Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Renovates On A Near-Zero Budget

It’s always nice to hear about the charity work done by non-profit organisations hoping to make a difference in the world, even a small one.

But charities need offices, they need furniture like sit stand desks for their offices. They need to renovate every once in a while too.

Just like Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, who managed to give their head office in Central Auckland a revamp, on a near-zero budget.

According to the BCFNZ’s corporate partnerships manager, Amylouise Miller, reported that the team dedicated a miniscule amount of money to the renovation budget, so that the organisation’s funds can go to cancer research and support.

She describes the rented space prior to the renovation as very beige and shabby, with some damage from the prior occupants; not really someplace that’s appealing to work in.

They called on Interior Designer Debra Gardien offered her expertise to the BCFNZ for no charge, and expresses admiration for the team. She says that the ideas she put forward were considered too expensive, but the organisation, somehow, made it all work by calling on local businesses and artists for assistance.

For example, Gardien suggested purchasing $500 chairs for the little meeting room, but Miller and the team managed to get their hands on alternatives that only cost a few dollars.

The offices were repainted in Resene ‘Sea Fog’ (white) and ‘Foundry’ (grey), followed by appropriate pink highlights, symbolizing Breast Cancer awareness. Gardien says that the idea was to make the space feel effeminate and pretty, as well as hopeful.

The head office now has a new nurse’s office, made by knocking down a wall and combining two offices, new storage space, as well a stylish meeting room, which was given new wallpaper, newly upholstered seats and art.

The BCFNZ office didn’t get any sit stand desks, but they had support  from ECC; which gave them reception furniture, Jon Beaven; which gave them wallpapers, Zealandia; which gave plants, Resene; which gave paints. There are many more companies and providers like Warwick, who donated to the BCFNZ for its renovation project.

The project is impressive due to the fact that the BCFNZ opted to spend as little money as they possibly could to get this project done. They made clever decisions in order to get great results, which is reassuring to the people who donate to their cause; if they can do this much with so little money, what could they accomplish with proper donations?

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