Key facts: in numbers


Sweet Louise is the only charitable organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting women and men living with incurable breast cancer.


Sweet Louise currently supports over 730 Kiwis with incurable breast cancer right across New Zealand.


Approximately 3000 people a year are diagnosed with breast cancer.


Almost 30% of people diagnosed with primary breast cancer will go on to develop incurable breast cancer.


Once diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, the average life expectancy in New Zealand is less than two years. Whilst the cancer cannot be cured, in many cases, it is treatable. With the right care and support, people with incurable breast cancer can continue to live a positive and productive life.


Over half of the women Sweet Louise supports are under the age of 59 and many of them have children under the age of 18.


Each year we hold over 200 meetings across NZ so women can connect with each other for vital peer-to-peer support.

Logos and resources

Sweet Louise logo

Sweet Louise ribbon

Sweet Louise logo grey

Sweet Louise bunting

Fundraising inspiration!

Buzz for Breasts

Mary's 'Buzz for Breasts' Fundraiser! Inspired by a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Mary Hambly from Dunedin is raising funds for Sweet Louise by shaving off all her hair! Everyone is invited... Read More

Join us at Gibbs Farm, 20 February 2021

We're delighted to be able to offer this rare opportunity to visit the stunning Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park on Saturday 20th February 2021. Gibbs Farm open-air sculpture park is home to a series of major site-specific... Read More

Women’s V8 Car Cruise

The Women’s V8 Car Cruise 2020 took place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month - and as well as bringing noise and a flurry of pink to roads of Wellington and the Manawatu, the women raised... Read More

Sweet October sweeps the nation!

Sweet October events are happening right now, right across the country!! Thank you to everyone taking part. Whether you're in the final throws of organising your event, or still finding crumbs on the carpet - you're absolutely amazing... Read More

Thank you for bringing practical kindness and care to New Zealanders with incurable breast cancer, helping them to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.