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.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our important work. So, we understand how important it is for you to know how your donations help.

Funds spent in the Shoalhaven.

It is through events like Stars of Nowra that we can continue to provide cancer patients and their families in the Shoalhaven with cancer support and information services such as home help, transport to treatment, 13 11 20 support line, cancer prevention programs, local advocacy, cancer research and offer access to free financial, legal and emotional support.

Funds raised stay local, allowing Cancer Council NSW to continue to provide access to practical support services such as:

Financial Assistance Service - We help people affected by cancer who are experiencing financial hardship with access to financial counselling and emergency financial assistance payments. In the 19/20FY, we supported 105 people in the Shoalhaven affected by cancer experiencing financial hardship to the value of $39,332.

13 11 20 Information and Support line - free and confidential service where you can speak to a specialist cancer professional about anything to do with cancer, including referrals for cancer support. In FY19/20, 152 community members from Shoalhaven accessed this service for cancer information and support with 270 calls in the 12 months.

Low-cost and reduced rate accommodation services for cancer patients, their families and carers. In the Shoalhaven LGA, Cancer Council NSW operates the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre Accomodation which provides accommodation to cancer patients and their families who need to travel to Nowra for treatment. 95 guests stayed at the accommodation centre with 1354 nights in total of accommodation.

Transport to Treatment - provides cancer patients and their carers free transport to their cancer treatment. In the 19/20FY, we transported 76 community members from the Shoalhaven LGA to their cancer treatment with 902 trips in the 12 months.

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.

61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment over the past 20 years.

Preventing Cancer

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

80% of NSW primary school children were protected from the harmful effects of the sun through SunSmart program.

1.9 million Australian lives will be saved through reduced lung cancer burden up to the year 2100, thanks to anti-smoking reforms driven by Cancer Council and allies.

Providing information & support

More than 530,000 people affected by cancer relied on us for information and support.

2,677 people were helped through a time of financial stress thanks to our Financial Assistance Program.

We helped 2,660 cancer patients and carers get to treatment centres and hospitals through our Transport to Treatment service, driving more than 1.1 million km across NSW.

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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