensure their voice is heard and empowering them to speak up for themselves. With 14 regional branches across New Zealand, CanTeen ensures there is support nearby for all young Kiwis living with cancer because we believe no young person should ever go through cancer alone.
www.canteen.org.nz

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