November 2015

Message from CEO Jim L’Estrange


We’ve had a couple of busy and exciting months at Cancer Council NSW, with many events, activities and new initiatives taking place.

Firstly, thank you to everyone involved in Pink Ribbon Day and Seven Bridges Walk. Both events rely on volunteer support and community involvement to raise funds for our mission, so thank you for your help. 

Supporting people affected by cancer is one of Cancer Council NSW’s main priorities, which is why I’m really excited to let you know about our new partnership with AccorHotels.

This new service provides reduced-rate hotel rooms for cancer patients, carers and immediate family in NSW who need to travel to greater Sydney for treatment.

Having accessible accommodation close to treatment will mean that patients and their carers don’t have to worry about traveling and logistics but can focus on their treatment and recovery instead. Read more about this new accommodation service and its benefits.

Just in time for summer, the Cancer Council retail stores at Bondi Junction and Chatswood have been refurbished with a modern look, and there is a new collection of accessories and sun protection products out now. You’ll hear more about this in my next update.

There is a lot of great work happening at the moment and a lot more planned for the coming months. We couldn’t do any of it without your support though, so thank you once again. 

Jim L’Estrange


Affordable accommodation for NSW cancer patients, carers and family

Cancer Council NSW and AccorHotels partner to provide reduced rate accommodation

A new partnership announced on 28 October will provide NSW cancer patients with reduced rate accommodation options when they are required to travel to Sydney for their cancer treatment.

The partnership between Cancer Council NSW and AccorHotels will help to ease the financial burden by providing cancer patients, carers and their family members access to hundreds of affordable rooms.

The service will be available across 62 AccorHotels properties close to treatment facilities in greater Sydney and other locations across NSW.

Read the complete article


Community Advocacy training in November

Can ActOur free two-day training workshop – in conjunction with Cancer Voices NSW – is a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and develop your advocacy skills.

We will provide you with everything you need to become active and effective advocates for improvements to cancer policies and systems.

From campaign strategy, understanding media and government structures through to visiting MPs, we will empower you to fully participate at all levels where decisions about cancer policy are made – giving you the tools to campaign on issues you care about.

Learn more


Twenty five years a volunteer

Alison Todd2Alison Todd celebrates 25 years volunteering with Cancer Council NSW in November 2015.

“I found a passionate belief that volunteering can make the difference to cancer outcomes in the community and this is now my focus.”

Read Alison’s own words


Staying safe while volunteering… a continuing series

Personal emergency evacuation plans

During emergencies, Cancer Council NSW volunteers and employees with mobility issues need to have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, or “PEEP”,  in place.

If you have any mobility issues, please get in touch with your supervisor to ensure a PEEP is in place in case of emergency.


Statewide volunteers Regional news archive for 2015


Research Highlights 2014/2015

Cancer Council NSW Research Highlights“Over the last 60 years, we have had many research successes and we have used this research knowledge to grow and develop our programs.”

Cancer Council NSW CEO Jim L’Estrange.

Read more from Jim and explore our Research Highlights 2014/2015 online.


Events Calendar

Paddy Pallin Urban Series, Saturday 7 November, Sydney

Challenge event – running, swimming and walking, part adventure race, part scavenger hunt with a mix of the amazing race.

Relay For Life

Relay For Life, a great Cancer Council success story, happens all over Australia all year round, as a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.

Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.


Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquiries.

Forward all feedback and contributions to

To contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices click on the link.