May 2016



National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (9-15 May) is Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteering.

We will be celebrating National Volunteer Week by recognising the work of our volunteers at Cancer Council NSW through a series of events in our regional and Woolloomooloo offices

All volunteers are invited to attend.

Please get in touch with your local office to find out where the nearest event is to you.


Shitbox Rally 2016

Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable: to drive cars worth $1,000 across Australia via some of its most arduous roads, all in the name of charity.

In 2016 we will be travelling over 3,500km from Mackay in mid-north Queensland to Hobart in southern Tasmania.

The trip will see participants face the challenge of highly variable terrain, changing climates, and of course, crossing Bass Strait.


Message from CEO Jim L’Estrange

Jim L'Estrange, CEO Cancer Council NSWOver the past few years, I have been lucky to meet many of you and I have spoken at quite a few events you have attended. At each of these events I talk about the fantastic contribution and support we have every year from our volunteers.

I always talk about the energy and enthusiasm you bring, which inspires us to do our best and make sure our work is relevant to the community.

In this National Volunteer Week it is another chance to say thank you for everything you do and celebrate all the wonderful people who are helping us achieve our vision that together we will beat cancer.

Trish Vermuyten, Margie Rock, Jennifer Lock, Wendy Saville and Verity Currey are five volunteers who will be sharing their stories with you throughout National Volunteer Week. Keep your eye out on Cancer Council NSW’s Facebook page and Cancer Council NSW’s blog for their stories.


Throughout May and June …


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Regional offices information


Metro Sydney news

Greater Western Sydney news

Hunter Central Coast news

Northern NSW news

Western NSW news

Southern NSW news


National Palliative Care Week

22 – 28 May 2016

Palliative care involves a range of services offered by medical, nursing and allied health professionals, as well as volunteers and carers.

It allows people with advanced cancer to maintain their quality of life in a meaningful way to them, and provides support to families and carers.

Learn more about Cancer Council NSW and palliative care here.


Cancer in the School Community

school graphic picEvery school is a community, a network of relationships connecting students, parents and family members with teachers, principals and other school staff.

When anyone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, people usually want to help but may not be sure where to start.

If cancer has become a part of your life as parent, student, teacher, school administrator or support staff, here is where to startto help you respond effectively and sensitively to the issues that cancer may raise in your school community.

Here’s an updated link to our March feature, Talking to kids about cancer.


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bequest picLeaving a bequest in your will can mean a world of difference as we work for a future free from cancer.

Including a bequest is not an alternative to looking after your family, it’s a part of it.

Read here the stories of fellow Cancer Council NSW supporters leaving a gift of hope for a cancer-free future.


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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.