• Volunteer your time
  • Regular donor
  • Events
  • Payroll giving
  • Will & bequest gift

Volunteering is rewarding

By volunteering with Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust, you’ll be helping contribute to the best breast cancer research to improve lives for people diagnosed with breast cancer.

We need volunteers to help us with events by working at our stand, collecting with donation buckets, distributing promotional material for upcoming events. Volunteers can also be asked to ring people on our database, or update some details on our database. Volunteers can also run their own event in support of us – we are happy to offer support, advice where needed.

As a volunteer you can offer as much or as little time as works for you. This could be a few hours, a day or two, or an evening at a special event. Every bit of time you spend as a volunteer is genuinely valued and appreciated by us, and the people we support through research.

If breast cancer has touched you personally, or touched someone you care about, volunteering can be one way to help make sense of the chaos caused by cancer.

As a charitable trust, the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust does not receive any government funding. We rely on grants, donations, sponsors and fundraising activities to ensure we can continue our evidence-based breast cancer research in pursuit of the best.

Find out more about volunteering

To find out more about volunteering please email or phone 07 8398726 ext 97845

Breast Cancer research makes a difference!

Dear Friend/Supporter

I was 21 when my mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer, my two younger sisters were eight and eleven at the time. I was devastated by this news and I worried for the future of my sisters as they were still so young. My mother enjoyed another 10 years following her initial treatment but unfortunately died of her advanced breast cancer. Our family nursed her at home until the end, which is one of the hardest things I have ever done.

In the early years of my nursing career I worked in an inpatient Oncology ward. I thought I understood how women diagnosed with breast cancer must feel but when it is your own mother, it is a very different experience.

My mother died in the same year that I completed a post-graduate qualification in research. Throughout my studies I had been inspired to work in research as a means of making positive change.

I have now been working as a research nurse at the Breast Care Centre, Waikato Hospital since 1997. For the past 13 years, working with local specialists, I have considered myself very fortunate in my professional life to be able to make a difference with extending women’s lives after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Here in the Waikato region we are one of NZ’s leading breast cancer research centres. As well as our own studies, we collaborate on clinical trials with the Australia New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group and other major groups around the world.

In 2000, I was one of a group of committed people who set up the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust, a charitable trust which enables our extensive Waikato research and audit programme.

In the Waikato, approximately one woman is diagnosed each working day. For every woman diagnosed there are family members and loved ones who are also affected. My commitment to breast cancer research remains stronger than ever. With the knowledge, we have gained from research, I am determined, along with my colleagues, that our women receive the best care possible!

If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to support the work of the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust please do so today. We pledge to you that every donation will make a difference.

Jenni Scarlet
Breast Cancer Research Nurse
Secretary, Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust

Community Fundraising

Each year a variety of events are held around New Zealand by groups and individuals in support of the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust (WBCRT). The WBCRT is very grateful to these outstanding individuals and groups who raise breast cancer awareness, support and funds for the WBCRT.

Creating your own fundraising event/project is a really great way to raise money for the WBCRT ad to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Each year local communities work together to raise funds that enable the WBCRT to continue our vital work for women, men and their families affected by breast cancer.

How do I get started?

It couldn’t be easier! If you would like to hold an event, our fundraising guidelines will help you get started. The WBCRT welcomes events from individuals, clubs and organisations who wish to do fundraising on our behalf, promote our image and raise awareness of breast cancer. We do however, need to take care to ensure that your event or project will align with our cause and our values.

Ideas for organising a great event:

Choose what type of event you would like to hold. If you are note sure, here are some ideas to get you started:

Host a ‘Pink walk’ in your area.

Hold a ‘Pink Partaay’ or ‘Bejewelled Bra Ball’.

Organise a ‘Pink Day’ in your place of work, get everyone to donate $1.

Bake 100 Pink Cupcakes and sell to your friends/family.

Have you heard about Payroll Giving?
What is it?

From 7th January 2010, a new voluntary Payroll Giving scheme has been introduced for New Zealand workplaces. It is a scheme that gives employees the opportunity to donate to an approved donee organisation direct from their pay.

The scheme means that employees will receive a tax credit of 33.3% on all “payroll giving” donations at the time the donation is made rather than having to wait until the end of the tax year. This means that for every $3 donated a $1 tax credit is applied and therefore the donation has only actually cost the employee $2. Importantly though the chosen Charity or community organisation will receive the full $3 donation.

In the past, donors had to save receipts and then submit them at the end of the year to obtain a tax refund. This system is cumbersome and often refunds are not claimed. Payroll Giving will be more convenient for donors. You simply choose the organisation that you want to give to off a list of verified donee organisations. The donations are then transferred through to your chosen organisation, and donors will get their tax credit straight away.

How do you get involved?

If your organisation would like to be involved in the payroll giving scheme, you will need to be registered as a donor organisation with the Inland Revenue and your will need to provide the Ministry of Social Development with a set of information which will allow the set up of systems to transfer donations.

Another organisation, the Payroll Giving Foundation, is working with industry partners to supply a simple and easy system that will enable willing employees to make payroll giving requests and changes with as little effort as possible.

The Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust (WBCRT)is a registered donee organisation with both the Payroll Giving Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development.

Help us make a difference by choosing the WBCRT as your payroll giving organisation.
Make a Gift in Your Will
Leaving a gift to Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust is a positive way in which you can help

A Will is the best way to provide for those you leave behind. It offers peace of mind knowing that after you have gone your final wises will be fulfilled. As your family grows, it is important to update your Will to reflect changes such as the arrival of children and grandchildren.

By leaving a gift to the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust(WBCRT), you can extend your legacy to benefit many. Your gift is not only an investment in the future of your family, friends and loved ones, but also an opportunity to make a difference to thousands of New Zealander’s lives, now and in the years ahead. It’s a way to give beyond your lifetime, and make a lasting contribution towards the fight against breast cancer.

No amount is too small. Whatever the contribution, you can be sure the WBCRT will use your gift wisely to reduce the impact and incidence of breast cancer within our communities.

For your gift to the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust the following wording is recommended:

“I give and bequeath (free of all duties) to the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust the sum of (or description of property and assets) for general purposes (or specific purpose) thereof and I declare that the receipt of the secretary or any other proper officer thereof shall be full and sufficient discharge to my trustee for the said legacy nor shall by trustee be bound to see the application thereof.”

Thank you.