Volunteers are making a world of difference to cancer cause: Here’s how you can too!

Cancer Council Queensland column
May 19, 2019

Pledge to volunteer this National Volunteer Week and you too can Make a World of Difference. Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan explains.  

It’s National Volunteer Week this week (May 20-26) and this year’s theme, ‘Making a world of difference’, speaks volumes to the contribution’s volunteers make in our communities.

Without a doubt, Cancer Council Queensland would not be able to have the impact it does, without our incredible volunteers.

Cancer Council Queensland was, in fact, founded by volunteers in 1961, at a time when the number of new cancer cases was rapidly increasing, but little was known about how to treat the disease.

Cancer today, more than ever, is a community problem. Combined with improving cancer survival rates, more people are living every day with cancer.

We currently 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.

We simply could not do what we do without the spirit, determination, and enthusiasm of these volunteers. They are the heart of our work.

From supporting cancer patients to fundraising for major campaigns or offering admin support – every hour of volunteering brings us closer to a cancer free future.

If you have ever thought about volunteering, I encourage you to give it a go too.

Cancer Council Queensland have volunteer opportunities for all types of people and skill sets.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland and volunteer opportunities is available via cancerqld.org.au.


Four reasons to volunteer

Research shows that people who give their time for a cause they believe in often have a greater sense of purpose and lead happier lives. Whether you volunteer by fundraising or organising an event, such an as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – giving back can provide great fulfillment in life.

Volunteering builds strong relationships. If you want to strengthen friendships and meet new people, volunteering is a great place to start. It helps build ties in the community, broadens your support network and connects you with like-minded individuals.

Volunteering gives you an opportunity to learn new skills and develop the ones you have, all while making a difference. For example, those who volunteer as Daffodil Day Appeal Team Leader can gain sales, customer service and people management experience.

Without volunteers, many community organisations could not deliver the services and opportunities they currently do. You might not realise it, but just a few hours of your time can actually have a tangible impact on your community.

For more information, or interviews, media can contact:

Lisa Maynard, Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5171 or 0488 015 702
E: lisamaynard@cancerqld.org.au

For more information on volunteering with Cancer Council Queensland, members of the general public should call 1300 851 957 or email volunteer@cancerqld.org.au.