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!
Register to sell bandannas
We'll send you a box of awesome bandannas that you can sell to your school mates, friends and family.
Cut it, Colour it or Cover it
Challenge yourself to Cut, Colour or Cover your hair this Bandanna Day.
Chatime x Bandanna Day
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.
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.
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 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.