Operation spread The C Word

By Helen King and Belinda Tran-Lawrence

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Operation Spread The C Word

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The C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer is a podcast helping us to have real conversations about cancer. This podcast gives those who cancer has effected (and isn't that kind of everyone?!) a place where they feel heard, seen and recognised.

Because cancer is hard, really hard, and the way it effects our lives can be heartbreaking, life changing, downright weird, and sometimes even funny! And we (Helen and Belinda) the hosts of The C Word think that we need to talk about all of this so that we can keep the talk real. (Although sometimes Belinda things that Helen wants to share a little too much....😊) 

Helen and Belinda have never met but they're making a podcast! The C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer has been on air less than three months and it's already the second most popular show on Planet FM! We are on all the major poscast platforms and have hit the iTunes podcast charts NZ at #27 for health & fitness...we're the little podcast making a big impact. 

Planet FM has helped us out via NZ on Air funding for community radio which offers subsidised station fees. Thanks NZ on Air! Helen uses the studio at Auckland community station Planet FM and Belinda sets up in her living room in Ōākura, Taranaki. We're producing weekly episodes and know there are so many stories to tell.

Helen and Belinda 'met' in 2019 after Belinda read Helen's cancer experience in the Sunday Star Times. They both had breast cancer in 2018 and connected over a shared experience only someone who has been there understands. When Helen decided to wanted to make a podcast Belinda jumped at the chance to be involved. 

Cancer doesn't just affect the person going through the diagnosis, it has a ripple effect through their whanau, friends and community. And the presence of cancer doesn't go away after treatment - having cancer alters you and how you experience life. Loneliness and alienation are common feelings for individuals who have finished cancer treatment.

We feel (and our listeners agree!) that this show is a project that helps to combat these feelings of invisibility and isolation. Helen and Belinda believe that hearing the voices of lived experience can help people and their loved ones start healing and feel they are part of a community that gets what they have been through. They also think sometimes you just need to have a good old laugh at some of the truly horrific things cancer treatment can do to your body! 

So why do we need your money and support?

The show is a project on top of jobs and the chaos of everyday life. Financial help will enable us to grow and reach more people impacted by cancer. 

We are asking for your help to keep the podcast running to help  produce a great show. We want to produce a high quality podcast telling the stories of Kiwis impacted by cancer and would love you to help us out.

Who is the C Word?

Helen King is a born and bred westie (but not of the bogan variety) who lives in west Auckland with her partner Ross, hyperactive dog Lenny and grumpy cat Bebe. A former journalist, lover of cycling, and mental health advocate she was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer in 2018 and became part of team one titty. 

Helen King

 

Belinda Tran-Lawrence lives in the seaside township Ōākura in Taranaki. She is a dreamer, avid reader, mother of three smart, vivacious young women, a former teacher and team  no titties. She is a university tutor and loves exploring Aotearoa with her husband, Tran. Belinda also was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer in 2018. 

Belinda Tran-Lawrence

 

What's in it for you?  Cool rewards and that warm feeling of doing good. 

We are offering super cool rewards for different donation amounts. Some of these are our very own The C Word merchanise.

Life can be pretty challenging sometimes - this is something we know ourselves very well. But you know what? You are doing amazing - you really are. Remind yourself of that every time you put on you quality AS Colour tee or snuggly hoodie. Or gift one to a friend who you think is doing amazing. Choice of colours available.

'You're Doing Amazing' tee $55 Reward

'You're Doing Amazing' hoodie $80 Reward

 
 

 And you can be happy that you are making a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. 

The show is  available across mulitiple podcast platforms, social media and via community radio in Auckland. Our audience is predominantly women and we have high engagement via social media. And the audience is steadily growing across all platforms. We had over 700 downloads with little promotion via the Planet FM website within the first few weeks of launching. We can see this growing exponentially with the right backing behind us. 

What will the money pay for?

We will support local legends The Rock Shop who have provided us with a quote for equipment to take our show to the next level. 

Podcasting equipment:

Rodecaster pro intergrated podcast production console: $995

Rode podmic dynamic podcasting microphone x2: 186.15 each

Rode smartlav mic: $109.65

Rockcable: $14.41

Studio headphones: $160.65

Investment into marketing and promotion (including Facebook ads), prizes for promotion (C Word t-shirts, tote bags), general running costs to build the C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer into a resource for Kiwis impacted by cancer.

