August 2016


Friday 26 August is Daffodil Day, a national day of hope which encourages everyone to wear a daffodil pin to show support for someone they know who has been affected by cancer.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day in Australia. You can support Daffodil Day by wearing a daffodil pin, signing up to volunteer and purchasing merchandise either online or at stalls on Daffodil Day.


Message from CEO Jim L’Estrange


On Friday 26 August Daffodil Day marks 30 years in Australia. We have achieved many milestones over the past 30 years with the generous support of our volunteers.

Volunteers like Jennie Smith who first volunteered at a stall in 1987 and hasn’t missed a Daffodil Day since.

“I started out as a volunteer at a stall in Bankstown, but have now been a team leader in Chullora for many years. 2016 is my 29th Daffodil Day – so I’ve been involved almost from the very beginning! I just love doing it. Year after year, the same people come back to our small stall to support us. Quite a few people come to the stall to tell us their personal cancer stories – it’s both an immensely rewarding and emotional day.

“I’ve seen how there have been so many incredible discoveries over the past 30 years, so I know that any stall, no matter the size, will make a difference. Hearing people’s stories and knowing that the funds we raise will make a difference fills my heart with love. I absolutely love coming back each year.”

Jennie Smith, palliative care nurse.

On behalf of Cancer Council NSW, I’d like to thank volunteers like Jennie and many others like her who make Daffodil Day so memorable and successful. It is your passion and dedication that allows us to continue our work and achieve our mission of beating cancer.

Daffodil Day is also a great opportunity for us to get out into the community and I really recommend all volunteers to participate in this event. There are so many ways to get involved in Daffodil Day. Show your support for someone you know (or even don’t know) who has been affected by cancer by wearing a daffodil pin, signing up to volunteer, making a donation or purchasing merchandise.

For more information on Daffodil Day and to get involved click here.

I hope you will join me and the rest of Cancer Council NSW this Daffodil Day – a day where we proudly show the daffodil, and the hope that it represents, across the whole NSW community


Last minute reminder… City2Surf 2016


The Cancer Council NSW team runs to help fund world-class research, prevention programs and support services. The Sun-Herald City2Surf is not only Sydney’s favourite sporting event but also the world’s largest run with over 80,000 participants – a larger number than the New York and London Marathons combined!


In partnership with CanToo

cantoo5For just under two years Cancer Council NSW has been in partnership with The Can Too Foundation.

The collaboration involves the two charities working together to achieve allied mission objectives to help beat cancer and reduce the impact of the disease.

Each year in New South Wales alone, more than 39,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed – around 100 every day.


Fruit and veg to beat cancer

how much top sectionWe all know fruit and vegetables are good for us, but do you know they can help reduce the risk of cancer?

Fruit and vegetables also contain natural protective substances, such as antioxidants that can destroy cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and cancer cells.

However fruit and vegetables are most useful in helping to maintain a healthy body weight, and overweight and obesity is a strong risk factor for some types of cancer.

Discover more here.


Ride Everest, Outride Cancer

8848_2016_Tower3Challenge yourself to cycle the height of Mt Everest 8,848m at Garie Beach, Sydney!

This unique 24hr event offers you unparalleled support and assistance to reach the summit.

Base Camp at Garie Beach is transformed into a Himalayan mountain village, where we will make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sleep, great food, great coffee, entertainment and a whole lot of fun.

The 2.5 km climb to the summit is a floodlit, car-free, well paved road with spectacular views and great climbing.

Cycle solo or in a team on this Himalayan adventure as together we Ride Everest Outride Cancer!

Date: Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 September, 2016
Location: Garie Beach, Royal National Park Sydney
Registration: $495 per person
Distance: 235km

Another opportunity to ride your bike to beat cancer.


Who and where, your Region

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Greater Western Sydney news

Hunter Central Coast news

Northern NSW news

Western NSW news

Southern NSW news



iheardblue2Heard a story, rumour or fanciful claim about cancer?

Cancer Councl has created a website to help dispel the many myths, rumours and fanciful claims about cancer.

Get the facts.


Cancer information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

indigenous 2 flagsVisit the website, which was produced in consultation with the Aboriginal community to provide information and resources on cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Odds and healthy ends

Not convinced how damaging alcohol can be? Read this.

Can exercise help reduce your cancer risk? Have a look here.

Catch up with the latest recipes and healthy eating tips at Eat It To Beat It.

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