Celebrating a special group of people

20150809_104807This week, Volunteering Australia are celebrating all the benefits that volunteers bring to Australia with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. And we want to take this opportunity to thank all the ACRF volunteers who play a large part in our mission to end cancer.

“There is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time and skills to help others,” says Brett Williamson, OAM, CEO Volunteering Australia. “This week we say thank you to the six million Australian volunteers and celebrate that they are living healthier, happier and more meaningful lives by volunteering.”

Associate Professor Dr Thomas Nielsen, University of Canberra, says “Volunteering is a core part of the community and plays a critical role in Australian society, and in Australia’s economy. Volunteers form a formidable workforce powering many essential community services and supports.”

This is certainly true at the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Our volutneers play a vital role and so we are extremely grateful for all that they do. With their help, we can continue to reduce the impact of cancer by funding world-class cancer research.

A special thank you goes out to the individuals that give their support in our office and to the ACRF cheer squad who encourage our runners at marathon events. We are also very appreciative of the amazing Cancerian Committees who host events across the country to raise funds, and to our corporate partners who volunteer their time to and share their professional skills.

Volunteering is a positive and inspiring way to help any cause and your enthusiasm, positivity and a dedication are the only qualifications you need!

If you would like to find out more about how you can volunteer with the ACRF, click here. To register interest for ACRF volunteering opportunities please email info@acrf.com.au or call us on 1300 884 988 to see what is available.

It’s Volunteer week!

As the great Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Here at the ACRF we are lucky to meet so many wonderful people who live this mantra. From marathon runners, to head shavers, to gala dinners and everything in between, we get to watch people’s own strength and creativity shine in all their efforts towards raising funds for cancer research.

Our most dedicated volunteer groups are known as Cancerians Committees. Together these event-based charity volunteers have raised millions of dollars for world-class cancer research by organising annual events in their local area. Click here to take a look at our amazingly dedicated Cancerians.

We are also incredibly fortunate to have a number of volunteers who give their time to help end cancer, by helping out in our office.

We wanted to take a moment to share some of their stories with you.


Lisa Sliteris: “It is an easy task to acknowledge the need for change, but it is more the action taken after this that determines the outcome. By volunteering, it gives you the chance to take such action for a cause that you are passionate about. I chose to volunteer for the ACRF as I wanted to be part of a positive goal directed and committed team. Their ambitious and hard work has had a major influence for cancer research, and I hope that through my volunteer work, I can contribute to future their accomplishments.”




Duncan Innes: “Why volunteer for ACRF? Well, apart from the fact that cancer is likely to affect one in two men personally during their lifetime, my Mum, my favourite boss and my mother-in-law have all been cancer patients. My grandad died of stomach cancer 50 years ago, too.

When I started my career as a hospital administrator, bone marrow transplant was experimental: four out of five leukaemia patients didn’t survive. Now, four out of five kids do survive. So that tells you how important cancer research is, and how it is a long-term game. Contributing my time and my skills to that is definitely a worthwhile thing to do!”


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Sayako Inoue: “My sister found out she had thyroid cancer when she became pregnant with her first child. Thanks to the latest treatments she was able to receive, she has been well and my nephew is turning five this year. I thank ACRF for giving me the opportunity to invest my time in the cause I believe in.”

A big thank you again to all the volunteers out there, we get closer every day to ending cancer because of you.

If you would like to find out more about how you can volunteer with the ACRF, click here.