Frequently Asked Questions

Your I Will for Cancer fundraiser

Where does the money I raise go?

Money raised through I Will for Cancer will be used to fund vital research, educating the community about how they can cut their cancer risk and supporting Victorians affected by cancer. If you raise over $5,000 you will be able to direct the funds to a research award.

Can I have someone from the Cancer Council attend my event and make a speech?

If you would like someone to speak at your event we will do our best to be there. Contact us to discuss the options available.

How can I get businesses to support me?

After you register you will receive an 'Authority to Fundraise' letter, this will help when approaching businesses to show that the Cancer Council Victoria is supportive of your fundraising. You might want to draw up a proposal, clearly outlining what you would like from them and what they will get in return (i.e. their logo will be on your poster, you'll promote their business on the day or on your Facebook page, they can have flyers or business cards in goody bags etc.)

How can I get my event in the media?

In your welcome pack there will be a media release template. Use this as a guide and send it around to your local papers, radio stations or email some online event calendars or 'what's on' websites.

Head shave

Do I have to shave my hair off completely?

Absolutely not! You can cut, colour or shave. You can even wax your legs or shave that beard - it's up to you! Get started by setting up your fundraising page here.

Does Cancer Council Victoria accept hair donations?

We are unfortunately unable to accept human hair donations. While we do offer a synthetic Wig Service for people who are experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, and welcome fundraising by shaving or chopping your hair, we are not able to make real hair into wigs.

Can I donate my hair?

Yes, hair can be donated however; there are some restrictions around what hair can be used to make wigs. Make sure you speak to a Wig Maker before shaving or cutting your hair.   Or get in touch with our team and we’ll put you in contact with a professional Wig Maker.

Can I donate my hair even if it’s been dyed?

There are some restrictions around what hair can be used to make wigs. To find out if you can donate dyed hair, contact us and we can help you work out if you can donate those lovely locks.

Research Awards

What is a Research Award?

Research Awards are a chance to fund a specific type of cancer research. Your Research Award will help fund a Cancer Council research grant at a leading Victorian hospital, university, or research centre.

You can also name your Research Award in honour a loved one affected by cancer or after your I Will for Cancer fundraiser.

By funding a Research Award, you'll ensure that Victoria's brightest researchers can continue working towards finding breakthroughs in cancer prevention and treatment.

What types of cancer research projects can I help fund

  • Breast cancer – There are six research projects being undertaken across four Melbourne institutions that focus on the treatment and causes of breast cancer.
  • Leukaemia – There are three research projects that are focussing on leukaemia and its treatment and causes.
  • Leukaemia & Lymphoma – There are six projects focusing on the early detection, treatment and causes of leukaemia and lymphoma in people of all ages.
  • Research into the causes and early detection of epithelial cancers in adults.
  • Research into new treatments for lung cancer is one project beginning in 2018 at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.
  • One project at La Trobe University investigating bone cancer.
  • Mesothelioma – The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute is researching new treatments to treat mesothelioma.
  • Liver/Hepatocellular research
  • Low Survival Cancers

How can I fund a Research Award?

Raise $5,000 or more through your I Will for Cancer fundraiser and you’ll be invited to accept a Research Award.

The award can be in your name, your organisation’s name, or can be named in honour of someone you care about. You'll be acknowledged for your generosity in the Cancer Council Annual Review.

Can I fund a research Award even if I haven’t raised $5,000?

Unfortunately not. Research Awards contribute to the grants Cancer Council provides researchers to fund their projects for one to three years. Each year we fund between 12-18 projects at a cost of approximately $100,000 per year.

What happens after I fund a Research Award?

Once a project's been decided on you'll receive an overview of the research you're helping to fund. In recognition of your support you will receive naming rights for the award, acknowledgment through our Annual Review, and an update about your project if you wish.

What happens if I can’t find a research project that’s right for me?

While we fund lots of different projects across many cancer types, we can’t guarantee we'll have exactly what you're after. Research Grants are subject to availability.

Banking your funds

How do I keep records of my donations?

Keep records of donations on the Donation Record sheet included in your fundraising kit and available to download here.

How do I give donation receipts?

Anyone that wants a receipt needs to fill in their details on the Donation Record sheet, found in your fundraising kit and available to download here. After your fundraising event, return the Donation Record sheet to us via email or mail and we will send out tax receipts to each donor.

All online donations will automatically receive a receipt.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Yes, all donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

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