As we approach the end of the year, it feels like a time to reflect on the achievements and learnings we have taken from the past 12 months. Indeed, 2020 has been filled with both; I know everyone is acutely aware of the challenges we have all faced. So it is especially pleasing to acknowledge and celebrate the award of three significant grants to bring us closer to a world without cancer. We are truly grateful for your ongoing support.
The festive season can be an especially
challenging one for families impacted by cancer, and we''d like to extend our thoughts and wishes to all those who are feeling this way. One such family whose story has touched all of us is Alex''s, and I invite you to read his story below if you haven''t had the opportunity already.
Lastly, I''d like to say a huge thank you to the ACRF team for their continued focus and positivity this year. We have reimagined the way we work and the way we connect with you, our supporters. We have all learned a lot along the way.
Please note, our offices will be closed from the 25th of December to the 4th of January for some well-deserved rest.
Wishing you a happy, safe and restful festive season.
Improving Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Research led by Peter Mac is helping to explain the broader effects of a new and powerful class of anti-cancer drugs, in the hope of making them work for longer in breast cancer patients.
Innovative Research Centre to Image ‘Dark Space’ of cancer
Based at Sydney''s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the ACRF Centre for Intravital Imaging of Niches for Cancer Immune Therapy (ACRF INCITe Centre) will house two Australian-designed microscopes. This will enable researchers to see immune cells and molecules at the cancer site move and interact in real-time – below the surface of tumours and deep inside tissues.
Behind the Science
Despite the challenges of 2020, we wanted to ensure that we could still all come together and celebrate the science and the work that’s been made possible thanks to our donors’ generosity. This year, our celebration was a virtual one, called Behind the Science.
Behind The Science, hosted by comedian and mathematician Adam Spencer, showcased the projects awarded ACRF funding in
2020. Adam’s entertaining and understandable interviews with the amazing grant recipients unveiled their innovative ideas and explored the potential impact these projects will have in advancing to a world without cancer. Watch it here.
100% of Your Donation Before December 31 Will Go Directly to Cancer Research
Jude was a mum of four, a grandmother to six grandkids (with one on the way) and the love of Alex’s life. She had a lot more living to do and a lot more love to give. But cancer had other plans and only a few years after her diagnosis Alex lost his Jude.
“You were the centre of our universe. Your family meant everything to you, and you were always the glue who brought us all together”.
"Our last year together was just devastating. You wanted so much to live, yet through all the pain and sickness, everything cancer put you through, you never lost your spirit.
"The only thing that scared you was the thought that your cancer could be genetic. That it could one day threaten the children and grandchildren you loved with all your heart."
"I know I can’t promise you that will never happen – but I’ll do everything I can to try and make sure it doesn’t. Starting with sharing your story, to raise much-needed funds for the research that could one day put an end to cancer.”
Thanking our Generous Corporate Givers
We are so thankful that our incredible supporters continue to see the value in supporting world-class cancer research through corporate giving programs.
From the entrepreneurs and small businesses who support ACRF through proceeds of sales, to our large corporate supporters who stand with us such as EnergyAustralia, Lion, Deloitte, Morgans and Countrywide. Your support by generously matching workplace giving donations, through skilled volunteering and corporate donations and fundraising, continues to provide tangible hope to those impacted by cancer.
This year we also launched our ACRF Luminaries at Work program for workplace givers. Thank you to all who have joined and are standing connected for a cancer-free future. Find out more about workplace giving here.
Thank you so very much for your ongoing support.
Over $250k raised by #teamACRF Shavers in 2020
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all those who have shaved, cut, or coloured their hair for us in 2020. Thanks to your efforts, we have raised over $250,000 which will help fund research into better ways to prevent, detect, and treat all types of cancer.
To those who have bravely taken the plunge to provide hope for those impacted by cancer, you are incredible! And to all those who have supported a Shaver by donating, we really appreciate your generosity.
We invite you to join #teamACRF and shave, cut or colour your hair for cancer
research! Find out more below.
Start 2021 with Peace of Mind
ACRF is hosting our fifth annual Wills Day in March 2021. Those in need of a Simple Will can have one created by a legal professional for just $75 for an individual, or $100 for a couple.
Join us across NSW in March: 3rd Sydney CBD, 10th Central Coast, 17th The Hills, or 24th Camden. All funds raised will contribute to world-class cancer
For more information on ACRF Wills Days, please phone Lee Christian on 1300 884 998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WIGG FAMILY
“Thank you to everyone who is cutting, colouring or shaving their hair for cancer research and for raising money to support the scientists that have given Frankie this chance at life, which to us, is priceless.”
Little Frankie is still in kindergarten but already knows what it is like to undergo chemotherapy and to lose your hair, after being diagnosed with Leukaemia.
Frankie’s family wanted to do something to support cancer research, so they decided to cut and shave their hair for ACRF. Mum Elyse, Dad Josh and even baby Juno decided to take on the challenge.
When Frankie heard the news, she said “We’ll all look like babies!”
Frankie’s Mum, Elyse, said: “Frankie is still feeling fancy with the little bit of hair that she has left but this too will soon go, and we would shave our heads a thousand times to make her feel even a
little bit more ok with it, although she is taking it in her stride like the brave little queen she is." Read More
"It has been wonderful to watch ACRF grow and see all the amazing advancements in cancer research"
When Lynn Moffitt lost her twin sister Jean to Ovarian cancer in January 1993, she looked for a way to honour her sister’s memory. She researched cancer organisations and was impressed by Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
“I called ACRF, made my first donation and I liked what I heard so I asked if they needed any volunteers? In 1995, soon after I retired, I became ACRF’s very first volunteer in their
“The office was so small back then, with a tiny team of three staff plus me, all crammed in. I got to know them all and it has been wonderful to watch ACRF grow and see all the amazing advancements in cancer research." Read More
"If you have any spare dollars, I’m sure that would be gratefully appreciated by ACRF no matter how big or small. This would give you as an individual a great sense of pride and wellbeing, knowing your contribution may help save somebody’s life or will help someone in need."
"Hi, my name is Andrew Czarnecki and I co-own a Bus, Touring and Charter Business in the South East suburbs of Melbourne. My business partner and I have operated the company for 25 years.
A number of years ago, I was looking for a worthy charity to donate money to. The tax benefit was appealing, and I believe firmly that scientists, doctors and researchers use dollars much better than any government and that the rewards of their labour benefits society far more.
I looked at a number of charities and ACRF stood out in the crowd due to the way they engage with their donors. I have supported them ever since."Read More