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I Give a Crap…..


Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa (BBCA) is an organisation dedicated to raising the awareness of bowel cancer. A few years ago I was asked to be an ambassador for them to help them raise the profile of bowel cancer in NZ  as it is one of our biggest killers. Breast and prostate are the fashionable cancers that celebrities get (although no cancer is actually fashionable) and people like to wear ribbons or grow moustaches to raise awareness for. Bowel cancer is a bigger killer than both of them combined and slides under the radar forgotten.

Leading up to Christmas this year, BBCA has launched the ‘I give a crap’ campaign that they hope will get spread via social media and the likes to help raise awareness of bowel cancer. The idea is to help people realise that if you actually catch it early by knowing what symptoms to look for, you can beat this disease. As part of this campaign, BBCA has put two videos together, which you can see here. See if you can spot me in one of them. 🙂

Help raise awareness of this cancer in NZ which only has a 55% survival rate (at 5 years) when compared to 75% in the OECD. Its easy to talk about bowel habits if you give a crap.

I give a crap this Christmas*….

*I probably recorded that line about 20 times till I had it nailed… ahh showbiz..

  1. Janice Roseingrave
    November 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Thanks Jared for doing this. While you are undergoing your exhausting battle of your own, you have chosen to still be involved in this campaign. I hope your treatment is going well. If you are in between cycles, I hope that you are able to rest and just chill out. Take care, Kindest regards, Janice.

  2. Dyana Parore-Connell
    November 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Jared. Take care.

  3. November 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I love that you have participated in this! I really wish that people wouldn’t shirk from discussing any symptoms in their change in health. I really liked what Nigel Latta said about “It’s just poo!” – everybody does it, why are they so ashamed to discuss it?

  4. Payal
    November 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    yes one of the more aggressive forms of cancers, have lost a few friends to this…I think more education needs to be out there to reduce the risk of this cancer….recently a study discovered that the certain foods increase the growth of the cancer cells, namely proteins from meat and dairy products. However, increasing intake of vegetables like tomatoes, broccoli and beetroot will definitely aid in fighting it. Hope and pray you succeed in beating the cancer…this is definitely a great initiative..

  5. November 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Practise makes perfect – and you said it with panache.

    • November 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

      That doesn’t look right. Must be a noun in this saying – practice.

  6. Maree Sutherland
    December 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Thanks for sharing, we are currently going through this with my father. He has battled Skin Cancer, Prostrate and now this, thankfully caught very early. On the upside if it wasn’t for the district health board in Waitakere and the North Shore with the Incentive to post home test kits to over 65’s in our area, it would have gone undetected. This is a fantastic initiative, and I hope they receive the funding to roll this out nation wide. Who doesn’t want to see preemptive medication reaching all nooks and cranny’s of New Zealand.

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