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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday, 01 September, 2018

Each September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we’d love you to show your support or get your business involved. There are many ways you can help, such as:

  • Light up gold. Light up your house/building “gold” (yellow) in support of childhood cancer awareness month – this is a global initiative which will also see Adelaide landmarks “light up gold” in support.
  • Buy an Elliot (plush toy dog) for a child diagnosed with cancer, to help them through their journey. This is also a tax-deductible donation.
  • Make a one-off tax-deductible donation.
  • Donate a percentage of sales/services to the Childhood Cancer Association during September. Run a special marketing campaign.
  • Write an article about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in your company newsletter. We can help you write this.
  • Share social media posts about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You can download the digital assets you'll need here.
  • Organise a community fundraising activity in September.
  • Host a donation tin to raise funds.
  • Share your story.  How has the Childhood Cancer Association supported your family?
  • Become a Childhood Champion. A regular, monthly donation means you can make a big difference in the long-term.
  • Join our City-Bay Fun Run team on Sunday, 16 September – as an individual or a corporate team.

Have something else in mind?  We invite you to contact us and we'll help turn your idea in to action!

Buy an Elliot for a Sick Child - $30


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was first proclaimed by former US President Obama in 2010. Since then it has become a global initiative, raising awareness for childhood cancer.

The Gold Ribbon is the International Awareness Symbol of Childhood Cancer, with gold being  the international colour of childhood cancer awareness.

Childhood Cancer Statistics

Each year, more than 950 children and adolescents in Australia - and 163,000 children worldwide - are diagnosed with cancer.

One third of childhood cancers are diagnosed in children aged 0-4 years.

Every week, nearly three children and adolescents in Australia - and 1,500 children worldwide - die from cancer.

Source: Children's Cancer Institute 2017

Locally, in South Australia, the Childhood Cancer Association receives an average of 60 referrals each year, for children newly diagnosed with cancer. In addition to this an average of 10 children relapse and 8 children pass away from cancer every year.

At present, the Childhood Cancer Association supports more than 400 families affected by childhood cancer.

Media enquiries to:

Bianca Borrett
Marketing & Communications Manager
Childhood Cancer Association
Ph: 0421 355 252

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