Volunteers who give a little, change a lot

Volunteers play a pivotal role in creating a cancer free future.

This National Volunteer Week (May 21 – 27) Cancer Council Queensland is honouring thousands of volunteers who give their time to make a difference.

The theme for National Volunteer Week is ‘Give a little, change a lot’ – representing the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan thanked each and every person who volunteered for the charity annually.

“At Cancer Council Queensland we have around 1300 registered volunteers who work across all areas of the business, and more than 30,000 volunteers who lend a hand occasionally at events or fundraising campaigns throughout the year,” Ms McMillan said.

“This week is a special opportunity to honour those that give their time, energy and enthusiasm to ensure Queenslanders affected by cancer have hope and support.

“Whether it’s fundraising for cancer research, volunteering to support patients in person or via the phone, assisting with admin duties, or driving people to treatment – every donated hour reduces the burden of cancer on families across the state.

“Our volunteers are the heart of our work and inspire us every day to continue on our mission to reach a cancer free future.”

Ms McMillan said Cancer Council Queensland, like many not-for-profits, could not exist without a strong volunteer base.

“When people volunteer their time to assist our work we can redirect funds into areas that matter most like research, prevention programs and support services,” Ms McMillan said.

“We simply could not do what we do without the spirit and passion of our volunteers.

“Cancer today, more than ever, is a community problem. Every year around 27,000 Queenslanders hear the news that they have cancer and need to know that we’re working to give them the best prospect of treating and surviving a diagnosis.”

Cancer Council Queensland is the state’s leading not-for-profit organisation working in cancer control.

To find out more about Cancer Council Queensland, or volunteering, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or phone 1300 851 957.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Laura McKoy,
Media Manager,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5345
Mobile: 0409 001 171