Ways to get involved
Bandanna Day is Canteen’s iconic fundraiser to help 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!
You can choose to sell bandannas at your school, workplace or in your local community.
Cut, colour or cover your hair
Register now to take on a hair dare this Bandanna Day - 27 October 2023.
Pillow Talk x Bandanna Day
Our Principal Bandanna Day Partner, Pillow Talk is helping to fundraise for Canteen’s face-to-face counselling and peer support programs. These programs provide comfort and reduce feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety amongst young people who live with a cancer diagnosis in their family - be it their own, their parents or siblings.
Throughout September and October, two limited edition Pillow Talk bandannas will be available for purchase in all 65 Pillow Talk stores throughout Australia and in our Canteen online shop.
Shop now and help stand up to cancer!
We've sold 22,917 bandannas so far this year!
How does Canteen help young people?
Counselling and individual support
Canteen counsellors and psychologists 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.
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 really 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.
An online community available 24/7 where young people impacted by cancer can connect with others in in a similar situation, check out events around the country and online and chat to a counsellor.
Through youth leadership, Canteen aims to provide young people with opportunities to develop skills and connections that will benefit their long term future while also contributing to the direction of the organisation.
Our robot enables young cancer patients to attend school from their hospital bed or home, allowing them to stay connected to school, friends and family, which can help to improve their coping skills and build resilience that will last them a lifetime.
Belle is National Bandanna Day’s youth ambassador. Belle has designed her own bandanna called ‘Waves of Courage’ to represent both her cancer journey and the things that bring joy to her life.
“I designed my bandanna ‘Waves of Courage’ to represent the things I love – like the ocean and summer days – but also my cancer journey. The rainbow and the healing hands are a homage to everyone at Canteen who has supported me along the way.”
Belle's bandanna is available for purchase here.