Friday 27 October 2023 



Ways to get involved

Held on the last Friday in October, National Bandanna Day is the flagship fundraising and awareness campaign for Canteen. Since Bandanna Day began it has raised more than $35 million to support young people impacted by cancer.

You can get involved in a range of ways to show your support and join the movement to stand up to cancer!

Fiona holding Bandanna Day Pack

Return your funds

If you took part in selling bandannas this year, thanks so much! Click below to find out how to return any cash you received.

Return funds

Register your interest for 2023 

Register your interest for National Bandanna Day on the 27 October 2023.


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Buy from our online shop

Buy a bandanna (or two) and wear your support all year long.

Click here to visit our shop.

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Chatime x Bandanna Day

Chatime Australia has come on board as our Principal Partner for #BandannaDay! We all agree that #cancersucks, so throughout October we'll be selling a limited-edition Canteen x Chatime bandanna at Chatime T-breweries across the country and in our Canteen Shop
Buy yours today and stand up to cancer!

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We've sold 20,523 bandannas so far this year!

How does Canteen help young people?

Counselling and individual support

Canteen counsellors are specially trained to understand the challenges cancer brings. Young people can share thoughts or feelings that other people in their lives might not be able to relate to.

Peer support and programs

Life can feel pretty lonely when you’re trying to deal with cancer. Through Canteen, young people can meet other young people living with cancer who totally get what they’re going through.

Youth Cancer Services

Youth Cancer Services provide world-leading, specialist, age-appropriate treatment and support for young cancer patients aged 15-25. Around 70% of all newly diagnosed young cancer patients are supported by the Youth Cancer Services.

Canteen Connect 

An online community for young people (aged 12-25) who are dealing with their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one. Through Canteen Connect, young people and parents can connect with others in a similar situation, share their experiences and chat to a Canteen counsellor.  


Each year young people at Canteen are offered a range of opportunities to develop their leadership potential. Ultimately, we are investing in young people’s power and positive influence in their lives, communities and world.

Robots Project

Designed to help cancer patients stay connected to their school and friend networks, our robots use video conferencing technology to allow young people to remotely attend classes and engage with friends. Our robot enables a young cancer patient to keep up with their daily lives, achieve a sense of normality, and lower their feelings of isolation.

Fiona's story

Fiona Wyer  is a Canteen youth ambassador who had cancer came knocking on her door when she was just 18 and transitioning from high school to university. Like most people, it came as a shock and was certainly not welcomed.

Read Fiona's story

Together, let's stand up to cancer!