When is the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal?
The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal is taking place on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October 2023, at locations all around the country.
When can I sign up for a shift?
You can sign up now - just click here to find the location and time that suits you.
What will I do while volunteering?
You will be handing out pink ribbons and breast health education cards in return for a donation alongside another volunteer. Remember to smile and thank those who have donated! People may share their experiences with breast cancer, so be prepared to listen, too.
How long is my volunteering shift?
Each shift is just two hours long. You can select a collection site and time that suits you on our volunteer portal.
What do I need to bring?
Everything you need for the appeal will be there for you, including the buckets, ribbons and volunteer sashes. You’ll just take over from the person who has been collecting before you. You need to make sure you're dressed for the weather, and bring anything else you might need for the two-hour shift (e.g. water).
What should I wear?
Anything you like... although something pink definitely wouldn’t hurt! You will be provided with a pink sash so that you are recognisable as a BCFNZ volunteer – we ask that you wear this for the duration of your shift.
What if people don’t have cash?
No worries! Each bucket has a QR code that people can scan to donate.
Can I give out change?
No. Please don’t take the lid off your collection bucket – we have security seals in place to prevent this.
What should I do if I’m running out of ribbons or my collection bucket is getting full?
Please call your Area Coordinator straight away and they will come and re-stock your pink ribbons and swap out any full collection buckets.
I’ve booked a collection spot for me and my friend. Why do you need my friends contact details?
We collect these details so we can communicate important health and safety information to all of our volunteers. We’re responsible for everyone that's out and about during the appeal so it’s imperative that we have the information to get in touch if we need to.
What should I do if I’m sick?
Please don’t volunteer if you’re feeling unwell. Please get in touch with your Area Coordinator as soon as possible to let them know (their contact details will be provided closer to the appeal).
What if someone asks any health-related questions?
We provide breast health education cards that you can hand out to anyone – the number for our breast nurse line is on there (0800 226 8773) and you can let people know that they can call the line for free breast health advice.
What happens at the end of my shift?
Two more volunteers will take over from you when your shift is over. Please hand sashes, buckets, and ribbons over to them. If you are the last volunteer for the day, your Area Coordinator will come and pick everything up from you.
What should I do if the next volunteer doesn’t show up?
Wait for 15 minutes, then contact your Area Coordinator. If you are unable to reach them, leave a message to let them know you have the materials and how to pick them up.
What does my Area Coordinator do?
Your Area Coordinator is your key contact person who will help troubleshoot any problems over the Appeal days. They will also replace your collection bucket with empty ones, keep you stocked with pink ribbons and bank the collected funds from your area at the end of the Appeal. Please be patient when contacting your Area Coordinator on the day – they are coordinating multiple sites and volunteers and will get to you as quickly as they can.
Have we got permission to collect?
Yes, BCFNZ has obtained council and site permits across NZ.