How to get involved

June is bowel cancer awareness month, so we’re encouraging all New Zealanders – young and old, fit and unfit – to move their butts during June. You don’t have to run a marathon, 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 20 minutes a day, doing 10 press-ups a day, cycling to work – it’s up to you. See below for loads of ideas.

Get sponsored

2. Get sponsored

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your challenge. You could WIN great prizes and raise vital funds for Bowel Cancer New Zealand.

Move your butts together

3. Move your butts together

Get a team of friends, family or workmates moving together. It’ll help you stay motivated and raise even more money to beat bowel cancer.

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 Move your Butt this June?

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

During June alone:

Every day, on average:


New Zealanders will be diagnosed with bowel cancer


New Zealanders will die from bowel cancer

Every day on average:


Of us are diagnosed with bowel cancer


Of us will die from bowel cancer


Looking for someone? Support and donate to your friends or family by searching for them here:

Getting more exercise and eating well can help prevent bowel cancer, plus 100% of funds raised go towards bowel cancer awareness, research, advocacy and support.

So Move Your Butt and Sign Up for the challenge!

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Beating bowel cancer

No one likes to talk about bowel cancer, but the bottom line is the more you know, the better the chances of beating it.
So check out our helpful blogs, tips and stories on preventing this silent killer.

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