With Father’s Day just around the corner, we all will be thinking about what to get Dad and how to show Dad that we care. Rather than filling his cupboard with more unwanted gifts like socks, jocks and ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mugs, why not donate in his name to cancer research?

Why Donate a Gift to Cancer Research on Father’s Day?

September is the month where we raise awareness for the most common cancers affecting Australian men. 1 in 5 men will develop prostate cancer before the age of 85, and the five year survival rate for bowel cancer in men is 66.2 percent. This means now, more than ever, we need to support researchers who are working to outsmart cancers affecting men.

It’s also the month where we celebrate one of the most important men in our lives on Father’s Day. If you’re stuck for what to buy for Dad, donations to charity are a meaningful gift, particularly if someone he knows has been affected by cancer.

When you make a donation to cancer research in place of a gift you’ll be helping speed up cancer research discoveries and bring new hope for the future. What better way to make Dad feel really special this Father’s Day than for him to know that you’ve donated in his honour to fund world-class research into ending cancer!

What can you do with Dad to Fundraise for Men’s Cancer Month?

One of the best gifts you can give to Dad is your time. Organising a fundraiser with Dad can be a great Father’s Day bonding activity. If you and Dad would like to fundraise for Men’s Cancer Month, but aren’t quite sure how to get started, then we’ve got some ideas for you to make a difference:

  • Dinner Party: Organise a dinner party where all the Dad’s in the family give up Father’s Day privileges and prepare dinner for the guests. Attendees need to make a minimum donation set by the hosts.
  • Garage Sale: Make room for new Father’s Day gifts by selling unwanted items to the community and donating the profits to cancer research.
  • Golf Tournament: Is Dad or Grandpa skilled on the green? Organise a golf tournament and ask participants for a small donation.
  • Quiz Night: If Dad isn’t so savvy with a golf club, perhaps a trivia card is more his forte. Host a trivia night and ask for a small donation from each team of players.
  • Walk to Outsmart Cancer: If you would prefer one on one time with Dad, trek to an exciting destination this Father’s Day.

Never doubt the impact even a small donation can have. You can help researchers make new ground on their projects, and improve the technology which detects, diagnoses and treats all types of cancer.

Support Cancer Research at your Father’s Day Lunch

If you and your family are throwing a party or holding a lunch for Dad this Father’s Day, why not turn the affair into a fundraising activity the whole family can participate in. It’ll make the day a fun and memorable experience for all involved.

Honour Dad, Grandpa and other men in the family with these easy to execute fundraising ideas:

  • Swear Jar: Is there a relative or two who are a little loose on the lips? For larger gatherings, use a swear jar to raise money for cancer research, and give Dad’s ears a break (assuming he’s not the culprit!).
  • Headshave: Symbolically remove your hair and encourage others in the family to do the same. This gesture makes a statement of love for someone you or Dad knows who’s been affected by cancer.
  • BBQ and Raffle: Make the event itself a charity fundraiser! Extend the invitation to your friends and neighbours and hold a raffle in support of cancer research.

Whether your donation is in lieu of a gift, or you choose to host a fundraising event, Dad will appreciate the meaningful gesture this Father’s Day.