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New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation

From their website:

Who we are

Established in 2007, the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) works with women and health professionals across Aotearoa to raise awareness of gynae cancers.

We exist to inform and educate women about the symptoms of gynaecological cancers through public forums, information displays and open kōrero – because we know that early detection can save lives.

We also support women affected by gynaecological cancer at all stages through their journey.

The NZGCF receives no government funding and our work is only made possible by generous sponsors and supporters of our kaupapa and events.

Our history

The foundation was established in memory of Leonie Coates.

Leonie desperately wanted to help other women and their whānau through education and awareness of the signs and symptoms of women’s cancers, and to support others with the disease.

Leonie’s husband Allan gifted $10,000 from her estate and this funding along with sheer hard work and commitment of her daughters to honour her wishes, meant New Zealand women finally had their first dedicated Gynaecological Charity.

Leonie is the reason the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation was established.

It was her wish that assistance be available to women in her situation to enhance their quality of life, to share and to inform healthy women of their risks.


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