The New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) is a not-for-profit organisation and is reliant on grants and donations from the New Zealand public including:
- Community events held nationwide
- NZGCF fundraising initiatives
- Trusts and Foundations
- Corporate Partners
Our mission is to educate women and the wider community about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers as early detection can help save lives. NZGCF aims to support women who are affected by gynaecological cancers in all stages of their journey.
NZGCF is the only national organisation which provides support, advocacy and awareness for women with gynaecological cancers. Our goal is to continue this great work and build our programmes further so we can support those experiencing this illness as well as their loved ones –through online resources, support groups and a living well programme.
Our symbol is the ‘teal ribbon’, the international symbol of gynaecological cancers. February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and September is International Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, making these two months the foundation’s major fundraising periods.
The need for NZGCF arose from a realisation that in New Zealand, three women are diagnosed and one woman dies every day from a gynaecological cancer. This equates to 1,000 NZ women being diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer each year and more than one woman dying every day. However there was little information, funding or support for women going through this journey and for their families. In addition there are more than one million women around the world diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every year.