So what are you waiting for? 

 

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First shout out!

06/09/2020 at 3:03 PM

On today's show we did our first shout out to one of our lovely donators! Louise Bobbitt kicked off our campaign with her donation. Thanks so much Louise for supporting us. 

    Pledgers 25

    Fiona
    2020-09-22 12:07:01 +1200
    Justine
    2020-09-22 07:44:11 +1200

    "YOURE DOING AMAZING SWEETIE Love you Helly:)"

    Jen Watts
    2020-09-20 20:03:59 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-17 15:02:37 +1200
    Mike Lambert
    2020-09-16 18:31:31 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-15 17:01:26 +1200
    michele wilson
    2020-09-14 10:25:55 +1200

    "An important podcast - thank you for the important work you are doing - the AWWA team !!"

    Diana Lawrence
    2020-09-14 10:03:56 +1200

    "to help you both to continue your work in supporting all those out there with Cancer."

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-13 20:15:14 +1200
    Paula Yeoman
    2020-09-13 19:43:01 +1200
    Pip Klenner
    2020-09-13 17:20:18 +1200

    "Love"

    Pip Klenner
    2020-09-13 17:16:23 +1200
    Sharon Marshall
    2020-09-13 13:44:36 +1200
    Kelly Reichardt
    2020-09-13 10:57:46 +1200

    "You guys rock ❤️"

    Georgie
    2020-09-12 09:43:49 +1200
    Nashwa
    2020-09-11 22:24:47 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-11 22:12:00 +1200

    "Go well!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-11 21:30:29 +1200
    Timica Hawkins
    2020-09-11 21:06:33 +1200

    "xxx"

    Lisa Vonk
    2020-09-11 21:06:33 +1200
    Vivienne Lewis
    2020-09-11 15:56:01 +1200
    Claudia Chaney
    2020-09-04 09:39:35 +1200

    "Such a great project! Such lovely women, and it's amazing to hear of lived experiences with cancer, rather than just statistics. "

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-03 10:16:34 +1200

    "Go team!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2020-09-02 15:04:28 +1200
    Louise
    2020-09-02 12:14:00 +1200

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    Operation Spread The C Word

    Project 2020-08-06 13:19:43 +1200

    The C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer is a podcast helping us to have real conversations about cancer. This podcast gives those who cancer has effected (and isn't that kind of everyone?!) a place where they feel heard, seen and recognised.

    Because cancer is hard, really hard, and the way it effects our lives can be heartbreaking, life changing, downright weird, and sometimes even funny! And we (Helen and Belinda) the hosts of The C Word think that we need to talk about all of this so that we can keep the talk real. (Although sometimes Belinda things that Helen wants to share a little too much....😊) 

    Helen and Belinda have never met but they're making a podcast! The C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer has been on air less than three months and it's already the second most popular show on Planet FM! We are on all the major poscast platforms and have hit the iTunes podcast charts NZ at #27 for health & fitness...we're the little podcast making a big impact. 

    Planet FM has helped us out via NZ on Air funding for community radio which offers subsidised station fees. Thanks NZ on Air! Helen uses the studio at Auckland community station Planet FM and Belinda sets up in her living room in Ōākura, Taranaki. We're producing weekly episodes and know there are so many stories to tell.

    Helen and Belinda 'met' in 2019 after Belinda read Helen's cancer experience in the Sunday Star Times. They both had breast cancer in 2018 and connected over a shared experience only someone who has been there understands. When Helen decided to wanted to make a podcast Belinda jumped at the chance to be involved. 

    Cancer doesn't just affect the person going through the diagnosis, it has a ripple effect through their whanau, friends and community. And the presence of cancer doesn't go away after treatment - having cancer alters you and how you experience life. Loneliness and alienation are common feelings for individuals who have finished cancer treatment.

    We feel (and our listeners agree!) that this show is a project that helps to combat these feelings of invisibility and isolation. Helen and Belinda believe that hearing the voices of lived experience can help people and their loved ones start healing and feel they are part of a community that gets what they have been through. They also think sometimes you just need to have a good old laugh at some of the truly horrific things cancer treatment can do to your body! 

    So why do we need your money and support?

    The show is a project on top of jobs and the chaos of everyday life. Financial help will enable us to grow and reach more people impacted by cancer. 

    We are asking for your help to keep the podcast running to help  produce a great show. We want to produce a high quality podcast telling the stories of Kiwis impacted by cancer and would love you to help us out.

