Network News - 7 August 2017

New Zealand effort outstanding for World Head and Neck Cancer Day

Our WHNC day was a huge success. I am delighted to continue hearing about events, connections, donations, and general fun and camaraderie well after the day. Thank you to all those members, and our community, who gave up their time to raise awareness, education about Head and Neck Cancer. If you missed some of the action you can catch up here. A special acknowledgement to our committee member Olwen Williams who's tweet was the 6th most popular for the day across the world. 

Fundraising success!

We are pleased to share our success of fundraising $1345.75 to support our Network for the next year. This money will be used to continue our Network operations.  We will continue to produce and share resources which connect as many people as possible with an interest in head and neck cancer. We will support our members, their families and carers with kindness and compassion. We will continue to advocate for the best possible treatment, care and support of people affected by head and neck cancer in New Zealand. Thank you to those who donated, the staff and community of Ward 74 Auckland City Hospital, Gillies Hospital and Clinic, North Shore Hospital and those people who individually donated through our Give a Little page and our bank account.

If you missed out, you can make a donation vis Give a Little, (Click this link) or make a cash deposit direct to our bank account. Head and Neck Cancer Survivors' Support Network Kiwibank 38-9017-0819902-01

New Members

We welcome to our community Vicki ThomsonVicki ProvostTommy DonbavandGaye McDonnellkelsey,  and Ruth Doone. As you know, you can click on their names to send a message and welcome them to our Network. 

I have not personally met many of you, and here is something you may not know about me. I am a bit of technology and data geek. There is nothing I like more that a good set of statistics to mull over. Here are some you may find interesting. Each month we map our social media engagements for the Network, and as you can see in WHNCD (Week) we had a flurry of activity. What is interesting is that our connections are growing from New Zealand and internationally. If we put all our contacts together, we have a community of over 1000 people strong. 

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Ka kite ano,

Diana Ayling


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