We're getting Cancer on the run

1 in 3 people are touched by cancer - we are doing our best to help each one. We are the second largest non‑government cancer research funding charity in New Zealand, and every cent of every dollar donated is applied to the work of the trust.

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Fighting cancer

The Cancer Research Trust is a registered Charity with the New Zealand Charities Services (registration CC23672), making all donations tax refundable.

The Trust provides grants to doctors and scientists conducting ground-breaking cancer research, and to medical and scientific cancer-control personnel for their professional development and education.

The Cancer Research Trust invites applications for grants to support New Zealand-based initiatives that will lead to improvements in the prevention, detection, diagnosis or treatment of cancer, or improvements in palliative care.

Visit our ‘Apply for a grant’ page for application details.

Recipient story

Francis Hunter

"​Tackling the enormous burden of suffering caused by cancer is one of the greatest challenges of our generation"
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  • Cancer Research Trust NZ was established in 2002 by New Zealand energy company Genesis Energy who endowed the Trust with $6.5 million between 2002 and 2003.
  • The key objectives of the Trust are the funding of innovative cancer research, and the professional development of scientists and clinicians working in the field of cancer-control and palliative care.
  • From 2004 to 2015 the work of the Trust was primarily funded by Genesis Energy Customers, who donated to the Trust via their energy bill. This allowed the capital to grow and income from these investments now covers the modest operating expenses of the Trust and funds some research, and professional education of medical and research personnel. The balance is funded by public donation.
  • By the end of 2019 more than $16 million will have been applied to the fight against cancer.
  • The Trust is now an independent and financially secure charity, but to continue the level of funding required to keep New Zealand at the forefront of cancer research, corporate and public donations are essential, and gratefully received. Every cent of every $ is applied to the work of the Trust.

Remember this little guy?
He was part of our awareness campaign in 2011

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