We are so proud of all the incredible things our donors, fundraisers and supporters have helped us achieve in the past year. Together, we are making huge strides to diagnose women earlier, treat them better ,and improve survival to help women live better, longer lives.
In 2021, you helped us:
- Get ovarian cancer symptoms posters in GP practices nationwide to educate women,
- Develop and distribute a GP education resource nationwide to educate doctors about ovarian cancer,
- Take a petition to parliament advocating strongly at a government level for changes to diagnose wahine earlier, treat ovarian cancer better and fund research to break the 50% survival ceiling,
- Facilitate $200,000 in funds raised overseas for top international ovarian cancer researchers to continue research into low-grade serous ovarian cancer,
- Fund a local research project at the University of Otago,
- Work with Rural Women New Zealand to educate the rural community (and tens of thousands of people at Fieldays),
- Talk about ovarian cancer on national television and radio, and get coverage in newspapers and magazines, as well as talk about younger women’s ovarian cancer in the prestigious UK “The Independent” newspaper,
- Co-administer the New Zealand Ovarian Cancer Support Group on Facebook,
- Put ovarian cancer on billboards nationwide for Gynaecological Cancer Month in September to raise awareness (billboards and creative services gifted)
- Put ovarian cancer on 350 billboards in the UK and US – including a 300m long one in New York’s Times Square for World Ovarian Cancer Day to raise awareness (billboards and creative services gifted)
- Be one of 12 organisations around the world whose work got acknowledged with an Impact Award from the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition,
- Protest with Patient Voice Aotearoa and Rare Disorders NZ for improvements to medicines access, and make submissions on important issues to our community, including the Pharmac Review -Pharmac’s proposal to formally decline funding for Avastin for ovarian cancer, and the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) DHB reform bill.
Thank you so much for your support – we could not have done this without you!
Want to learn more about our activities?
OCFNZ started as Cure Our Ovarian Cancer in 2018, with a focus on low-grade serous ovarian cancer. In 2020, we expanded our focus to include all ovarian cancer and, in 2024, we changed our name to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation New Zealand.