CanBead was founded in 2010 by a courageous woman Sarah Clifford. Sarah was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2008 at the age of 28. Whilst undergoing treatment in Christchurch in February 2010, she was given an assortment of beads, wire and the tools for making jewellery. During her 28 days of radiation treatment she created and wore a different necklace each day. This process not only provided distraction and fun, but also a great sense of purpose and accomplishment. The necklaces were later auctioned off at the Ashburton Cancer Society rooms, and raised over $3,000 for the Cancer Society. These funds were put towards the start up cost of CanBead. Sarah knew by starting these beading workshops she could help so many others that are in similar situations. Since then CanBead has become The CanInspire Charitable Trust. CanInspire grows from strength to strength every year, with 6 regional offices now in place, and new ones opening regularly. CanInspire has reached thousands of people and will continue spreading joy in the future. From small beginnings start great things.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about helping those in our Hawkes Bay community who are experiencing illness, trauma or loss.