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.

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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