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Our Purpose & Key Reports

Finding out your child has cancer turns your life upside down. It happens to more than three Kiwi families every week. None of them ever thought it would happen to their child.

What we do

Cancer doesn’t care about these children or their families. Child Cancer Foundation does.

We support them every step of the way, helping them overcome challenges and maintain control of their lives.

We focus on the whānau, not the cancer. No two families’ experiences are the same, and neither is the nature of the support they need.

One thing is always the same: we support every family so they can concentrate on the most important thing of all, loving and caring for their child.

Our vision

To walk alongside and support all children and their families on their cancer journey and advance improvements to child cancer care.

Kā haere tahi tatou tē taha ā tamariki, mē tē whānau katoa. I tēnei hikoi mate pukupuku hei rangatu ngā whanake hēi awhi ngā tamariki i tēnei mate pukupuku.

Our whakataukī

Tō tuāoma timatatanga
Ō kawenga pikau mahi
Ka hāere tonu ia ra, ia ra
Mō ō ratou oranga

Your journey began
With challenges day after day
With integrity and commitment
We support you and your whānau with empathy

Our values

Whakapono | Belief

Belief in the mahi we do to achieve supportive, compassionate outcomes grounded in resilience for our families, children and each other no matter the circumstances.

Tautiaki | Trust

Trusting and honouring the dedication of our leaders, team mates, volunteers and supporters.

Trusting that we will work with each other with honesty and integrity guided by the articles of Te Tiriti.

Ngākau Aroha | Empathy

Working with empathy demonstrating support, compassion, resilience, respect, spirit and generosity.

Serving those we work with, our funders, donors and other stakeholders from the place where they are. Ensuring unique and tailored solutions to best meet their needs.

Our aim

Our goal is for each family to have the strength to say goodbye to us one day.

Having a child diagnosed with cancer can change a family forever, so we help them adapt to their new reality. In time, our support will help them find the tools they need to move forward with their lives

How we make a difference

Here are just some of the ways we supported 1,324 families in 2020/21:


Families joined the Beads of Courage® programme


Families support with counselling


Worth of grocery shops paid for (on 535 occasions)


Personal Development Grants awarded


Active Whānau Connect Groups run by volunteers nationwide


Families supported through palliation and bereavement

Our impact

Annual Review 2020/21

Ma te hīkaka ka manawaroa tonu - Stamina and endurance is resilience personified.

Thank you to Kaumātua Sonny Niha for generously gifting us this whakataukī to represent the theme for our 2020/21 Annual Review: resilience.

Help us make a difference.
We can’t do this without you.