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Supporting us to support you

2020 was, and continues to be, a challenging year for all South Australians, with the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic impacting many of us in different and significant ways.


Year in review

This year, we continued to work closely with the South Australian community towards a cancer free future.


Key highlights

See how you’ve helped to change the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer.

This incredible effort funds our research, support and prevention programs that help all South Australians impacted by cancer.

In 2019, Cancer Council SA joined forces with Stratco to launch Stratco National Patio Day. A campaign held on the first Saturday of summer, Stratco National Patio Day raises funds for Cancer Council while also educating Australians on the importance of sun protection whenever the UV is 3 and above. In its first year, Stratco National Patio Day raised over

$250,000 for Cancer Council and saw the installation of numerous Stratco Patio’s in

homes across the country, providing valuable sun protection to Australian families. Stratco Group Chief Executive Officer Ben Miels shares why Stratco National Patio Day was such a success.

17 year old Kylan Beech came up with the idea to ride 220 kilometres from Adelaide to Barmera with his brothers, Jono, Nick and Jordan. His motivation was his mum Tammy, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away a few years ago. Known as ‘220 for Tammy’, the ride raised funds for Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project. The Beech brothers were amazed to see their initial $10,000 fundraising goal triple to more than $30,000—a figure that will go a long way in funding cancer research and saving future lives.

In 2019, St Peter’s Girls School became our Ponytail Project pioneers, with more than 70 students rocking the chop for a cancer free future. Through donations in the lead up to and on the day, the passionate students raised more than $28,000 for Cancer Council SA and also donated their ponytails to make wigs for those going through cancer treatment.

This year we celebrated 20 years of Relay For Life, with Cancer Council SA volunteer Pam there every step of the way. Pam lost her brother and sister to melanoma, with her and her younger sister both having melanomas removed. Passionate about raising funds to support others, Pam has taken part in every Adelaide Central Relay For Life and, together with family and friends, has raised an incredible $250,000 to support South Australians impacted by cancer. Pam, together with 65 teams, raised $144,000 at the 20th Anniversary of Relay For Life, taking the Adelaide Central Relay For Life total to more than $1 million raised for South Australians impacted by cancer.

In February 2020, the incredible women behind the Marilyn Jetty Swim celebrated their seven-year itch in style, breaking a world record for the largest gathering of women (and men!) dressed as the starlet in one location and celebrating $500,000 raised for Cancer Council SA since the swim started in 2013. 210 Marilyns gathered on Brighten Jetty

Road for the official count before heading into the water for the annual swim, held as a part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic.


Your Impact in 2020

Hear from people who have benefited from your generous support this year.


Corporate partners

We couldn’t do the work that we do without the dedicated support of our Corporate Partners. Thank you to the following South Australian businesses who have supported us in the past year.

A long-term and committed Cancer Council SA partner, this year Foodland again helped out our South Australian community by selling fresh daffodils and merchandise across all of their South Australian stores on Daffodil Day. Thank you Foodland.

This year, SA Power Networks Employee Foundation celebrated a significant milestone, reaching $1 million donated to Cancer Council SA across many years of support. A huge thank you to everyone at SA Power Networks for their generous support over the years, which has made a huge difference to the lives of every South Australian.

Long-standing Cancer Council SA corporate partner GenesisCare, again fundraised on our behalf this year for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and Ride for a reason—going above and beyond their sponsorship of the Transport to Treatment bus. Thank you GenesisCare.

Our wonderful friends at Guardian Insurance generously donated $50 from every broker fee received this year to support cancer research and services. They also continued to sponsor our supporter newsletter, The Daffodil, sent out to help keep you up to date on your stories of support. Thanks for your continued support Guardian Insurance.

For the last 16 years Tony’s Flower Market have supported Daffodil Day and it simply would not be the same without them. A huge thanks to everyone at Tony’s Flower Market for their continued support. For the last 16 years Tony’s Flower Market have supported Daffodil Day and it simply would not be the same without them. A huge thanks to everyone at Tony’s Flower Market for their continued support.


Your year!

See how much impact was made at Cancer Council SA events throughout the year.

This year, more than 150 location across Adelaide sold 15,000 bunches of fresh daffodils, with all the money raised going towards funding South Australian cancer research.

Throughout October, incredible women around South Australia hosted almost 110 home and workplace events to raise awareness of women’s cancers and donated the funds they would have spent on a night out to women’s cancer research, prevention and support programs. Well done to everyone who helped to raise just over $85,000!

Across the country hosts gathered to celebrate the first Saturday (7 December] ) of summer and mark the inaugural Stratco National Patio Day. Thanks to our hosts, together with support from Stratco’s dedicated dealer network, more than $250,000 was raised for Cancer Council.

206 cyclists made their Tour Down Under ride count by raising funds for Cancer Council SA. 121 cyclists rode ahead of the pros in the Westpac Challenge Tour, 47 riders participated in the January Distance Challenge and 37 did the January Distance Challenge and Westpac Challenge Tour combined. Thank you to every rider and every supporter who helped raise an outstanding $221,800 for cancer research, prevention and support programs. Thank you also to the South Australian Tourism Commission for their continued support.

210 Marilyns took to Brighten Beach for the 7th annual Marilyn Jetty Swim, raising just over $100,000 for Cancer Council SA and breaking a world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as starlet Marilyn Monroe in one location.

Throughout the month of March, 937 South Australians took part in The March Charge, a 31-day personal fitness challenge fundraiser. By raising over $113,500 for Cancer Council, and by committing to reach their own individual exercise goals, every single March Charger helped tell cancer where to go.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea looked a little different this year with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Instead of bringing the community together through morning teas and celebrations, our hosts found new and innovative ways to hold or support a morning tea. 1,384 individual, community and workplace hosts raised their cuppa for a cause during an incredibly challenging time, raising $255,000 for cancer research, prevention and support services.

This year, 3,375 kind-hearted donors showed their support to Cancer Council SA’s direct mail appeals, raising $385,785. This included 1,301 donations and more than $103,300 raised through our Emergency Appeal, sent following the devastating bushfires and COVID-19 economic downturn, which affected many of our fundraising events. Thank you to all the South Australians who donated and enabled our services to continue during this time.

This year 2,218 dedicated Relayers took part in 11 events across the state, walking thousands of kilometres to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer and raising a combined $554,177. The biggest event of the 2020 season was Adelaide Central Relay For Life on the 29 February which marked 20 years of relay. 798 people of all ages came together to show support for each other’s experience of cancer and raised an outstanding $144,000.

Throughout the year, 309 South Australians found creative and fun ways to fundraise, raising an amazing $406,317 for South Australians impacted by cancer—thank you!