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Geelong Region Cancerians

Geelong Region Cancerians Annual Giving Campaign


The Geelong Region Cancerians was launched April 2018 in response to the desire of our Founder Phillipa Challis OAM to give back to the community after becoming a Uterine Cancer survivor in 2017.  


Her aim to raise awareness of cancer detection while raising funds that support research for uterine cancer and all other cancers has become our mission.  The vision for the future of the Geelong Region Cancerians also includes the education and dissemination of information about the warning signs of Uterine Cancer and other cancers.  


 Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) was selected as the organisation that would receive the results of our fundraising efforts, and it was from them that we obtained the following information –

Each year, about 2,500 Australian women are diagnosed with Uterine Cancer, also known as cancer of the womb. The majority of these women are over 50. In Australia it is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in women and also the most commonly diagnosed gynecological cancer. 


As Australians experience 12 times the global incidence of Melanoma, and it is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15 to 40, a diagnostic centre set to revolutionise the early detection of Melanoma will be established with a $9.9 million ACRF grant. The rollout of 15 three dimensional total body imaging systems across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales will significantly enhance the capability and capacity of clinicians and researchers to detect and understand melanoma.

Our involvement with ACRF is history making as Geelong is the first regional city in Victoria to have been formed and be affiliated with them.  Their message that ‘together we can outsmart cancer’ is one we have embraced.  

ACRF is the only charity in Australia dedicated to ending all forms of cancer by exclusively funding cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that researchers and clinical teams need to fast-track discoveries and new treatments.  

Since its formation in 1984 ACRF has provided $159.8 million in 75 grants to 42 institutes, hospitals and universities around Australia. Of these ACRF Grants 23 valued $44.7 million has been provided to research institutes, hospitals and universities in Victoria.  


ACRF have recently funded a grant of $3.5 Million, awarded to Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI). This is the third grant provided from ACRF to the Institute and it will be used to establish The ACRF Child Cancer Liquid Biopsy Program. Each year in Australia over 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. This program will focus on those children diagnosed with high-risk cancers.


People are invited to go to to support and share our aim, mission and vision in the knowledge that the achievements of the Geelong Region Cancerians will be immeasurable for those in Geelong and the wider community having to deal with uterine and other cancers.


We have presented ACRF with $33,000.00 in 18 months of fundraising. Thank you everyone for your contribution that allowed us to financially support cancer awareness and research.


“Thank you so much for making this funding available for Australian researchers so we can provide something really meaningful for Australians with cancer and for their family and friends. I know how much this means to every patient that I treat and this is the only way that we can go forward together.”

Professor Clare Scott MB BS PhD Melbourne FRACP (medical oncology)

As we know, during COVID-19 face-to-face fundraising events are not an option; Geelong Region Cancerians is launching our ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN 2020 to raise awareness and funds that support research for Uterine Cancer and other cancers supporting ACRF. 


Please help us achieve the desired outcomes by donating to our ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN 2020

Help Geelong Region Cancerians to reach their goal of $5,000

$3,685 raised

Contact Details

PO Box 860

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.