2014 Christmas Range
These five original designs were painted by CanTeen members from around New Zealand.
You can purchase a pack of 10 cards (2 of each design) for $18 per pack including postage, GST and envelopes. Cards are printed with the message "Season's Greetings" inside.
Designed by Anna O'Grady
Hi, I'm Anna O'Grady, I'm 21 years old and I'm a Sibling Member.
My cancer journey began almost seven years ago when my younger sister was diagnosed with leukaemia. It was an incredibly tough time and I had to grow up quickly with many added responsibilities at home.
Luckily I had CanTeen to support me, and help shape me into the young, passionate leader I am today. The opportunities to develop and grow have been endless. I wouldn't be the person I am today without CanTeen.
My design is influenced by our beautiful country and the farmers who take care of it. The sheep dotting the hills and the road cones lining the streets of my home town Christchurch (as a symbol the rebuild has begun) are Kiwi icons to me.
Designed by Munrith Longe Singh
Hi, I'm Munrith Longe Singh, I'm 24 years old and I'm a Patient Member.
At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour called Craniopharyngioma. While I battled its side effects, CanTeen picked me up and taught me to 'live life' and 'keep moving on'. My design this year reflects Christmas and remembering those dearest to us.
Inspired by the Christmas carol "Twelve Days of Christmas", the turtle-dove signifies love, loss and strength; something we can all relate to. The pohutukawa (our New Zealand Christmas tree) symbolizes strength (kaha) and love (aroha); while the rosemary embodies remembrance.
Designed by Lauren Weepa
Hi, I'm Lauren Wepa, I'm 22 years old and I'm a Patient Member.
Just over a year ago, my life took an abrupt sideways step and a very fast moonwalk backwards when I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Ever since then life has become both a challenge and a blessing.
I am very grateful to CanTeen for adopting me into their family. Becoming a Member has been an incredible part of my journey to beat cancer. Their understanding and support have been truly life changing for me.
This Christmas card showcases the natural beauty of New Zealand plant life, symbolising the new life and beauty a person discovers after experiencing something like cancer.
Designed by Ryder August
Hi, I'm Ryder August, I'm 22 years old and I'm a Patient Member.
Valentine's Day 2012 graced me with acute myeloid leukemia. That was the start of my cancer journey.
Behind the scenes was CanTeen, my backbone. They supported me through all the rough patches. They saw me at my worst and now I can show them my best, back at work and getting into university.
Cancer, my blessing in disguise, has given me perspective and taught me to take inspiration from my surroundings. The inspiration behind my design comes from my native roots. Arohanui.
Designed by Millie O'Grady
Hi, my name is Millie O'Grady, I'm 23 years old and I'm a Sibling Member.
I joined CanTeen in 2007 when my youngest sister Bridget was diagnosed with leukaemia, so I have been involved for over six years now.
Watching my sister go through treatment was incredibly difficult, particularly knowing there was nothing I could do to ease her pain. But CanTeen was there to support me in every way. I have gained so much, from support to friends, memories and life skills and I am so thankful to CanTeen for all the opportunities and experiences I have had through this journey.
My design was inspired by Christmas reindeer and fairy lights. One of my favourite parts of Christmas is looking at all the fairy lights.