CanTeen calls for volunteers

LISA KNIGHT
Last updated 12:00 15/08/2014
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HELPING HAND: Youth worker Karen Woodfield, at back, with patient Ana-Leigh Rowe, left, and Kathryn Harris, who lost her brother to cancer, show some of the items they have made.

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Love to loom? Then maybe you can help youngsters fighting cancer.

CanTeen Manawatu, which supports more than 70 young people living with cancer either as patients, siblings or bereaved siblings, is calling for volunteers to help with its national appeal next month.

CanTeen Manawatu youth worker of member services Karen Woodfield said the group was making loom bands, keyrings, bunting, mobile phone bags and could do with any assistance, ideas or help with collecting during the appeal.

"We're really open to volunteers who might want to come and help with ideas on fundraising," she said.

"I think if people actually understand what CanTeen does and the values we live by, they'll find they'll get more out of it than they give."

With no government funding, providing the service relied heavily on the support of the local community, Woodfield said.

"Young people living with cancer often had a really different journey to adults."

Kathryn Harris, whose brother David died from cancer at age 11, said she enjoyed helping out with fundraising activities after university each week. "CanTeen was there for me when I lost my brother so it's good to be able to give back to the organisation that gave so much to me," she said.

"It's not government-funded, so we have to find new and creative ways to make money and these type of things are really fun, it's a really fun environment."

Patient Ana-Leigh Rowe, 17, said she enjoyed getting to know others while helping CanTeen. "It's a really great environment and it helps kids like me feel they can go somewhere where people understand, when other kids their age don't."

The CanTeen appeal would be from September 12 to 28, with street appeals in Feilding on September 19, Palmerston North on September 19 and 21, and Levin on September 20.

A quiz night fundraiser will be held in Palmerston North on September 12 as well as a barbecue at The Warehouse on September 13.

To assist with volunteering, phone Karen Woodfield on 021 995 816.

CanTeen supports New Zealand young people aged 13 to 24 living with cancer, including services in counselling, self-development and leadership, recreational activities, support groups and grants.

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- Manawatu Standard

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