    Who is the C Word?

    Helen King is a born and bred westie (but not of the bogan variety) who lives in west Auckland with her partner Ross, hyperactive dog Lenny and grumpy cat Bebe. A former journalist, lover of cycling, and mental health advocate she was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer in 2018 and became part of team one titty. 

    Helen King

     

    Belinda Tran-Lawrence lives in the seaside township Ōākura in Taranaki. She is a dreamer, avid reader, mother of three smart, vivacious young women, a former teacher and team  no titties. She is a university tutor and loves exploring Aotearoa with her husband, Tran. Belinda also was diagnosed with Her2 positive breast cancer in 2018. 

    Belinda Tran-Lawrence

     

    What's in it for you?  Cool rewards and that warm feeling of doing good. 

    We are offering super cool rewards for different donation amounts. Some of these are our very own The C Word merchanise.

    Life can be pretty challenging sometimes - this is something we know ourselves very well. But you know what? You are doing amazing - you really are. Remind yourself of that every time you put on you quality AS Colour tee or snuggly hoodie. Or gift one to a friend who you think is doing amazing. Choice of colours available.

    'You're Doing Amazing' tee $55 Reward

    'You're Doing Amazing' hoodie $80 Reward

     
     

     And you can be happy that you are making a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. 

    The show is  available across mulitiple podcast platforms, social media and via community radio in Auckland. Our audience is predominantly women and we have high engagement via social media. And the audience is steadily growing across all platforms. We had over 700 downloads with little promotion via the Planet FM website within the first few weeks of launching. We can see this growing exponentially with the right backing behind us. 

    What will the money pay for?

    We will support local legends The Rock Shop who have provided us with a quote for equipment to take our show to the next level. 

    Podcasting equipment:

    Rodecaster pro intergrated podcast production console: $995

    Rode podmic dynamic podcasting microphone x2: 186.15 each

    Rode smartlav mic: $109.65

    Rockcable: $14.41

    Studio headphones: $160.65

    Investment into marketing and promotion (including Facebook ads), prizes for promotion (C Word t-shirts, tote bags), general running costs to build the C Word: Kiwis Talk About Cancer into a resource for Kiwis impacted by cancer.

    So what are you waiting for? 

     

    Comments

    First shout out!

    06/09/2020 at 3:03 PM

    On today's show we did our first shout out to one of our lovely donators! Louise Bobbitt kicked off our campaign with her donation. Thanks so much Louise for supporting us. 

      Fiona
      2020-09-22 12:07:01 +1200
      Justine
      2020-09-22 07:44:11 +1200

      "YOURE DOING AMAZING SWEETIE Love you Helly:)"

      Jen Watts
      2020-09-20 20:03:59 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-17 15:02:37 +1200
      Mike Lambert
      2020-09-16 18:31:31 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-15 17:01:26 +1200
      michele wilson
      2020-09-14 10:25:55 +1200

      "An important podcast - thank you for the important work you are doing - the AWWA team !!"

      Diana Lawrence
      2020-09-14 10:03:56 +1200

      "to help you both to continue your work in supporting all those out there with Cancer."

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-13 20:15:14 +1200
      Paula Yeoman
      2020-09-13 19:43:01 +1200
      Pip Klenner
      2020-09-13 17:20:18 +1200

      "Love"

      Pip Klenner
      2020-09-13 17:16:23 +1200
      Sharon Marshall
      2020-09-13 13:44:36 +1200
      Kelly Reichardt
      2020-09-13 10:57:46 +1200

      "You guys rock ❤️"

      Georgie
      2020-09-12 09:43:49 +1200
      Nashwa
      2020-09-11 22:24:47 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-11 22:12:00 +1200

      "Go well!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-11 21:30:29 +1200
      Timica Hawkins
      2020-09-11 21:06:33 +1200

      "xxx"

      Lisa Vonk
      2020-09-11 21:06:33 +1200
      Vivienne Lewis
      2020-09-11 15:56:01 +1200
      Claudia Chaney
      2020-09-04 09:39:35 +1200

      "Such a great project! Such lovely women, and it's amazing to hear of lived experiences with cancer, rather than just statistics. "

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-03 10:16:34 +1200

      "Go team!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2020-09-02 15:04:28 +1200
      Louise
      2020-09-02 12:14:00 +1200

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