Fishing to fight cancer: Skipper circumnavigates Australia for Cancer Council

Monday 6 June, 2016


What: Skipper and fishing enthusiast Mark Ratchford will depart Melbourne Boat Show today to embark on ‘Fish for Life', a 16,500km journey to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council.

When: Today, Monday 20 June. Mark will depart Melbourne Boat Show, with his journey around Australia lasting over 4 months.

Where: ‘Fish For Life' will touch over 90 communities around Australia, including 7 capital cities.

Mark Ratchford, a keen fisherman and Cancer Council supporter, will depart on his ‘Fish For Life' adventure today, navigating the seas during a four month journey for the fight against cancer.

Mark will travel 16,500km during his journey, crossing 3 oceans, 2 seas, 1 gulf, 1 bite and 2 straits, all while raising funds and awareness for Cancer Council.

Mark and his ground crew will touch more than 90 communities, including 7 capital cities, with other being encouraged to ‘get their lines out for cancer' too!

Cancer Council Victoria Director of Fundraising Andrew Buchanan said funds raised will go towards Cancer Council's cancer research, prevention and support services for people affected by cancer.

"We work to reduce the impact of all cancers for all Victorians, but it simply isn't possible without the hard work of people like Mark. Cancer Council Victoria relies on generous donations and passionate fundraisers for more than half of our funding," he said.

"Cancer affects everyone in some way, with 84 Victorians diagnosed with cancer every day. However, thanks to funds raised for research by supporters we have seen real strides in cancer survival rates - with five-year survivorship up from 48% in 1988 to 67% in 2013. These kinds of gains are not possible without incredible feats and a lot of hard work from our fundraisers."

For more information on how to support ‘Fish For Life' or to attend an event near you visit