March 2016

Relay For LifeRelay For Life is 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.

Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer committee on behalf of Cancer Council.

Visit here for your local Relay For Life contact and location details.


The March ChargeRun, ride or swim all the kilometres you can and join with others to obliterate cancer.

Since 1/3 of cancers can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, in 2015 we introduced The March Charge:

• to encourage the community to log all of the kilometres they can during the month of March;

• and raise money to fund cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

The March Charge returns this month.

Move over cancer.


Message from CEO Jim L’Estrange


We’ve kicked off our 2016 event season and I want to highlight two of our events.

The March Charge began today. We’re really excited to include cycling and swimming this year and have some great ambassadors on board. Watch videos of our ambassadors, including Olympic medallist Alicia Coutts, on The March Charge website.

So if you’re up for the challenge to run, ride or swim all the kilometres you can this March, register here or get behind this campaign and help promote The March Charge.

The Relay For Life Autumn season started last weekend. It’s one of Cancer Council NSW’s key community events, bringing together so many different people for a common cause. Relay For Life has always been a really local community event and I want to thank all of you who either attended or supported a Relay in the past.

If you’re keen to volunteer, email the Relay For Life team and find out how you can get involved.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Cancer Council NSW.

Jim L’Estrange


Share your volunteering story

Do you have an interesting volunteering story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with Emma at if you’d like to share your story about why you became involved with Cancer Council NSW.


Cancer Council Conversations blog

The blog brings you the latest from experts in the fields of cancer research, advocacy, prevention, and support.

Find out how to help reduce you and your family’s risk of cancer, get information about managing cancer and survivorship, our research discoveries, and stories from our volunteers and supporters.

You are also invited to comment on posts, and join the conversation with Cancer Council NSW.

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Our Night of Nights

Saturday 19 March 2016posh fix

6.45pm – midnight

The Grand Ballroom, The Westin Sydney

POSH is one of Sydney’s great social events, and our 17th gala ball promises to be another spectacular black tie evening.

Over the years, POSH has raised more than $12 million for cancer research, advocacy, prevention and support services.

View the POSH 2016 Auction catalogue.

The POSH 2016 online auction opens for bids on 1 March.

All items auctioned at POSH 2016 are 100% donated by our generous sponsors and supporters.


Children and cancer

talking to kids cover2Explaining a diagnosis of cancer to children or teenagers can feel difficult and overwhelming. This book isn’t designed to tell you exactly what to say, but we hope it gives you a starting point.

Talking sensitively and honestly about the diagnosis can provide reassurance during a time of uncertainty and change.

Talking to Kids About Cancer focuses on when a parent has cancer, but much of the discussion will be relevant for anyone who needs to explain a diagnosis of cancer to children – for example, when a child’s sibling or friend has cancer, when their grandparent or another significant adult has cancer, or when the child has cancer.

More here.


Life after cancer treatment

Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do.

Our Healthy Living after Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced health consultants.

The ENRICH program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you.


Know your region

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Northern NSW  [news]

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Beating cancer

In the news

Publications updates, Cancer and Your Finances, plus two others

Book reviews and recipes

Aboriginal Patterns of Cancer Care project

Cancer Council NSW recommended websites


Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquiries.

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