Ways to get involved
You can get involved in a range of ways to show your support and join the movement to stand up to cancer!
Bandanna Day 2021
We know many of you are excited for Bandanna Day 2021.
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What is National Bandanna Day?
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 $33 million to support young people impacted by cancer.
With your support, funds raised from Bandanna Day will help young people impacted by cancer get access to programs, counselling and peer support.
Find out more about how YOU can stand up to cancer!
We've sold 35,142 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.
Joshua Bell was born in Sydney in 2002. 18 months later, his mum noticed his glands were swollen. His parents made the life-altering decision to investigate further. The following blur of ultrasounds and tests awakened their nightmare.