Bowel Cancer NZ News Well done! Together, we’ve raised $168,000 to help beat bowel cancer A massive thank you to all of the amazing supporters who got behind the 2021 Move your Butt challenge. Together, you walked, ran, cycled, hiked, climbed, swam, burpeed, weight-lifted and yoga posed to raise a tremendous $168,000.

You have truly made a difference in our goal to help more Kiwis beat bowel cancer – ngā mihi, thank you!
June 2021

With no government funding – and fundraising events cancelled due to COVID-19 – we need your support more than ever!

They’re moving their butts to beat bowel cancer. Will you?

They’re bowel cancer patients, sisters and sons. And they all took on the Move your Butt Challenge this June awareness month, because bowel cancer has touched their lives deeply.

Read their stories

How to get involved

June is bowel cancer awareness month, so we’re encouraging New Zealanders to Move your Butts more during June. You can even Move your Butt from home if necessary, simply challenge yourself to exercise more than you usually do.

Here’s how:

Set your challenge

1. Set your challenge

It can be anything that gets you moving more – walking or cycling 20 minutes a day, doing star jumps with the family – it’s up to you.
Get started

Get sponsored

2. Get a team together

Get a team of friends, family or workmates moving together (virtually if needed). You’ll have more fun, stay motivated and raise even more money to beat bowel cancer.

Move your butts together

3. Get sponsored

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your challenge. You could WIN an awesome pair of Bum Huggers and raise vital funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand.

Save your butt

4. Save your butt

The good news is that if bowel cancer is diagnosed early enough, it CAN be beaten. So if you’re worried, move your butt and see your doctor.

Looking for ideas?

Check out 50 Ways to Get Moving, the Move your Butt toolkit and Moving more New Zealand. Join #moveyourbuttnz this June.

Why sign up to Move your Butt this June?

Because bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand. It kills as many New Zealanders as breast and prostate cancer combined – and it can affect anyone at any age.

During June alone:

Every day, on average:


Kiwis will be diagnosed with bowel cancer


Of us will die from bowel cancer

Every day on average:


Kiwis are diagnosed with bowel cancer


Of us will die from bowel cancer

Taking part in Move your Butt 2022 will help us reduce these shocking statistics
– and help fund patient support services, physio rehabilitation and counselling programmes.

Last year, hundreds of New Zealanders walked, ran, swam, star-jumped, trekked and tree-posed their way to raising nearly $168,000 towards life-changing bowel cancer awareness, advocacy, education, research and patient support.

Join us for 2022 Register your interest here

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