THE CAUSE

Every year, more than 33,000 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer.

We've teamed up with Cancer Council Victoria to contribute to their mission to prevent cancer, empower patients and save lives. Every dollar raised makes a real difference in helping fund Cancer Council Victoria’s vital research, prevention and support services.

 

Saving lives through research

Just $15 pays for the extraction and storage of DNA from a saliva kit to help increase our knowledge of cancer through studies such as our Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study. If we can understand more about the causes of cancer, we can better prevent it.

$1,000 can help provide equipment to a lab-based research team who are working on a new immunotherapy treatment – giving hope to cancer patients. Each year we support some of Victoria’s brightest scientists working in hospitals and universities across different cancer types.

$50,000 supports one of these research projects for six months.

This work is contributing to increased five-year cancer survival – which is now at 68%.

 

Preventing cancer through education

A third of all cancers are preventable so we work to educate the community about how to reduce their cancer risk. $30 can help us provide sun protection advice and resources to children through our SunSmart program.

$100 helps us support community organisations to run cancer screening education sessions for newly arrived migrants, while $500 can translate important cancer screening messages into three different languages.

 

Supporting people affected by cancer

We are here to support all Victorians affected by cancer. $250 contributes towards our experienced and compassionate cancer nurses being available to answer any question about cancer and to provide support.

Our nurses can refer people to our other services such as our Holiday Break Program – just $50 can help book a short holiday break for a family to create memories and spend time together.

$130 can help us match a lawyer to provide free legal advice to someone affected by cancer, while $200 can provide a one-off grant to help someone dealing with the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis.

 

Rachel's story

"Last year was my first Paddle Across the Bay event. Discovering Paddling has become such a blessing - all I need to recalibrate is a board, paddle, water and sunshine. It’s become one of my always happy places along my grief journey. 

I paddled in honor of my late husband Paul and to prove to myself I could do hard things. He did cancer, so I sure as hell could paddle! 

Coming back again this year it’s about our children Lily and Jack, showing them how we can, through our experience, make a difference and choose a healthy and happy life by fully embracing the simple things and surrounding ourselves with supportive community.”