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, style a funky hairdo or shave your head, 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, 500 amazing schools, businesses and community groups helped raise over $176,348 for tamariki with cancer and their families on Wig Wednesday. In 2022, we want to beat that… but we’ll need your help!

The national event date is Wednesday 7 September, 2022, but you can choose any date that works for you. Just get wiggy!

Register today at wigwednesday.org.nz.


How you will make a difference

Johnny, one of our awesome Wig Wednesday ambassadors, very bravely shared his experience with losing his hair during cancer treatment in the video above. Child Cancer Foundation has supported Johnny’s family every step of the way throughout their childhood cancer journey.

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 Johnny and his family.

That’s why every donation to a Wig Wednesday fundraiser makes a difference – no matter how big or small!

Show your support for Kiwi kids like Johnny by joining us this Wig Wednesday. Sign up now at wigwednesday.org.nz 

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 is the perfect opportunity. Create some hype by setting a date and raising donations, then get the razor buzzing!
  2. 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
  3. 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. If you need some inspiration, check out our ‘Wiggy Workout Challenges’ here!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Students and staff at Willow Park School on Auckland’s North Shore really got into the spirit of Wig Wednesday during lockdown in 2021, with one brave staff member pledging to shave her head if their school raised over $5,000… which they achieved in just a few days!

For each $1,000 they raised, students were treated to a surprises from a ‘mystery box’ – for example, one said that all teachers had to wear their clothes backwards for a day and another said that all classes could have a virtual party over zoom!

In total, Willow Park School and their awesome community raised $8,000 to support tamariki with cancer and their whānau.

Read more Wig Wednesday fundraisers’ stories here.


Sign up for Wig Wednesday today!

Thank you so much for supporting tamariki with cancer this Wig Wednesday. For more information and to register now, click the button below.