November – Diabetes Awareness Month

November is the official month of awareness for Diabetes and we have a number of fundraising activities going on around the country. It is not too late to get involved! Check out some of the initiatives below.

Firstly our team of 22 runners are participating in the Queenstown Marathon. This includes a number of our Type 1 children and their siblings - check out the video below to see their progress and if you want you can make a donation at

Also as part of this project we are hosting a Marquee at the Sports expo in Queenstown on the 16th and 17th. We are having lucky dips, and auctions from a number of items that have been donated. Keep an eye on our facebook page for some great deals for you to bid on! And if you know of anyone who would like to donate - from as little as a coffee voucher, to as big as a helicopter ride, please contact Megan or Simone

Go Blue - Mufti Day

Schools and business all over NZ are taking part in a "Blue Mufti Day" on World Diabetes Day - Tuesday 14th November. If you would like a copy of the PDF you can download it here for busineses or here for schools.

Stall at your local business

A few of our volunteers have approached businesses to see if they can hold a stall and collect funds while running raffles and distributing flyers about our research. If you would like help organising this call the office on 03 479 5858. Games are always a great attraction at these events.


Move It in MOVE - MBER!

An initiative started by one of our members Gavin Clark. Quite simple really, all you have to do is register your activity and commitment on our facebook event page here: , get your friends and family to sponsor you here:
or they can donate direct to our account:
Westpac, Spinal Cord Society NZ
03-0363-0273614-001 and reference Move-mber


Thank you CERT

Thank you CERT!


We had a lovely visit from Keisha Hollands today and her Mum Claire. They have been very loyal supporters of ours for a number of years now. Keisha wanted to say a huge thanks on behalf of the Society to the CERT for their recent grant towards our operational costs!

Keisha says a cure would mean - FREEDOM! a life without being jabbed with insulin 4-5 times a day. We are right with you on that one Keisha! Thanks for your visit today, was great to see you both!


Jaylen-Blaze one of our young volunteers has kindly made this thank you card for the Becroft Foundation. The Becroft Foundation have been regular supporters of the Society over the past few years.

Jaylen-Blaze, an avid skateboarder, has had Type-1 diabetes for 5 years now, finding a cure means the world to him and his Mum. If you would like to support SCSNZ call us on 03 4795858 or donate here.

Run for our Research!

It never ceases to amaze us the dedication and commitment that our supporters have to helping us raise funds! This year it comes in the form of several of our type-1 kids and their siblings, and a few hardy adults in participating in the Air New Zealand International Marathon in November. If you or a family member would like to participate in this please check the link here. Don't panic - kids can run a marathon in the lead up weeks/months and finish their efforts off in front of family and friends with a 2.2km run. Or for the more hardy there is a 10KM run - kids must be accompanied with an adult, or for the really dedicated there is a first time half marathon, half or full! So if you are looking for an excuse to do your first half marathon why not support us at the same time. Our marketing team will be assisting in setting up fundraising pages........more info on this to come, if you are keen, email

North and South Trust………you are pretty damn awesome!

Over the past 3 years North and South have been regular donors supporting us with salaries for our research team. Once again we are privileged to receive their donation so that our researchers can continue their journey towards finding a better treatment for the 26,000+ people in New Zealand effected with type 1 diabetes!

Thank you to The Southern Victorian Trust

A heartfelt thanks goes out to the Southern Victorian Trust who recently supported SCSNZ with their research efforts. The assistance The Southern Victorian have given us means that we have been able to keep a second Research Technician on after Vicky returns from maternity leave. This will allow the research team to carry out their work in a much timelier fashion!

Thank you Southern Victorian Trust

Trillian Trust pledges further support for SCSNZ

Trillian Trust has provided over $105 million in grants to thousands of community organisations throughout New Zealand.

The Spinal Cord Society would like to take the opportunity to thank the Trillian Trust for their recent donation of $5,000 towards consumables and equipment for the laboratory. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.




This is to inform everyone that the Annual General Meeting of the Spinal Cord Society New Zealand Incorporated will be held at the Society's registered office at 428 Hinuera Road,   R.D. 2, Matamata at 2 p.m. on Sunday 9th July 2017. All are welcome to attend.

Any person who wishes to have any matter discussed at the Annual General Meeting is invited to write/email the Secretary of the Society, Emily Meese, c/- Registered Office of the Society, 428 Hinuera Road, R.D. 2, Matamata 3472 or send an email to  

Any such notice must be given in writing prior to 26th June 2017.

Notice given at Matamata this day, Monday 29th May 2017, by Noela Vallis, President

PS: Anyone wishing to attend please bring a plate.

It is essential for the conduct of business at the Annual General Meeting that those unable to attend please send their proxy to the registered office of the Society no later than 26th June 2017.




Regular supporters Callis Charitable Trust support SCSNZ again!

Callis Charitable Trust have given to a number of organisations throughout Otago and here at the Spinal Cord Society NZ we are pleased to announce that this year the Callis Trust has continued their support. This time in the form of salaries for our research team, Callis Trust have carried forward their support as they have for the past 4 years.  

SCSNZ do not receive any government funding therefore we depend a great deal and appreciate the generous donations that we receive from philanthropic trusts. 

Form the members and committee of SCSNZ to The Callis Charitable Trust, we thank you so much!!!