Spring always brings with it a sense of renewed hope and as we enter into September, some of us may be looking at ways we can ‘give back’ following the challenges so many of us have faced in 2020.
As we know, cancer is a disease that affects us all either directly or indirectly. 145,483 Australians are estimated to be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. Whilst the world focuses on finding a solution to COVID-19, it’s important to remember that the challenges we faced before the global pandemic remain. Cancer still poses a deadly threat to many, so supporting lifesaving cancer research is more important than ever.
Over the past 53 years, cancer research charity Cure Cancer has raised $69.1m to support over 528 lifesaving research grants across all cancer types. As the only Australian charity to fund early-career cancer researchers working across all cancers and all areas of cancer research, their mission is to make this generation the last die from cancer.
There are numerous ways you can support the charity, whether that be through a traditional donation, or by getting involved in one of their latest fundraising campaigns. From streaming through to taking part in virtual running races, read on to find out how you can help Cure Cancer.
Launching in September to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Cure Cancer are releasing The Buddy Box, a special gift box for children undergoing cancer treatment in hospitals.
Filled practical items such as water bottles to stay hydrated during treatment and cosy bed socks for overnight hospital stays, as well as fun, interactive games and toys to help take their minds off gruelling therapy rounds, the Buddy Box will put a smile on little faces when they need it most.
Supporters can make a donation via the Cure Cancer website to ‘sponsor’ a box ,
and the Buddy Box will then be allocated randomly to a young cancer patient currently undergoing treatment. All profits from the Buddy Boxes will be invested back into lifesaving cancer research in the hope that future generations can live in a world where cancer no longer poses a threat.
Calling all superheroes – STREAMtember is here!
Whether you’re new to streaming or pretty-much-pro, Cure Cancer are asking streamers of every nature to jump online from September 1-30 and showcase their superpowers to help raise funds for cancer research.
Be it gaming, illustrating, dancing or anything in between, now’s your chance to show them what you’ve got – and all for a great cause! With a range of incentives including an Xbox 3-month Ultimate game pass and prizes to help you reach your fundraising goals, it’s the perfect way to stream for a cure.
Sign up and become a Superhero Streamer to eliminate the threat of cancer for good.
Give Melbourne a Hug
The impact of Melbourne's second lockdown is especially difficult for those fighting cancer, their family and friends. With suppressed immune systems, COVID-19 poses a strong risk to many Victorians currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
For many of these cancer patients, the surge in COVID-19 cases and latest restrictions has limited the number of friends and family they can see, creating a risk to their compromised immune systems and potentially impacting their ability to fight the cancer.
Cure Cancer and The Big Hug Box have launched ‘ Give Melbourne a Hug ’, aiming to provide 500 Victorian cancer patients with special gift boxes filled with practical and comforting items to support them through their treatment.
Donate a hug box to give cancer patients a gift of connection during these difficult and uncertain times.
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Purchase tickets for the Frontline Lunch on October 23 to hear from a panel of inspirational women including Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew, journalist Ticky Fullerton, nutritionist Michele Chevalley-Hedge and leading cancer expert A/Prof Phoebe Phillips, discussing women in research, advocacy and policy nutrition, wellness and cancer prevention.
Held at James Bay Wharf, tickets now on sale for the waterfront lunch.
City2Surf has gone virtual for 2020 and Cure Cancer are bringing the iconic race to your doorstep.
Take to your streets on October 18th and run your very own 14KM City2Surf course for life-saving cancer research.
Sign up here to be part of the event or challenge yourself to become a Cure Cancer superstar for exclusive race benefits including special content from our ambassadors and partners such as Bend + Mend.
Play For Purpose
Play For Purpose is Australia's 100% not-for-profit community raffle and this September, you can enter the draw to win $250,000 and other amazing prizes whilst also supporting vital cancer research.
Purchase a $10 raffle ticket (or more) for Cure Cancer and 50% of ticket costs will go towards sending a Big Hug Box filled with practical and special items to cancer patients across Australian treatment centres.
Go for gold in this round of Play for Purpose with the main prize being a $250,000 Gold Bullion! Don’t miss out and purchase your tickets today . Entries close September 22.
Did you know that $50 funds an hour of cancer research?
Over the years, Cure Cancer’s dedicated researchers have been at the forefront of cancer breakthroughs. Leading cancer researchers such as Professor Roger Reddel and Professor Maria Kavallaris AM were able to launch their research careers thanks to the funding they received from Cure Cancer when they were just starting out. Since then, their work has gone on to gain international recognition and save countless lives.
Without the generous donations from Cure Cancer supporters, their work and that of all Cure Cancer grant recipients may not have been possible.
Show your support by making a donation to fund life-saving cancer research or sign up to Cure Cancer’s regular giving program .
Join Team Cure Cancer
Still looking for more ideas to get involved and support cancer research…why not host your own unique fundraiser?
From hair shaves to gym bootcamps to cruising expeditions, Cure Cancer have seen it all! Every fundraising idea is welcome and Cure Cancer’s team of skilled fundraisers will help you develop your event and hit your targets.
Get involved today and start fundraising for Team Cure Cancer.
To learn more about Cure Cancer, head to their website here .