September 2016

Announcement from CEO, Jim L’Estrange


Following my announcement in July that I would be leaving Cancer Council NSW, the Board has conducted an extensive recruitment process, and announced today that Jeff Mitchell will be taking over as the new CEO.

Jeff brings to the role valuable familiarity and knowledge of Cancer Council NSW, having been a member of the Board of Cancer Council NSW since April 2015, where he has chaired the Audit and Risk, Investment and IT Committees. He is now looking forward to playing a more hands on role in the organisation’s future.

Mark Phillips, Chair of the Board, commented:

“We are delighted to have a person of Jeff’s calibre as our new CEO. Jeff is a great leader and brings extensive commercial experience to the role, as well as an obvious passion and empathy for the work and ambitions of Cancer Council.”

“Whilst the Board is sorry to see Jim leaving us, we feel that the organisation will be in safe hands with the baton being passed to Jeff. We thank Jim for his tireless efforts over the past three years. He has made a major contribution in furthering the role of Cancer Council, both in NSW and nationally, in mobilising the community to reduce the impact of cancer.”

Jeff is very excited at this opportunity:

“I have seen a lot of great work and momentum during my time on the Board of Cancer Council NSW, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play a more hands on role in the organisation’s future.”

The coming weeks will be a transition phase to ensure Jeff is ready to hit the ground running when he officially starts in the role on Monday 24 October.

On a personal note, I have deeply appreciated your energy, enthusiasm, leadership and support. It has been a privilege to have been CEO of Cancer Council NSW for the past three years.




7BW-Logo-2015-700_094333Now into its 11th year, the annual Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk returns to Sydney on Sunday 30 October 2016.

The event is a great way to see Sydney, benefit your health, join in a great community activity, and raise much needed funds for Cancer Council NSW.

The 27km walk takes in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour with seven villages. Along the course, you will be well fed and entertained throughout your walk.

Get your friends and family together and register at


Connecting Communities Volunteering Expo

IRT NowraWe are very excited to announce that Cancer Council NSW Southern Region was successful in gaining a $15,000 grant from the IRT Foundation to host a Connecting Communities Volunteering Expo.

The Connecting Communities Volunteering Expo will provide a one-stop source for volunteers from the Southern NSW region to explore volunteering opportunities, develop new skills and seek advice on how to get more out of their volunteering experience.

Volunteers and key community members will be invited to attend this two-day learning, development and social connection forum on 1 and 2 December, where there will be opportunities to network and be inspired by thought leaders in various fields of health promotion, advocacy, cancer prevention, leadership and practical support professionals, as well as media and communications.

Click on the links below and read recent media articles about the announcement of the IRT grant and the Volunteering Expo.


Regional News


Metro Sydney

Greater Western Sydney

Hunter Central Coast

Northern NSW

Western NSW

Southern NSW


Events Calendar

This page on our website lists easy access to information about the events supported by or directly undertaken by Cancer Council NSW.

These include Relay For Life all across NSW, Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival, Pink Ribbon Day, and The Color Run Day in Lake Macquarie.

Did you Volunteer on Daffodil Day?

Thanks to our community partners, Daffodil Day volunteers are entitled to a range of great benefits. Keep an eye out for these benefits, which will be emailed directly to you in the coming weeks.


Healthy Tip

wholegrain-cerealDietary fibre is an important part of a nutritious, well balanced diet, and helps reduce your risk of bowel cancer.

It’s recommended we all eat at least four serves of wholegrain or wholemeal foods, at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables per day, including legumes.


In the News

Cancer Council NSW’s PR team distributes a daily summary of cancer stories that are gaining attention in the media that day.

This is a useful resource to stay up-to-date with news relevant to Cancer Council NSW staff, volunteers and supporters across research, prevention, advocacy, support and fundraising.

To subscribe to the daily cancer news, please email with the subject Subscribe.

For a preview of the range of stories covered on a daily basis, visit here.


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