Volunteer Voice January

Welcome to 2018

Find out what we have planned for the next few months with our CEO Chris McMillan.


Tell us what you think

We need your valued feedback to assist us in planning our thank You Celebrations for 2018.

Please complete the survey here by Tuesday February 6 to let us know how you found our  2017 events.

Contributing to an inclusive environment

As a member of our team your contribution plays a crucial role in ensuring everyone feels valued.Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) recognises and values the differences between individuals and their contribution to the success of the organisation.

The CCQ workplace is an environment that encourages participation and inclusion free from all forms of inappropriate workplace behaviours as identified in this policy. CCQ is committed to supporting a workforce where Equal Opportunity in Employment is respected, encouraged and expected.

To read more, please download the Valuing Diversity Policy

Rockhampton’s Annual Christmas Parade

Proudly presented by Stockland Rockhampton, the Annual Christmas Parade was held on November 16 with Cancer Council Queensland as the charity partner. Sponsorship and floats were up on last year and more than $4725 was raised for Cancer Council Queensland!

Healthy Educators Program

Cancer Council Queensland and TUH Health Fund have jointly developed the Healthy Educators’ Program, which aims to advise Queensland educators on cancer prevention and healthy living through a series of educational workshops.

It is the first program of its kind specifically targeting the health and wellbeing of Queensland educators, and is designed to assist them in improving their health and the health of the school community.

These workshops have been created in response to evidence that healthy lifestyle behaviours can prevent at least one third of cancer cases, and reduce the risk of numerous other chronic diseases.

The workshops will cover:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Early detection & screening
  • Sun protection
  • Smoke-free environments
  • Additional programs & resources

For workshop locations please click here.

It’s a wrap! Rockhampton, Cairns and Brisbane Christmas wrapping

Volunteers supported our Christmas wrapping sites around the state, many thanks for your precious time!

Rockhampton Relay for Life wrap site

Rockhampton Relay For Life at Stockland Rockhampton raised $18,317 congratulations!

Cairns Wrap Site 
Brisbane wrap site

Volunteer Counselling Assistance

This service is available to support you with work-related issues as well as personal problems that may impact on your job performance, health and mental well-being. Cancer Council Queensland funds confidential counselling for regularly involved volunteers for a maximum of four sessions per year. 

In the first instance, for cancer related support and information we encourage you to call 13 11 20.If you have done so and need further emotional support, or the issue is not cancer related, Volunteer Counselling Assistance is available. To access this service, contact your volunteer manager.

2018/19 Research grant participants

Earlier this month we announced our 2018/19 research grant recipients, investing over $2 million in cancer research projects.

10 researchers from leading institutions across Queensland will receive $200,000 over two years toward their projects, to improve treatment options and quality of life for those diagnosed with cancer.

The research grants will fund word-leading studies into various areas including immunotherapy, new ways to treat acute myeloid leukaemia, melanoma, breast cancer and lung cancer.

Investment in innovative, cutting-edge, ground-breaking research in Queensland is vital to improve survival rates for all types of cancer.

Dates for your diary 2018

February – World Cancer Day

Sunday, February 4 is World Cancer Day – a global event that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of lives each year through increased awareness and education, and is the ideal opportunity to encourage governments and individuals across the world to take action.

May – National Volunteer Week

From May 7-11 celebrate your contribution to CCQ! Held each May, National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in the community, and to say thank you to the over six million Australians who volunteer. Stay tuned for our plans to honour your amazing work and generous contribution to a cancer-free Queensland.

August – Daffodil Day

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope and our logo. As one of Australia’s most popular fundraising events, we will turn Queensland yellow on August 24 to give hope to those affected by cancer. Join us to help raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support services.

October – Girls’ Night In

One in six women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime. By providing women with an opportunity to get together, talk about their health and encourage each other to participate in regular check-ups and cancer screenings, Girls’ Night In is a powerful way to make a difference. Get the girls together anytime this October to provide support and raise awareness of women’s cancers.

November/December – Thank You Celebrations

Throughout November and December, we will be hosting parties across Queensland to thank you for your generous contribution during 2018. This is a great opportunity to come together with other volunteers to reflect on the year and recognise your incredible achievements.

Travelling for Treatment

Can you help us make a difference?

Are you interested in making a difference for people with cancer living in regional or rural Queensland?

If so we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a research project exploring the unique experience of cancer patients who need to travel for treatment, and their support people, to help improve their outcomes.

This role will involve speaking to people staying at Ellis Lodge (Brisbane) or Olive McMahon Lodge (Toowoomba) about the project, interviewing them about their experience travelling for treatment, collecting documentation, and updating the project database.  All training for the role will be provided, although previous research experience is essential.

If you are interested in applying, or would like more information about this role, please contact the research team on (07) 3634 5393 or email T4T@cancerqld.org.au.

Current volunteer opportunities

We are excited to be seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Relay for Life Committee volunteers

With events taking place throughout Queensland we’re on the lookout for passionate, motivated and inspired new recruits to join our amazing Relay family. Without volunteers, our events couldn’t happen – your support helps us put on the best events possible to raise lifesaving funds, and ultimately help beat cancer sooner. Join your local committee to meet new and likeminded people in your local area and create a positive impact in your community.

Donor Care Correspondent 

Our Donor Relations Team is looking for a volunteer to help build strong relationships with our donors and regular givers. Writing personalised letters and cards to donors shows them how much we appreciate their support and gives them an invaluable personal connection to our work. In an era where letter writing is becoming a lost art we know this small and simple act can have a big impact on someone’s perspective. If you are a wordsmith with an empathetic nature, and can give a couple of hours each week we would love to hear from you.  This role is based at our Fortitude Valley (Brisbane) office. 

Details are available on our Volunteer page or by phoning the Volunteer Hotline on 1300 851 957.  Please share these opportunities with your family and friends!