Regsiter your school today and be eligible to have Drax Project perform at your school! Fundraise and help us ensure rangatahi don't need to face cancer alone.


Set up your fundraising page, tell us a little bit about why you're fundraising, and then share with your classmates, teachers, and school community!

Support Rangatahi

No matter how you decide to fundraise or get involved during Bandanna Day, you're ensuring that rangatahi don't need to face cancer alone - thank you.

Canteen Aotearoa in collaboration with Drax Project are so excited to bring you this new schools initiative.

This year we're challenging schools across Aotearoa to help us continue to support rangatahi impacted by cancer. Canteen Aotearoa is a not-for-profit which strives to support young people impacted by cancer age 13 - 24. This could be a fellow student, a teammate, friend, or even a teachers child who is impacted by cancer.

In 2024 help us continue to provide vital services by creating a fundraiser and getting your school involved! By doing so you'll not only be ensuring we can continue our work, but you'll let rangatahi impacted by cancer know their school community is behind them and supporting them, by supporting Canteen.

In partnership with Drax Project, any school who registers, creates a fundraiser, and fundraises during June 2024, will be eligible to win a live acoustic performance from Drax Project at their school! Key guidelines and rules must be followed, which are outlined below by clicking "read guidelines here"

From all of us here at Canteen Aotearoa, thank you for supporting and participating in this years Bandanna Day School Challenge. Through your generosity, kindness, and fundraising, you're ensuring rangatahi throughout Aotearoa don't need to face cancer alone. 

How to participate

We are encouraging all schools across Aotearoa to particpate in this years Bandanna Day School Challenge. There are a few key steps to take before you can start fundraising which are outlined below.

  • Step 1: REGISTER - Make sure you register your school to participate in the School Challenge. Click HERE or the button above.
  • Step 2: CREATE - Make sure you have a fundraising idea that a teacher, deputy principal or principal has signed off on to happen during June 2024. Then create your fundraising page by clicking CREATE YOUR PAGE.
  • Step 3: FUNDRAISE - After you have successfully done the above two steps, you can start to fundraise. Share your custom page with fellow students, teachers, and the wider community! Get the school engaged and involved in supporting Canteen's essential services for rangatahi across Aotearoa.
There are some key guidelines every school must meet to be eligible to compete for the ultimate acoustic performance by: Drax Project!

Make sure you read these guidelines in the link below.

Fundraising ideas

Fundraising can be hard, but we can help! Here are some great ideas of easy and simple fundraisers that are school friendly, and easy to engage the entire communtiy. 

  • Mufti-day - charge a gold coin or two.
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea - bake some delicious treats and sell them in the quad or during lunch breaks.
  • Head shave - get permission first, but a head shave is a fun and great way to show your support. Students and teachers can get involved, and it's a great social media post!
  • Guess the lolly - collect a number of lollies in a jar, and get students, teachers, and staff to pay a gold coin or two to guess the number! Closest wins the jar of lolly. 
  • Sausage Sizzle - always a winner and great idea for a lunchtime treat.
  • Add a donation option - add the option to donate on upcoming performances, sporting events, or guest speakers people need to register for. 
  • Sell our iconic bandanna's! Contact us if you'd like this option by emailing:


  • Kim May just donated $26.25
  • Lily Rushworth just donated $5.25

About Canteen Aotearoa

Canteen Aotearoa is the only national charitable organisation supporting rangatahi aged 13-24 impacted by cancer, whether it’s their own diagnosis or cancer in their whānau. Canteen provides a range of free psychosocial support services, including individual counselling and therapeutic support, peer events, camps, rangatahi development programmes, and specialised online support. Canteen receives no direct government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of our community to fund our vital support services.

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Your support means BIG impact

The smallest donation can make the biggest impact! With every dollar raised, our supporters can make a huge difference in the lives of rangatahi across Aotearoa. 

Around 4,200 new rangtahi are impacted by cancer each year, whether it's their own diagnosis or cancer in their whānau.

With your help this year, we'll be able to make a tangiable difference in the lives of the rangatahi we're able to help. Thanks to your fundraising efforts you'll be able to contribute to some key services, such as:

  • Guaranteed youth services councelling sessions for those rangatahi at greater risk,
  • Ensuring Canteen has the capacity to support an increasing number of rangatahi referred to Canteen each year,
  • Ensuring Canteen has enough staff to mantain and develop innovative and fun events to meet the needs of our rangatahi,
  • Continued funding and resourcing of essential projects, like the provisions of robots in schools for rangatahi hospitalised during treatment.


Here are some quick FAQs that you may need to be reminded of or perhaps weren't answered above.

How does a schools sign up and participate?

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There are three easy steps to complete to ensure you are registered and signed up properly to take part in this years Bandanna Day School Challenege.

Step 1: Click REGISTER at the very top of the page and fill out the form. Once you click submit you'll receive a confirmation email within 24-hours.

Step 2: Create a fundraising page and fill out the necessary information to get your page active. Explain your fundraising event, and why you're fundraising for Canteen. Then share with your school community!

Step 3: Read the guidelines! This is very important, because there are three things that need to be done to ensure your school is eligible to win a live accoustic performance by Drax Project.

How will the winning school for the live acoustic performance by Drax Project be determined?

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As noted in the guidelines, there are three things that must be fulfilled to be eligible to win the live acoustic performance by Drax Project.

1. Your fundraising efforts must take place in June 2024 and be student driven,
2. Your fundraising efforts must raise a minimum amount of $750,
3. The fundraising must involve the students and school community. Please either post on your schools social media tagging @Canteen_Aotearoa in the post, or send some images to of your fundraising event/ efforts. 

How will a winning school be decided?

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If there are multiple schools are have participated and are all eligible the school who raises the most money will win.

Are there any additional costs associated with the performance?

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No, there are no additional costs associated with signing up to the School Challenge or the concert. All costs associated with the concert will be covered from our valued partners. 

The only requirement is that the school who wins has a Hall or area with a stage that Drax Project can perform on with their equipment.

If I have further questions, who can I contact?

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Please email: with the subject line "Bandanna Day School Challenge 2024" and we will get back to you within a 24-hour timeframe. 

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