|Welcome to Conspiracy II the 28th National Science Fiction Convention 2007|
The officially designated charities of Conspiracy II as outlined in our Constitution are the Cancer Society of New Zealand (Inc) and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (Inc).
The Cancer Society of New Zealand (Inc)
(Information taken from their information sheet.)
The Cancer Society's goal is to reduce the number of people who develop cancer and ensure the best possible quality of life for people with cancer. It was formed in 1929 as the New Zealand Branch of the British Empire Cancer Campaign. In 1963 it became The Cancer Society of New Zealand Incorporated.
Services Provided by the Cancer Society of New Zealand
The Cancer Society is a major funder of cancer research in New Zealand. The aim of research is to determine the causes, prevention and effective methods of treating various types of cancer. Thanks to research, some cancers can be prevented and others can be cured if detected early.
Health promotion helps people increase control over and improve their own health. Health promotion includes health education, for example, about the importance of physical activity. It also includes advocating for policy and legislation to create healthy environments, eg the Smokefree Environments Act restricting smoking in public places. An example of a Cancer Society health promotion programme is the SunSmart Campaign, run in partnership with the Health Sponsorship Council.
The Cancer Society offers information to health professionals, students and people with cancer and their families. Printed materials on specific cancers, treatments and diet are available. A toll-free telephone service (0800 800 426) staffed by experienced oncology nurses provides information, support and understanding to those with cancer, their families and friends.
Cancer Society staff and volunteers provide support to people with cancer and their families. Services include driving, gardening, visiting, preparing meals and organising support groups. In some areas patients who live a long way from a hospital providing radiotherapy can stay free of charge or at a low cost in hostels supported by the Cancer Society.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (Inc)
(Information taken from the SFFANZ website.)
SFFANZ aims to act as a national body separate from, but involved with, existing science fiction and fantasy clubs. As such, it hopes to be a major part of the structure of New Zealand fandom, enhancing liaisons between existing fan groups, providing support for events which transcend normal club structures (such as the annual national conventions), and providing a national voice for fandom.
By being an organisation without a club basis, SFFANZ hopes to be able to act independently of the clubs, and therefore the clubs will continue as they have always done, as independent entities.
SFFANZ will also organise and conduct the new national science fiction and fantasy awards, The Sir Julius Vogel awards, and be responsible for the voting between bids to host future national conventions. It will be an incorporated, non-profit society, and will be run for the benefit of as many fans as possible. Membership of SFFANZ will be available either directly or through registration for the national convention.
As an incorporated society, SFFANZ will have a tax-free status. It is intended to allow conventions to utilise this status if they so wish. It is hoped that it will also be able to offer loans or grants to conventions. SFFANZ will also hold a national fan database, to provide fans with information of interest to the New Zealand fan community.
SFFANZ will contribute to the promotion of Science Fiction, Fantasy and fandom in New Zealand by encouraging communication between fan groups, encouraging the creation of new fan groups, being a media contact, and increasing public awareness of local fan groups and activities. It is also hoped that there may be future advantages to fans directly from membership.