Baden Ngan Kee supporters raise $17,551

The FMCG industry has raised $17,551 for the Lung Foundation New Zealand after getting in behind former Foodstuffs Merchandise Manager Baden Ngan Kee and his fight against lung cancer.

The donations were made on behalf of Baden via the ‘Team Baden’ Everydayhero fundraising web page, while a number of peers, friends and supporters also took part in the John West 12km Traverse in Auckland on 29 October to raise funds for the cause.

John West had called on the FMCG industry, via an open letter, to support Baden, a well-respected executive who has been diagnosed with lung cancer despite being fit and active and never smoking. He has since become a passionate advocate for the Lung Foundation, a non-government organisation dedicated to promoting healthy lungs and early detection of lung disease.

Simplot NZ Country Manager Chris Buddle says they are very grateful for the donations made by the industry in support of Team Baden.

“Baden really appreciates the industry’s support and would like to thank everyone who made a contribution and turned up to support Team Baden on this special day”.

Baden and his family participated in the John West Traverse and in a presentation held in Victoria Park to hand over the funds to Phillip Hope, CEO of the foundation.

Lung Foundation NZ CEO Philip Hope, says the money raised will help the foundation resource its awareness programme and enhance its advocacy campaign for more effective treatments to be funded in the public health system. The latter includes establishing a lung cancer patient forum for which Baden will have a key leadership role.