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Eight-year-old Jaime and her sister Georgie took part in Casey’s Relay for Life with her family. Jaime’s Relay team is called “The Lionhearts” in honour of her family members who have been impacted by cancer, and her Uncle Brad who is currently undergoing treatment.

“He’s as brave as a big lion,” said Jaime referring to her Uncle Brad.

For this year’s Relay Jaime has been raising funds by making bracelets and keyrings out of her own pocket money and selling them at school.

She donated all the proceeds of her bracelet sales for a cancer-free future.

Jaime’s five-year-old sister Georgie is also a part of the Relay for Life team. She has put aside $34 of her own pocket money to donate to Cancer Council Victoria.

“The girls will participate and walk for as long as they can,” Nicole said, their mother.

Nicole thinks Relay for Life is a great way to raise awareness about cancer and brings people affected by the disease together.



A big thank you to everyone who supported Cancer Research Giving Day in February.

It was an incredible day and thanks to our amazing supporters and volunteers, over $650,000 was raised for cancer research.



In March we welcomed supporters to our Behind the Brilliance Cancer Research Showcase where the new Breakthrough Research Fund was launched.

We heard from Professor Jeremy Millar, Associate Professor Paul Beavis, Dr Joanne Lundy and Associate Professor Rishu Agarwal about the cancer breakthroughs being worked on in areas such as pancreatic cancer and immunotherapy right now thanks to funding from generous Victorians.

The Breakthrough Research Fund will support the best and brightest cancer researchers across the state to pursue courageous ideas across all cancer types.  

If you would like to find out more about the Breakthrough Research Fund, please contact our philanthropy team by emailing partnerships@cancervic.org.au or by calling (03) 9514 6392.



The tea was flowing at Collins Square who celebrated Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea’s 30th birthday by providing visitors the opportunity to add sprinkles of hope and remembrance to a giant cake in honour of everyone who has been affected by cancer.

“More than just a commercial precinct, Collins Square is a place for people. A connected community for over 20,000 business professionals who at some point, in some way, have been touched by cancer.

Our precinct community is not immune, and our partnership with Cancer Council Victoria provides a wonderful opportunity for us to support our tenants to come together to host their own Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event or to take part in the precinct’s event, raising vital funds to make a difference to those impacted.” - Helen, Collins Square.



Jarrod Simmons raised over $15,000 in his ‘Ride for Reason’ fundraiser. He rode 250km in 10 hours in honour of his dad who was diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Thank you Jarrod for your determination to raise awareness and support cancer research.

"There aren’t enough words to describe the feelings you get after hearing a cancer diagnosis, but that’s what we faced when my Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 in 2020. After the initial shock, the fear, anger and uncertainty set in, followed quickly by a feeling of helplessness which in time I came to learn were all very normal in what was a very abnormal time for us. Being from a rural town Dad’s treatment wasn’t available at home which meant my parents relocated to Melbourne for 7 months in the height of the initial pandemic. We couldn’t travel to be with them and we never knew if we’d see our Dad again. Fortunately and with thanks to the immediate life saving treatment my Dad received, we did see him again and he’s still with us today. I’m forever grateful for the people, research and support we received to make that possible, and it’s this that has motivated me to push for greater awareness and fundraising in the hopes that one day no family will ever have to go through a cancer journey." - Jarrod.

Over 100 people came together to celebrate as the Kaniva Volunteer Group celebrated the 30th birthday of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with a cuppa and some cake. The event coincided with volunteer Margaret Wallis receiving her 30 years of service. Congratulations Margaret. 







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