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 Blacktown and Parramatta Local Government Areas

In the Blacktown and Parramatta Local Government Areas, Cancer Council NSW has been there to respond to 466 calls from residents in the last financial year who contacted the Information and Support Service, 13 11 20, for emotional, practical, financial and legal assistance.

We have a presence with our Cancer Council Information Centres at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals reaching out to cancer patients who are going through treatment and connecting them with our resources and relevant programs. One of our programs ‘Enrich’ caters to cancer survivors post treatment, aiming to help them restore their physical and emotional health.

We have also connected with 399 early childhood centres, primary schools and Out of School Hours care centres in these local areas to provide children a sun safe environment and encourage education of preventing skin cancer. We will continue to educate our community about cancer prevention behaviours because 1 in 3 cancers are preventable from lifestyle changes. We regularly present to our community on this topic.


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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