Meet our community fundraisers

Every day of the week people just like you are fundraising for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society in varied and wonderful ways. They are shaving their heads, running marathons, climbing mountains, giving up chocolate, doing bake sales or organising a host of other activities to raise funds.

Here are some of our community fundraisers who have recently extended a helping hand to people with cancer and their families. 

Teams tackle sheds to back Cancer Society

Best Little Shed

Mark Watts with some of the Best Little Shed entrants.

One of the most creative fundraising ideas we’ve seen over the past year came from Cambridge’s Mark Watts, who organised the Best Little Shed as part of the town’s annual autumn festival. This is a great example of how a fundraiser can also work as a terrific community engagement event.

 Best Little Shed was a competition, auction and fundraiser in which five teams had six weeks to construct and paint their garden shed in a Cambridge theme. The sheds were displayed in town, and the public was encouraged to vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice competition. The sheds were then auctioned off, raising $1,500 for the Cancer Society.   

Starting early

William and Jerome

Jerome and William had their heads shaved by Nathan Harris.

Our community fundraisers come from all walks of life, and across the age spectrum. Some of our youngest community fundraisers include Kaipaki school students Jerome Crawford and William Cowan, who had their heads shaved by Chiefs rugby player Nathan Harris and raised $2,000 for the Cancer Society in the process.

Ten-year-old Taylor Lincoln, who goes to Kio Kio School, also decided to fundraise by cutting her hair. Taylor had her long locks cut off in April and used Everyday Hero to raise an impressive $650 for the Cancer Society. 

It’s fantastic to see such young kids already wanting to make a difference!

Lions clubs tireless fundraisers for the Cancer Society

Rail Trail Ride

Lions clubs organised a cycle ride on the Hauraki Rail Trail.

For 50 years, Lions clubs in the region have been tireless fundraisers for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, and in particular the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton.

Recent fundraising events include the Tirau Lions annual golf day, the Lions Clubs Hauraki Rail Trail Charity Cycle Ride and a fun walk/run which was held on farmland north of Morrinsville, organised by the Tahuna Lions Club.

A huge thank you to the Lions for their continued support.


By fundraising for the Cancer Society you will be helping people with cancer and their families by providing compassionate care and support and funding breakthrough cancer research.

We want to say a huge thank you to all our community fundraisers out there whose efforts and contribution to what we do are matched only by their kind hearts.

For more information or to discuss your idea please contact:

Nicky White
Fundraising Executive
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society
P:  07 262 0309