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San Diego County Cancer Navigator Charity Profile
The Cancer Society organisation was formed in 1929 when the New Zealand Branch of the British Empire Cancer Campaign opened in Wellington with the ‘conquest of cancer' as its mission. The plan was to have the headquarters in Wellington and establish regional divisions, where practicable and desirable, to carry out the aims of the Society to:
provide consultation clinics for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
begin and maintain research into the causes of cancer in New Zealand
By 1963 there were six regional divisions and the name of the society was changed to ‘Cancer Society of New Zealand Incorporated'. The objective of the organisation became ‘to minimise the impact of cancer'.
In 1977 The National Council appointed a part time administrator, followed by the appointment of a Chief Executive and the set up of the Wellington national office, in 1981. National Education programmes, mainly in the SunSmart area, commenced in 1980 with a ‘smart cookies don't burn campaign'.
The first fundraising campaign ‘Cancer Alert' was held in 1981 and raised $2.5 Million for general and research purposes.
In 1996 national office came into being as we know it today, funded by levies from the six divisions. The Cancer Society of New Zealand is currently the leading non-government organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of cancer and ensuring cancer care for everyone in New Zealand. It is an independent charity.
The society continues to have a national office in Wellington, six autonomous regional divisions, and centres within the divisions. The focus is on locally funded provision of support services, health promotion and information appropriate to the people in each area. The society is a pro-active advocate for cancer patients in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues affecting prevention, screening, detection and treatment.The Cancer Society of New Zealand is the leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand.We are the leading cancer patient advocate in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer detection and treatment. We have a National Office located in Wellington, six regional offices and 15 centres, all involved in raising their own funds and providing local support services.