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Bowel screening champions

Meet our wonderful bowel screening champions.

They come from all walks of life, yet are united by their shared belief in the importance of looking after our health through bowel screening. 

These inspirational champions help us raise public awareness of the importance of bowel screening, encouraging more people to take part in the National Bowel Screening Programme.

Te Whatu Ora Southern sincerely thanks all of our champions. We are grateful for your courage and openness in sharing your stories, and we hope they will help save more lives in the future.

Tom Franklin, Highlanders lock


Peter Chin, former Dunedin Mayor

Peter Chin champions the bowel screening programme

Reverend Tau Ben-Unu, Presbyterian Minister and bowel cancer survivor

Rachel Elder, Dunedin City Councillor

Leicester Rutledge, former All Black & Les Chisholm, former Southland rugby player

Matapura Ellison, Southern DHB kaumatua

Shona Fordyce, Colac Bay Marae kuia and former nurse

Ken Bowie, bowel cancer survivor

Cyril Gilroy, Murihiku Marae kaumatua

Mooney Ngatuere, Invercargill resident