Sweet Louise, New Zealand's only charity solely dedicated to supporting incurable breast cancer, has just been named as one of four nominated charities to participate locally in Z's popular Good in the Hood Campaign for 2017.
Good in the Hood is a campaign running throughout Z stations nationwide during May in support of local community charities.
Customers purchase an item in store during May and are given a token to place into one of four charity boxes. At the conclusion of the campaign, $4000 will be split between the four groups, according to the number of votes they receive. Z Te Puke, Tauranga and Z Central Parade, Mt Maunganui have nominated Sweet Louise as one of their four charities along with Te Puke Volunteer Fire Brigade, Under the Stars Te Puke and Coastguard Maketu (at Z Te Puke) and Bay of Plenty Foster Care Association, Family Works Tauranga, and Live for More Charitable Trust (at Z Central Parade).
Sweet Louise CEO Fiona Hatton is delighted at their inclusion in the national campaign for the fourth consecutive year.
“We really appreciate this opportunity to raise funds and highlight what we are doing in communities such as Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, throughout New Zealand.”
Each year 3000 New Zealanders are delivered the news that they have breast cancer. Of these, 15-20 per cent will go on to develop incurable cancer, while 600 people die from it every year. Sweet Louise touches the lives of over 90 per cent of these people and relies solely on donations. There are currently 580 Sweet Louise members.
One local Bay of Plenty member who is extremely grateful to the Sweet Louise charity is Tracey Pay.
“My world fell apart and all I could think about was staying strong for my two boys,” she says.
“With the help of Sweet Louise that all seems possible. The charity is amazing, they send out vouchers to spend on things such as massages, flowers, cinema tickets, home cooked food (which really helps when you are not feeling well) and so much more. They provide support groups so you don't feel alone and seem to fill in the gaps where ever it is needed. I would truly would be lost without them, so please help in keeping Sweet Louise going by donating your tokens to this awesome charity.”
Z community manager Christine Langdon says it's wonderful to see Sweet Louise named again alongside other worthy charities.
“They offer an invaluable and unique service being the only charity solely dedicated to incurable breast cancer and we feel very proud to be partnering with our customers to support them.”