Show Your Heart for Women Living with Breast Cancer

Show your heart for women living with breast cancer by supporting BCAC’s annual fundraising campaign and buying Arnott’s Tim Tam biscuits from Countdown supermarkets.

Between May 12 and June 8 2014, Arnott’s Tim Tam will donate 20 cents to BCAC for every packet of Tim Tams sold in Countdown supermarkets.

This year New Zealand artist, Penny Stotter, is joining forces with the BCAC and has produced a beautiful limited edition design of a stylised heart on a ceramic plate which will be gifted to a handful of lucky winners.

Says Penny: “To me this imagery represents some of the qualities I most admire in New Zealand women: femininity, grace, joyfulness and a sense of feeling supported and connected.”

The money raised in this year’s Show Your Heart campaign will help to pay for BCAC’s Step by Step support and information pack which is distributed free-of-charge to the thousands of Kiwi women diagnosed with breast cancer each year.  

Make sure you show your heart for New Zealand women living with breast cancer and buy Arnott’s Tim Tams from Countdown supermarkets between May 12 and June 8 this year.

You can also make a contribution by donating to BCAC directly here.

For an opportunity to win Penny Stotter’s beautiful ceramic plate and a year’s supply of Tim Tam biscuits, visit BCAC’s website, BCAC’s facebook page, or the Tim Tam facebook page (Competition now closed.)


Find out more about the breast cancer survivors supporting BCAC's Show Your Heart for Women Living with Breast Cancer campaign.



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