How your fundraising helps

Cancer Council is internationally renowned for innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support.

Every day, we work to prevent cancer, empower patients through providing information and support, and save lives

Cancer Council NSW is an independent, 94% community funded charity. Our unique combination of local program delivery, community engagement and state-wide influence enables everyone who cares about cancer to make the biggest possible difference.

1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant.

Cancer Council NSW is the only organisation that works across every area of every cancer by:

  • Conducting and funding world-class research that underpins our work in preventing cancer
  • Supporting people as they navigate the cancer journey
  • Advocating to ensure that governments take action on cancer

In addition to our research, advocacy, support and prevention state-wide, we aim to remain connected with our local community depending on their needs.

Funds raised stay local, allowing Cancer Council NSW to continue to provide access to support services to the Northern Beaches.

A Cancer Council Information Serivce is provided within treatment centres across NSW. You can talk to a trained Cancer Council volunteer who can help you find the resources or services you need. This includes:

  • access to evidence-based information for anyone affected by cancer.
  • over 60 free Cancer Council NSW publications about cancer, treatment and side effects available in print and online.
  • information about cancer support services in NSW.
  • access to Cancer Council NSW cancer support services.
  • social support.

Cancer Council Information Services specific to the Nothern Beaches are available at the following treatment centres:

  • Frenchs Forest – GenesisCare Frenchs Forest
  • Frenchs Forest – Northern Beaches Hospital

How we put your funds to work

With your help, here's what we achieved last year.

Cancer Research

We contributed $19 million to conduct and fund world-class research across all stages of the cancer journey.

Cancer Council NSW researchers have predicted Australia is on track to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035.

Our research is supporting global health leaders in setting targets to help prevent the 300,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide each year.

Reducing cancer risk

Our SunSmart program has continued to help protect school-aged children from exposure to harmful UV radiation, reducing their risk of developing skin cancer later in life. This year, the program reached almost 90% of early childhood centres, 80% of primary schools and about half of out of school hours care services.

Men over the age of 40 are one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma and two and a half times more likely to die from the disease than women of a similar age. Now in its fifth year, our Improve Your Long Game program – aimed at this often hard-to-reach demographic – has continued to empower golf clubs to encourage good sun protection behaviours among players.

65,363 people visited the Healthy Lunch Box website, viewing 519,473 pages to find nutritious recipe ideas for kids.

Improving the quality of life of people affected by cancer.

More than 530,000 people affected by cancer relied on us for information and support in 2018/19. 2,677 people were helped through a time of financial stress thanks to our Financial Assistance Program. Our Pro Bono Program provided an estimated $5.2 million worth of legal, financial, workplace or small business assistance to people in need.

Advocating on cancer issues

40,000 CanAct Community members influence what politicians do about cancer. Thanks to our advocacy work, we’ve achieved the following:

  • Chemotherapy co-payments have been abolished
  • A ban on commercial solariums is now in effect
  • A smoking ban in all outdoor dining areas is now in place

Click here to find out more about the impact we're making across NSW.

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