News Release: 15 September 2022
Every year in New Zealand more than 700 Kiwi men die from prostate cancer. That’s 58 dads, sons, brothers, and grandads dying each month.
‘Blue September’ is the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand’s (PCFNZ) primary fundraising campaign with every cent raised during the month used to help improve the health outcomes for men and their whānau living with prostate cancer.
This year Farmers is once again proud to be supporting Blue September and helping to support the 1 in 8 men who will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Customers can donate to Blue September in Farmers stores and online now, until the 28th of September. Farmers is holding a national ‘Do something Blue’ day on Thursday 15th September at all 59 Farmers stores, as well as its Support Office and Distribution Centre.
Farmers staff up and down the country will be turning up in blue to help raise awareness and much needed funds that go towards helping some of the 42,000 men living with prostate cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Last year Farmers customers donated over $107,000 during Blue September and hopes to beat that this year.
“Every year we are blown away by the support we receive from Farmers and its customers during Blue September,” says Peter Dickens, CEO of PCNFZ. “Without the passion and commitment shown to us by our Blue September community, we would not be able to provide the services that patients and those close to them rely on every day across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Funds raised are used for vital research into the disease and its impact, to create awareness through our education and outreach programmes, and to advocate for better access to diagnosis and treatments that are so desperately needed.
This year, Blue September hopes to raise more than $1 million in much needed funds, every cent of which goes toward providing essential wrap-around support services for men and their families living with prostate cancer.
PCFNZ receives no direct government funding and relies on the support of Farmers and their customers to help ensure they can continue to advocate on behalf of those impacted by prostate cancer and help eliminate death and suffering from Prostate Cancer.