You’re changing lives.
How you’ve made a difference in 2020/21
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has continued to be challenging for us all. For cancer patients and their families, the constantly evolving situation has added more uncertainty and stress at a time that is already incredibly difficult.
Despite these challenges, we’re continuing to navigate through COVID-19 together. We’ve embraced new ways of working to ensure we can continue delivering programs, conducting research, and running campaigns.
Most importantly, thanks to you – our amazing supporters – we’ve been able to provide support to thousands of families across the state impacted by cancer, when they needed it most.
That’s why we want to say thank you. To all our volunteers, fundraisers, donors, partners and those who have supported us in any and every way – because of you, we’ve been able to keep our vital support services running throughout the pandemic and continued to invest in world-class cancer research.
As recent months have shown, we don’t know what is around the corner. What we do know, is that we can continue to rely on you, our wonderful supporters, to keep being there for people impacted by cancer in NSW.
Thank you from our CEO
“We couldn’t have done the work that we do to help people affected by cancer, if not for the support we get from you – all of our supporters and the community around us.”
Because of you, in 2020/21:
Reducing cancer risk
Every year in Australia, about 44,000 cancer cases are diagnosed that could have been prevented. But you are changing this.
“I grew up with Slip Slop Slap, and I’m intelligent enough to know the dangers, but I always thought it wouldn’t happen to me.” - Principal Matt Kean, living with melanoma
Increasing cancer survival
No one should have to die from cancer. Thanks to you, in 2020/21, we enabled $16.8 million of world-class cancer research, that is improving the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
“If it wasn’t for the Re-engage program, I wouldn’t be here. It changed my life completely – I wish I’d done it sooner.” – Dave Cassar, Childhood cancer survivor
Improving quality of life
Because of your support, no one needs to go through cancer alone – no matter where they live in NSW.
“I know it would have been a completely different story if I hadn’t reached out and called 13 11 20. That support was life-saving.” – Bridget Montague, cervical cancer survivor
Improving outcomes for priority populations
We know that there are communities experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease and poorer cancer outcomes. You’re helping address this.
As part of our commitment to improve outcomes for priority populations, we’ve been focusing on raising awareness of and increasing screening participation in the community.
Who we are
Following another challenging year responding to the impacts of COVID-19, our commitment to be an Inspirational Place to Volunteer and Work has remained strong.
We’ve made significant achievements in key priority areas including our Diversity & Inclusion strategy, environmental sustainability initiatives, and employee engagement and satisfaction scores.
This is how much you raised for people affected by cancer:
Our new normal: Fundraising during COVID-19
This year has been another challenging year for all of us, but we have navigated it together. Thanks to your ongoing support, we’ve continued supporting people affected by cancer throughout 2020/21, despite our fundraising efforts being heavily impacted by the global pandemic.
Our much-loved flagship campaign, Daffodil Day, went virtual for the first time in its’ 34-year history. This meant our incredible volunteers were unable to turn our streets yellow by selling fresh daffodils and pins. Despite this, your unfaltering support meant that Daffodil Day still raised more than $670,000 to support people affected by cancer.
After cancelling last year due to the pandemic, we were delighted to once again hold POSH 2021, our fundraising gala ball, in May. We did things a little differently this year, with a satellite event taking place in the Southern Highlands on the same night as our flagship Sydney event. Thanks to our wonderful POSH Committee, our corporate partners, sponsors and guests we raised an incredible $1,064,000. This was a remarkable achievement that saw us reach the proud milestone of POSH raising $20million for cancer research since the first ever ball in 2000.
We have also received some extraordinary gifts left to us as legacies. One such gift was from Raymond Hutchinson, whose story you can read below. We are so grateful to people like Raymond who take the time to consider leaving us a gift in their will, helping to achieve a future less impacted by cancer and saving lives.
Despite the amazing support of our community, there are yet more challenges to overcome to ensure we can continue providing support to people impacted by cancer. Ongoing lockdowns in NSW have seen us forced to cancel or postpone even more fundraising events this year – events which are vital in helping us recover from the impact of the pandemic.
We need your support more than ever to continue our vital research and services to the people who need it most, now and into the future.
Raymond had a heart of gold. He thought of other people above himself – that’s just who he was. Leaving a gift to Cancer Council was very important to him.
– John, Raymond’s best friend
Thank you to everyone who chose to leave a gift in their will to Cancer Council last year.Read Raymond’s story Thank you to our benefactors
How we put the money to work
- Total mission
Where the money comes from
- Other income
- Retail sun protection
- Total fundraising