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Show Us Your Bandanna, Says CanTeen

14 October, 2009

The rollout has begun with tens of thousands of brightly coloured bandannas being distributed around the country in anticipation of CanTeen’s 2009 bandanna Challenge (Oct 16-31).

With only two days to go, the message to all New Zealanders is ‘show us your bandanna!’

The 2009 designs are from ambassadors Dan Carter, Maria Tutaia, Hollie Smith, Lisa Tamati, Federation and CanTeen sibling member Grant Hawthorne from the Wellington region.

Dan Carter and Maria Tutaia, fresh from their recent successes in the Air New Zealand Cup and World Series competition, will be appearing on our TV screens from today in CanTeen’s latest TV commercial, urging New Zealanders to show their support.

Communities from across all 13 CanTeen regions will support local fundraising events ranging from a 12 hour Bike Bash in Pukekohe, an Art Auction in Nelson and a World Record Leg Wax attempt in the Manawatu.

Volunteers from across New Zealand will hit the pavements and malls around the country selling bandannas. They will be joined by more than 400 schools from Northland to Southland that have thrown their support behind their peers living with cancer, and have taken up the challenge to sell the most bandannas in the country.

Also this year, in a best-ever CanTeen TradeMe auction, Kiwis will be able to bid on memorabilia from a pair of Dan Carter’s Jockeys to a signed bandanna from Fight of the Century contenders Shane ‘the Mountain Warrior’ Cameron and David ‘theTuamanator’ Tua.

Other items on auction include an hour with Silver Ferns sharp-shooter Maria Tutaia, signed bandannas from Prime Minster John Key and the casts of Outrageous Fortune and Shortland Street. Or get your hands on a one of a kind (slightly used) surfboard from CanTeen Ambassador Paige Hareb.

Bandannas can be bought for $4 between October 16-31 at PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Jeanswest, Farmers, BP, Repco, Burger King, Radius Pharmacy and ASB Bank outlets nationwide.

All CanTeen Partners and Supporters have set New Zealand a Challenge. Please get out and support young people in your communities living with cancer. C’mon New Zealand…. SHOW US YOUR BANDANNA!!

For more information on CanTeen and their work supporting young people living with cancer in New Zealand please check them out on http://

About CanTeen

CanTeen is a New Zealand peer support organisation for young people aged 13 to 24 living with cancer. It is a place where members who might be patients, siblings or bereaved Siblings (and those former patients now in remission), can share their experiences with other young people who know what it is like to deal with cancer.

CanTeen believes no young person living in New Zealand should ever have to deal with cancer alone.

The bandanna is a symbol for CanTeen representing hope, courage and survival for an estimated 10-12,000 young people living with cancer in New Zealand.

The bandanna came about due to the fact that young people choose to wear one as a head covering when losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment.


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