Childhood Cancer Support staff and teams of helpful volunteers work together to host a number of different events and activities throughout the year.

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Events we host

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

Each year around the 19th September, people around the nation loosen their ties, lose the school/work uniform and get ready to Talk Like a Pirate! Talk Like a Pirate Day is an opportunity to polish ye hook and say “AHOY there, me hearties” to all ye mateys, school crew and work mates. Pirate Day is also the official fundraising and awareness day of childhood cancer in Australia for Childhood Cancer Support.

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Community run events

We have a wonderful community of supporters that hold fundraising events in support of Childhood Cancer Support. If you are interested in hosting a community fundraising event we would love to hear from you!

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Postie Bike Safari 

Thursday 27th July to Friday 4th August 2023

Each year, a convoy of riders get together and ride their Postie bikes around regional Queensland, covering about 2,000 kms.

In 2022, the Postie Bike Safari riders set a big goal of $100,000 and are extremely proud to have raised over $160,000! In 2023, the 10th anniversary we are expecting 50 plus riders and 5 or 6 support vehicles. The ride will set off from Mackay on Thursday 27th July traveling to Chillagoe and returning to Mackay on Friday 4th August for the presentation dinner.

If you would like to join this fun-filled ride, or would like more information please contact Greg at gregbec@bigpond.com or phone 0407 635 383

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Ride for Love

Saturday 12th August 2023

Returning for its seventh year, Ride for Love will be hitting the streets on Saturday 12th August to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Support. Join us for a scenic ride from Nerang, followed by lunch at Jacobs Well Tavern. You can register your bike to ride solo, or a two-rider ticket is also available. Register by Sunday 6th August 23 to secure your spot.

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Mackay Charity Ride

Saturday 10th June 2023

Join the Mackay Childhood Cancer Support Charity Ride! Enter your car or bike and enjoy a 180km ride from Mackay Harley Davidson and finishing at the Eton Hotel. This event is not to be missed!

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Family support activities

Join our families mailing list to receive an invitation to our Family Support Activities. Childhood Cancer Support also provide family support services including family social workers, and regional support networks that you can get involved in. For more information please call 07 3844 5000.

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Coffee, Cake and Chat

Each week families are able to come together around our playground for a complimentary coffee, cake and chat with our Family Social Worker.  Our Coffee, Cake & Chat events allows families the opportunity to be in a warm and nurturing environment with other families alike and provide support to one another. It is also a time to forget about hospital appointments and enjoy the social aspects of being with other families.

It is a lovely environment where our children are playing in our outdoor playground whilst parents can chat and get to know each other. Many long-standing friendships have been forged at Childhood Cancer Support with our families around our social events.

We also invite guest speakers to talk with the families about issues relevant to their cancer journey.

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Monthly Family BBQ’s

On the last Friday of each month, Childhood Cancer Support offers a free BBQ for all families. It is an evening where the parents and children can unwind, eat a sumptuous steak cooked on the BBQ and sample delicious accompanying foods, plus enjoy one another’s company in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our BBQs are run by volunteers, who provide this service with much love and dedication to our oncology families.

School Holiday Program

School Holiday Program

Our Family Social Worker organises activities each school holiday period for the resident families and those families who have previously stayed with Childhood Cancer Support. These activities are for all family members and are different each holiday period. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking, in-house movie days, excursions, sports or competitions. Our Family Social Worker makes the activities inclusive for patients and their siblings and ensures that if a patient wants to attend but needs some support or assistance, that appropriate arrangements are made.

Additional services

We also offer the following supports for families:

  • Free groceries or cooked meals delivered each week from OzHarvest
  • On-site gym (new equipment recently arrived!)
  • Community room/space for family gatherings or play space for the kids
  • Complimentary transport to and from the hospital
  • An on-site outdoor playground
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