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What motivates people to support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation? Read the inspiring stories and dream up your special way of supporting prostate cancer awareness.

Ravensdown Aerowork 

Ravensdown Aerowork is an Agricultural Aviation business (topdressing fertiliser on hill country farms) with eight bases around the country where they operate fixed-wing aircraft from, the main base being the maintenance facility in Whanganui where the aircraft are serviced. Their industry, as reflected in their workforce of pilots, loader drivers and engineers, is predominantly male and while they employ over 50 staff during peak periods, they currently only have five females in the team.

Their business is very seasonal with staff working in a very demanding environment which requires the company to be very conscious of their people’s physical and mental health. Given their workforce demographic and the fact that one in eight Kiwi men will get prostate cancer, Ravensdown Aerowork saw the opportunity to not only lift their staff’s awareness of the disease but to raise some money for a great cause, and have some fun while doing it.

They agreed on an auction and their Safety Systems Manager approached a few Whanganui businesses for support including Carters Building Supplies, Joe Lett Marine & Mobility, Trade Zone and David Jones Motors who all donated products which were added to the more than 50 items donated by the Ravensdown Aerowork business and staff. The Friday night auction was held at a Whanganui establishment with staff driving from as far as Taumaranui and Taihape to attend, others joining via Microsoft Teams. Local nurse (and wife of one of the team) gave a presentation about prostate cancer and the information was well received, including anatomy drawings on cardboard which apparently went down really well.

What Ravensdown Aerowork found when promoting this internally was people within their business that had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and a good number with friends and family that had been affected by it. They also report that they are aware of a number of people have been tested, so clearly the awareness has been lifted. Considering this, the fact that they all had a good time and raised a heap of money, they firmly believe this event was a roaring success!


Blue Balls 

Blue Balls

The brainchild of our friends at  Nut Brothers and Loaf NZ this nutritious snack combined the tastiest natural blueberries with the finest peanut butter goodness. Blue Balls were available from Countdown Supermarkets and Loaf NZ’s online store throughout Blue September, and not only did they taste great, they helped raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, and raised vital funds with 40 cents from every individual pack going to Prostate Cancer NZ and Testicular Cancer NZ.


Giftbox Boutique – Blue Ribbon Appeal 2020 

Leading up to Father’s Day, Giftbox Boutique held its annual blue ribbon appeal to raise money for Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ. The online gift hamper retailer encouraged customers to add a decorative blue ribbon to their Father’s Day gift order for an additional one dollar. Giftbox Boutique then matched this donation meaning two dollars donated for every gift basket sent out with a blue ribbon attached. The blue ribbon appeal raised $1,728 and significantly eclipsed last year’s donation of $720.

“It was great to see so many of our customers getting behind such a deserving cause. Each year we try and beat our previous year’s donation. We were over the moon to beat this by more than double!” – Katie Grey, Giftbox Boutique Director


Hautapu Rugby Club’s Blue Ribbon Day Charity Match and Auction

The Cambridge-based rugby club commissioned a special rugby strip, by Paladin Sports, for its Senior A team to play in against opponents Fraser Tech at Memorial Park in Cambridge. People paid a gold coin entry fee as a donation and the Hautapu rugby jerseys were later auctioned at the clubrooms.

The Blue Ribbon event was organised by club member Phil Herewini who was pleased with the result of the charity game and auction, raising over $25,000 for the Foundation.

PCF Ambassador Buck Shelford was the guest speaker and had this to say, “I think the message is getting through to the older generation but we need to work more on the younger ones.

“Men know that when they turn 40, they should start going to their doctor for regular check ups. For the ones younger than that, it’s about being aware of any changes in their body, and going to the doctor for advice.”

Raised over $25,000


DSC_0008Kim McInally – Taranki – Around the Mountain

If there’s one thing in life I thought I would never have to worry about, it’s Prostate Cancer. I was wrong. My Dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2010. Thanks to an early diagnosis and successful surgery, my Dad is a prostate cancer survivor. He’s one of the lucky ones. Prostate cancer is the third biggest killer of men of all cancers (behind lung and bowel cancers).
In honour of my Dad and all the amazing men in my life (my wonderful husband Wayne, my brother Rhys, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends) I’m running a 100 mile (166km) race around beautiful Mt Taranaki for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. It’s a great charity – the money raised will be used to support men currently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer plus fund research into the disease. So please sponsor me now! Many thanks for your support. Raised over $3,420 Source: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/KimMcInally/


Corys SMT RunCorys Electrical – Senior Management Team – 24 Hour Run-A-Thon

Thanks to Corys who are one of our corporate supporters of Blue September, they do a great job every year in raising awareness and funds for the foundation. Well done on the 24 hour Run-A-Thon this year.
Raised $10,000.


Prostate Fundraiser

Great Grape Ride – 2000km London to Valencia

A cunning plan was hatched nearly 7 years ago whilst sitting with my long time friend Simon on a bench in Richmond Park London. I was on holiday with Ann, my wife, apprehensively preparing ourselves for my scheduled radical prostectomy surgery and whatever laid ahead….Read full story
Raised over $14,000.


karen 3Karen Greenwood – Adidas Auckland Marathon

My Dad died of Prostate Cancer 5 years ago. So this year in memory of Dad I’m running the Auckland half marathon in support of Prostate Cancer. It’s a great charity – the money raised will be used to support men currently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer plus also research into the disease.

I’m definitely not a natural runner so this is hard work for me. I have been training all year for this, so would appreciate your support.

Source: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/karengreenwood/

Raised over $700.