Aussies urged to step up and save lives: ‘2km a Day in May’ returns to support cancer research

After the success of last year’s inaugural campaign, Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) is again putting out the call for Aussies to take on the ‘2km a Day in May’ challenge.

More than $100,000 was raised for cutting-edge cancer research through the Facebook fundraiser in 2022 – and the goal is to improve on that this time around.

The challenge is simple: walk or run 2km each day in May (perhaps with mates or your dog), set up an ACRF donation page on Facebook and ask your friends to get behind a brilliant cause.

Not only will your support help ACRF save millions of lives by providing funding for scientists to access next-generation technology, but you’ll be looking after your own health.

Research shows that adopting a cancer-smart lifestyle, including exercise and a balanced diet, could result in one in three cancer cases being prevented and cancer deaths dropping significantly.

“We were thrilled with the way people engaged in our first 2km a Day in May challenge and we’re excited to bring it back in 2023,” ACRF CEO Kerry Strydom said.

“It’s a fun, easy way to contribute to vital cancer research as well as reduce your chance of developing this insidious disease by leading an active lifestyle. Two kilometres may not seem like a lot, but every step is helping to raise vital funds for cancer research.”

Like last year, participants will have access to a Facebook group where they can share their progress with an encouraging community of fellow challengers.

Those who raise $100 or more will receive a limited-edition bucket hat.

“Every donation via 2km a Day in May will help supercharge more cancer research in Australia,” Ms Strydom said.

“Grab a friend, your partner or your pooch and step up for a great initiative!”

To register for 2km a Day in May or donate, click here.