The NatCon is a non-profit event, and as such, any proceeds from the convention are donated to charity. LexiCon has chosen RainbowYOUTH as our primary charity. They will receive all the proceeds from our charity auction, plus a share of any surplus funds when the convention is wrapped up. The remainder will be donated to SFFANZ.
RainbowYOUTH is a national organisation based on providing support, information, and advocacy for young queer and gender diverse people up to the ages of 28. Additionally, they have services to support the friends and whānau of queer and gender diverse youth, as well as their schools and others that work with them.
At RainbowYOUTH, they’re about fostering a safe, inclusive, accepting, and diverse family environment. They are drug, smoke, and alcohol free.
Their motto is Know Who You Are, Be Who You Are. The Tiwhanawhana Trust in Wellington have gifted them a version of their motto in te reo Maori: Whaia to ake ngakaunui, i te pono, i te marama. Simply translated, it means: Follow your desires with truth and clarity.
Check them out at www.ry.org.nz.
The Science Fiction and Fanstasy Association of New Zealand is a national body independent from, but working with, other science fiction and fantasy clubs and organisations around the country. As such, it hopes to be a major part of the structure of New Zealand fandom, enhancing liaisons between existing fan groups, providing support for events which transcend normal club structures (such as the annual national convention), and providing a national voice for fandom.
SFFANZ contributes to the promotion of science fiction, fantasy, and fandom in New Zealand by encouraging communication between fan groups, encouraging the creation of new fan groups, providing a contact point for media, and increasing public awareness of local fan groups and activities. SFFANZ also organises the national science fiction and fantasy awards, the Sir Julius Vogel awards.