When: Tuesday 16 October
Where: Meet at the Cenotaph by Parliament, Wellington 12:30 pm
Women with breast cancer, their family, whanau and supporters are marching to Parliament on 16 October to present two petitions to MPs – calling for the funding of breakthrough advanced breast cancer medicines Ibrance and Kadcyla.
Petition organiser Terre Nicholson says Ibrance (also known as palbociclib) and Kadcyla (also known as T-DM1 or trastuzumab emtansine) are hailed as game changers for women with advanced breast cancer and can extend lives by years.
What you can do:
- Tell everyone you know about this event
- Join us at Parliament to present the petitions
- Encourage your family, friends and supporters to come with us
- Print the petition flyer to give to people you know
- Get permission to put the flyer up in your workplace and local cafes.
Plan for presentation of petitions – 16 October:
All times approximate
12.30pm: Meet at Cenotaph by Parliament, Wellington
12.45 pm: Walk up to steps of Parliament, in front of Dick Seddon Statue, from Cenotaph
1.00 pm: Arrive at steps for a Mihi Whakatau
1.05 pm: Response by kaumatua
1.10 pm: Address by petition organisers Terre Nicholson and Sue Wall-Cade – welcoming and thanking attendees
1.15 pm: Address by BCAC Chair Libby Burgess – providing a perspective on medicines access in New Zealand compared to other countries
1.20 pm: Address by Wiki Mulholland – a whanau perspective
Terre, Sue, Wiki and Libby present the petitions
1.25 pm – 1.45 pm: Government and other parties respond
1.45 pm: ENDS
The Petitions will be read in Parliament and referred to the Health Select Committee.
For further information about this please read our article here.