SA Power Networks
Cancer Council SA has enjoyed remaining a key charity partner of the SA Power Networks Employee Foundation in 2017–18. The SA Power Networks Employee Foundation was established in 2006 to enable employees to make a difference in the South Australian community through volunteering and goods/monetary donations. The Foundation has donated over $860,000 to Cancer Council SA since its inception.
In 2017, Foodland once again demonstrated an ongoing commitment to helping the local community. In August, Foodland celebrated its 16th Daffodil Day, with funds raised to date totalling over $380,000. Just two months later, Foodland held its own fundraiser whereby partial proceeds of selected bakery product sales were donated to Cancer Council SA. This initiative alone raised $32,653. Thank you to staff, management and customers who have all helped to support local business and support cancer research, prevention and support here in South Australia.
IKEA partnered with Cancer Council SA during the month of August as part of their co-worker charity initiative. As well as collecting donations in the restaurant and at checkouts, IKEA hosted a Daffodil Day stall on site from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 August, raising a total of $5,155.
Guardian Insurance Brokers have been a great supporter of the work of Cancer Council SA over a number of years. To build on this work, during the last year Guardian have allocated a proportion of all of their invoices to raising money for Cancer Council SA. Not only has this allowed our work to continue, it demonstrates to the community that everyday actions can make a real difference.
Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride
Through the Apex Copper Coast Retreat, Cancer Council SA and Apex Foundation provide free holiday accommodation for South Australian families experiencing cancer diagnosis and treatment. By providing a temporary escape, and an opportunity to spend quality time together, this service helps to ease the burden and stress of a difficult time. The Apex Copper Coast Retreat―three purpose-built holiday units located at Wallaroo Tourist Park on the Yorke Peninsula―would never have been possible without some inspirational people who came together for one incredible initiative: The Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride. The Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride is an annual charity ride that sees 80+ riders travel on Honda CT 110 “postie bikes” through the picturesque Flinders Ranges and over tough off-road terrain. In the lead-up to the ride, each rider is asked to raise a minimum of $500, with some going above and beyond and raising $14,000. How they raise the funds is up to them― asking friends and family, approaching businesses and hosting events. The 2017 event took place in August, raising over $100,000. Since its first event, the Apex Outback Postie Bike Ride has raised nearly $850,000 in support of the Apex Copper Coast Retreat.
Many Faces of Cancer
The name ‘Many Faces of Cancer’ symbolises the fact that cancer comes in many different forms and has a wide impact on people, from patients to families, friends and all those around them. Angie Nguyen and her husband Henri have both lost immediate family to cancer, and watched close friends diagnosed in recent years. They were determined to create an event where they could have fun celebrating their loved ones while raising funds to support the vital work of Cancer Council SA. Many Faces of Cancer host a biannual event, with the third iteration taking place in 2017 in the form of a charity gala dinner. Funds raised from the 2017 event have helped transform the tired swimming pool space at Flinders Lodge into a Wellness garden and surrounding space.
Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund
Over 40 years ago, The Hon. Marjorie Jackson-Nelson (AC, CVO, MBE)—the Lithgow Flash and former Governor of South Australia—watched her husband diagnosed, treated, and pass away from acute myeloid leukaemia. She consequently established the Peter Nelson Leukaemia Research Fellowship Fund in his memory, with the goal of raising funds through donations and bequests specifically for leukaemia research to discover a cure.
Cancer Council SA’s branches are our regional representatives―passionate community supporters who join forces to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council SA initiatives. Along with raising $114,878.23 this year for Cancer Council SA,
these nine branches (Gawler, Jamestown & Districts, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Northern Yorke Peninsula, Red Sands, Riverland and Tea Tree Gully) are paramount in making their community aware of the varying support services that Cancer Council SA provides to those impacted by cancer and the general public.