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A gift in your Will2024-03-04T08:34:36+13:00


Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.
Help us beat bowel cancer.

By leaving a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer New Zealand, you’re leaving a legacy that helps fund vital advocacy, awareness, research and support services… so we can beat bowel cancer once and for all.

Your lasting legacy

Unless we take steps to beat it, generations of New Zealanders will die of bowel cancer. By 2030, more than 10,000 Kiwis will have died from this silent killer if we don’t do something – and soon.

Right now, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the OECD. Our goal is to reverse this: to lead the world with solutions to reduce these statistics and free future generations from the impact of bowel cancer.

Leaving a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer New Zealand is a lasting legacy that has the power to change the future. Your generosity will live on for many generations and could help save countless lives.

Your lasting legacy

Why leave a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer New Zealand?

Your legacy will help us realise our vision of all New Zealanders living free from the impact of bowel cancer. You’ll be funding much-needed support for those affected by bowel cancer, as well as research, prevention, awareness and advocacy, so that:

  • More New Zealanders will be aware of the early signs of bowel cancer and stop sitting on their symptoms.
  • Health professionals will recognise and diagnose bowel cancer in its early stages across all age groups.
  • Those diagnosed with bowel cancer and their whānau will have the support and information they need throughout their cancer journey.
  • More Kiwis will change their lifestyles to reduce their chances of developing bowel cancer.

“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 28 and 16 years later I’m still here – I was one of the lucky ones. I helped establish Bowel Cancer New Zealand in 2010 because I know that together, we can make a difference. I want to be sure that my children, and my children’s children, will be free of bowel cancer. Every gift we get helps to make this possible – and has the potential to save lives. Thank you.”
Mary Bradley, Survivor


How do I go about leaving a gift in my Will?2024-03-04T08:31:56+13:00

Leaving a gift in your Will is surprisingly simple. Any gift, big or small, will make a real difference to the many New Zealanders whose lives are touched by bowel cancer.

We always recommend that you look after your family and loved ones first in your Will – and that you discuss your intentions to leave a legacy to Bowel Cancer New Zealand with them, so there are no surprises later on.

If you have an existing Will, simply add your bequest by submitting a codicil to your solicitor (a codicil is an addition to a Will that explains or changes the Will or part of it).

If you haven’t already made a Will, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a solicitor to talk through your needs – or alternatively, you can organise a Will relatively affordably through The Public Trust, Perpetual Guardian or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

To learn more about leaving a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer New Zealand, please contact Sheena Revington and download our brochure here.

Should I let you know if I’m planning to make a gift in your Will?2023-02-16T02:48:08+13:00

Yes, please let us know if you are intending to leave a gift in your Will to Bowel Cancer New Zealand (even if it’s anonymous), so we can acknowledge and thank you in your lifetime. Of course, we will also respect any wishes to keep your gift anonymous.
Once you’ve made a gift in your Will, if you wish, we’ll keep in touch with:

  • Invitations to specific events including opportunities to meet our team.
  • Updates on future plans and projects.
  • Acknowledgement and thanks for your gift.
What does ‘bequest’ mean?2023-03-08T21:03:29+13:00

A bequest is a specific gift that’s included in your Will (once you’ve taken care of loved ones or family members). There are three ways you can do this:

  • You can bequest a percentage of your estate;
  • You can bequest a specific sum of money or item (such as property, stocks and shares, works of art or antiques);
  • Or you can bequest the residue of your estate after you’ve provided for family and other beneficiaries (this is what’s left after payment of all debts, expenses and specific gifts to family members and friends).

You don’t need to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will. Bequests come in all sizes and no gift is too small. In fact, many people find that a bequest is an ideal way to make a lasting contribution without impacting their finances during their lifetime.
For more information, please feel free to email

Can I make a bequest to a specific project or programme?2023-03-08T21:05:34+13:00

As it could be many years before the gift in your Will becomes a reality, it’s best not to be too specific in your bequest because our projects and priorities may change over time.

We ask you to trust our experienced leadership team to place your gift where it’s most needed at the time. For more information, please email

With enough Will, we can beat bowel cancer.

To speak confidentially about leaving a gift in your Will or to learn more, please contact Sheena, our Planned Giving Manager.

Find out more – download or order your free bequest brochure today. DOWNLOAD BROCHURE


Rebekah Heal
General Manager

“Your bequest could truly help save lives – thousands of lives. Currently, around three New Zealanders die from bowel cancer, every day. Your generosity means that fewer lives will be touched by bowel cancer through life-saving awareness, prevention, research and support.”