Wig Wednesday: Get wiggy to support Kiwi kids with cancer this September!

Wear a wig, shave your head or style a funky hairdo in September to support tamariki with cancer and their whānau.

Every week in Aotearoa, three families are told the heartbreaking news that their child has cancer. The treatment these children undergo often means they need to brave the world with no hair.

You can show your support for these children and their whānau by taking part in Wig Wednesday this September. Simply wear a wig, shave your head or style a funky hairdo for a day, while raising funds and awareness for Child Cancer Foundation.

Your efforts will ensure that more kids and whānau impacted by childhood cancer are provided with the essential support they need, every step of the way.

Last year, 450 amazing schools, businesses and community groups helped raise over $240,000 for tamariki with cancer and their families on Wig Wednesday. In 2021, we want to beat that… but we’ll need your help!

The national event date is Wednesday 8 September, 2021, but you can choose any date that works for you. Just get wiggy!

Register today at wigwednesday.org.nz.

Covid-19 update: With new community cases of Covid-19 present in Aotearoa, we ask that you follow the alert level rules in your region when planning your fundraiser. If that means you have to postpone your event until later in September, that’s okay! And remember that you can continue to bring in online donations even while we are in lockdown 💙

Wig Wednesday fundraising ideas

When it comes to fundraising, the more creative the better! Below are some wigtastic ideas for raising money to support Kiwi kids with cancer.

  1. Head shave. If someone in your whānau, workplace or community group has been waiting for the opportunity to shave their head or beard, now may be the perfect opportunity. Create some hype by setting a date and raising donations, then get the razor buzzing!
  1. Themed mufti day. Pick a theme and wear a wig to match! Dress up as your ultimate superhero, favourite animal or simply style your funkiest hairdo and collect gold coin donations for Child Cancer Foundation
  1. Host a wiggy workout. Run a morning yoga class or a lunchtime dance class to get moving! Encourage people to wear wiggy active wear for a bit of fun, and raise donations for Wig Wednesday by asking for a contribution from your participants. Make sure you follow us on Instagram for a new 45-second fitness challenge each Wednesday!
  2. Percentage of sales donation. Contribute a percentage of a product or service sales for a day, week or month to Child Cancer Foundation in the lead up to Wig Wednesday.
  3. Sausage sizzle. Stand out from the crowd and raise awareness by wearing wigs as you sell sausages for a donation. Don’t forget to ask your sausage suppliers if they have a charity discount!

Find more awesome ideas at wigwednesday.org.nz.



Meet last year’s fundraisers

Six-year-old Alex Wade was our incredible top fundraiser for Wig Wednesday last year, with his parents very daringly letting him shave their heads on the day. For the Wade family, last September was also the one-year anniversary of the day when their lives were turned upside down by Alex’s cancer diagnosis.

Alex’s parents, Carmel and Adrian, said they decided to get involved in Wig Wednesday as a way to pay it forward to Child Cancer Foundation for the support they have received. Their Wig Wednesday fundraising page, ‘Mighty Alex’, incredibly raised over $15,000!

“I wanted to shave off my hair to support other families who are dealing with the unimaginable,” said Carmel. “We have felt really well supported through this whole experience and we want to help other families to be supported through Child Cancer Foundation too.”

Read more Wig Wednesday fundraisers’ stories here.

How you can make a difference

Child Cancer Foundation connects each newly diagnosed family with a dedicated Family Support Coordinator, who provides them with one-to-one support in the specific areas they need it.

We don’t receive any funding from the government, so we rely on the generosity of Kiwis like you to help tamariki and whānau like Alex and the Wade family.

That’s why every donation to a Wig Wednesday fundraiser makes a difference – no matter how big or small! Here are some examples of how you could change the lives of tamariki with cancer and their whānau by taking part in Wig Wednesday this September:

Thank you so much for supporting tamariki with cancer this Wig Wednesday. For more information and to register now, please visit wigwednesday.org.nz.