Our History

GCF was founded in 2008 by Professor Michael Findlay, bowel cancer survivor Grant Baker and pancreatic cancer survivor Paul Hargreaves. They, along with other esteemed medical experts and not-for-profit specialists, were inspired by Australia’s GI Cancer Institute, a similar not-for-profit that raises money for the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group (The AGITG).

They were encouraged to establish a similar entity in New Zealand to fill the serious funding gap for clinical research. In addition to sharing the common goal of improving outcomes for gut cancer patients, GCF shares common Board members with the AGITG and maintains a close relationship with this very successful organisation.