We are a formally registered New Zealand charity: Full Colour Trust 2381270. We settled the Full Colour Trust in 2006 when a couple of co-workers got together at G&A Nelson Ltd (now G&A Creative Agency), a Christchurch-based design and advertising agency, to support an industry colleague requiring a course of Herceptin for treatment of breast cancer. Herceptin was not a government-funded drug in 2006 nor was it covered by the beneficiary’s medical insurance.
Directors of G&A Nelson did not want to take responsibility for handling the $70,000 – $100,000 required for treatment, so Mandy Nelson settled the Trust to create an organisation that could independently manage events and raise funds, and invest and pay out financial support as needed.
Skilled volunteers and sponsors worked with board members of the Trust to pull off a highly-professional gala ball and charity auction in the spring of 2006. They raised, in a single night, the full amount required to meet our first beneficiary’s treatment costs. This extraordinary achievement cemented the vision for the future of the Full Colour Trust, which has continued to support workers in the industry for more than a decade