“A bit of a Do” Launch Party – 27th February 2016

WOW! What a fantastic night we had!!! 150 people came to The Featherston Tavern to support us and WE RAISED $20K! $20K!!! We were blown away by everyone’s generosity and support.

There was music by Aaron Andis, delicious food (and hot dog’s to takeaway at the end!), raffles galore, $5 lucky dip balloons with prizes in them, discounted drinks and the two auction iems that went for a combined $4k! And of course there was a photo booth which was a whole heap of fun!  Every single cent that went across the bar, from the ticket sales, from the raffle sales from everything and anything went to the Foundation (click here to find out more about our BIG announcement on where that money is going!)

We auctioned an Auckland trip which was  Air New Zealand flights, accommodation at Rydges Auckland and a $500 voucher at Harbourside Ocean Bar & Grill for 2 people AND lunch the next day at Brew on Quay  that went for $1900! And a 2015/16 signed Manchester United jersey with a Certificate of Authentication went for $2150!!

We had $20 raffle items which included: Platinum stand seats for Hurricanes game AND dinner at Avida for 6 people, an all inclusive dinner party at YOUR house with a private chef and waiter from The Featherston for 6 people AND lastly but not least a 5 star package at The Bolton Hotel for one night incl. bubbles & petite fours on arrival and  degustation dinner for 2 at ARTISAN & late midday check out.

Our $10 raffle items included: a Tuscany 45L bar fridge filled with goodies,  2x $500 New World vouchers, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0 AND a 20” Compaq LCD monitor, a night out in Wellington –  $100 voucher for St Johns Bar, 1 night at the Trinity Hotel & breakfast for 2 at Arborist eatery, and a Golf Day package – round of golf for 4 people at Paraparaumu Golf course plus a cart, $100 voucher at The Old Bailey & a magnum of Louis Roderer champagne for the day’s winner!

We were so lucky to be also given by the Interislander a Family travel voucher for two adults, three kids with one car RETURN!

Here are some pics from the night – for all of them go to our Facebook page:



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The Karen Louisa Foundation featured on “Story” TV3

Trustee Lisa Scott & Karen’s husband Todd feature on TV 3’s “Story” in a great opportunity to bring some awareness to the lack of accessibility of innovative and much needed breast cancer drugs in New Zealand.  The statistics never seem to NOT blow us away –  LAST country in the OECD in access to medicines & only 13% of medicines that MedSafe has approved in the last 5 years have even made it here!!! Shocking.

Christine Manins is one inspirational & brave lady and the fact that she is paying $7500 a month for Everolimus, a well researched and funded drug in Australia, that should be available free too in New Zealand,  is heartbreaking.  We will continue to bring awareness to this cause & hope that one day these medicines will be free for all.  

All New Zealander’s should have access to the best possible medication on par with Australia, Karen was passionate about this – so too are we.  

Click here to watch the story and find out a little bit more on who Karen was and what was important to her

The latest PHARMAC report Nov 2015

The Karen Louisa Foundation strongly disagree with the latest PHARMAC report entitled “Do differences in funding cancer medicines in Australia and New Zealand impact on people’s health?” The report can be found here.

We fully support both Evangalia Henderson, CEO of New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s open letter, which can be found here.

And that of Libby Burgess’s statement from Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalliation.

The Karen Louisa Foundation, with the support of our donors, will continue to work in an education and awareness role so that ultimately one day soon  Kadcyla, Perjeta, Abraxane, Faslodex, Afinitor, and Halaven are available to advanced breast cancer patients in New Zealand.

To see the change that availability of medicine can make in a patient’s life, see this piece about Tracey Eisling.