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Young Kiwis lay down biggest Bandanna Challenge

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6 October, 2010

Young Kiwis lay down biggest Bandanna Challenge yet

Everyone knows being a young person can suck. But being a young person with cancer really sucks.

Next week the country will have its chance to step up and support adolescents and young adults whose lives are affected by cancer, by taking part in the CanTeen Bandanna Challenge from 16-31 October.

The rollout has begun with tens of thousands of brightly coloured bandannas being distributed around the country in anticipation of CanTeen’s biggest annual fundraiser.

The Challenge? Get as many people to buy and wear a bandanna as possible!
The 2010 designs are from ambassadors Dan Carter, Maria Tutaia, Lisa Tamati, Federation and Scott Dixon, as well as newest ambassador and first-time designer, Paige Hareb.

Designs have also come this year from CanTeen patient member Samuel Gwynn from Wellington, patient member Aeronwy Cording from Christchurch and CanTeen sibling member Rachel Allan also from Christchurch.

As if dealing with the radical changes of being a young person isn’t tough enough - an estimated 10,000-12,000 young people across the country have to deal with cancer on top.

CanTeen’s new print advertising campaign is fronted by brave cancer survivors Amanda Beaton from Auckland and Matt Scorringe from Whangamata, encouraging Kiwis to help young people living with cancer, “stand and fight”.

Also during the Bandanna Challenge communities from across the country will support all 13 CanTeen regions in their local fundraising events ranging from cycle challenges leg and chest waxing and head shaves.

Volunteers from across New Zealand will also hit the pave
ment and malls around the country selling bandannas. They will be joined by schools from Northland to Southland throwing their support behind their peers living with cancer and taking the challenge to sell the most bandannas out of any school in the country.

This year’s funky new designs can be bought for $4 at PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Farmers, BP, Repco, Burger King, Radius Pharmacy and ASB Bank outlets nationwide. Bandannas can also be bought online at www.canteen.org.nz.
Also this year, in a best-ever CanTeen TradeMe auction, Kiwis will be able to bid on Bandannas signed by celebrities including the All Whites, NZ Breakers, and TV celebrities from Go Girls and Shortland St.

The bandanna is a symbol for CanTeen representing hope, courage and survival and came about due to the fact that young people choose to wear one as a head covering when losing their hair when undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

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