Today is National Bandanna Day, Canteen’s iconic annual fundraiser encouraging Australians to stand up to cancer.
Now in its 28th year, Bandanna Day has raised over $35 million to support young people aged 12-25 impacted by cancer. Funds raised by Bandanna Day provide vital counselling, peer support programs and a 24/7 online service for young people impacted by cancer.
Canteen’s goal is to raise $1.6 million this Bandanna Day to ensure no young person has to face cancer alone.
Peter Orchard, CEO of Canteen said for 28 years, Australians have come together on Bandanna Day to show their support for young people impacted by cancer.
“Every single day more than 60 young people aged between 12 to 25 will face cancer in one way or another. This could be through their own diagnosis or that of a close family member” Peter said.
“Canteen provides young people with a supportive outlet that helps them explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with others going through a similar experience, as well as providing specialist, youth-specific treatment for young people dealing with their own diagnosis.”
“Today, right across Australia, people will be proudly wearing their bandannas, donating generously and some will even cut and colour their hair in support of young people impacted by cancer.”
Every donation made to Canteen on Friday 28th October will be doubled, thanks to Bandanna Day partners, Chatime, Hilti, and PMA Global.
There are twelve new bandanna designs available, featuring collaborations from Canteen Youth Ambassadors, First-Nations Artists and corporate sponsors. Bandannas can be purchased online at bandannaday.org.au and via resellers across Australia. Prices start at $5 for cotton bandannas.
Canteen’s free services support young people aged 12-25 who have been diagnosed with cancer themselves or have a family member with the disease. More information is available via canteen.org.au or by calling 1800 226 833.
For further information visit bandannaday.org.au