Australians urged to ‘Band Together’ for National Bandanna Day

October 26, 2017

Canteen is calling on Australia to ‘Band Together’ for National Bandanna Day on Friday 27 October to help set a new Australian record and show their support for young people experiencing cancer, whether it’s their own or a close family member’s.

In Sydney’s Martin Place, supporters will ‘buy and tie’ their Canteen bandannas and help set a new record for Australia’s longest bandanna chain. Every bandanna sold and added to the chain will help provide vital counselling services, online support and the chance for young people aged 12-25 to connect with others who understand what dealing with cancer is like.

Schools, workplaces and communities from across the country are also getting involved and creating a virtual chain of support by sharing their #BandTogether photos on social media.

“This year our goal is to sell 260,000 bandannas to help fund Canteen’s life-changing services for young people trying to cope with a close family member’s cancer or their own,” said Canteen CEO Peter Orchard.

“Dealing with cancer often leaves young people feeling isolated and alone, which is why we’re urging Australians to Band Together in a united, public show of support this National Bandanna Day.

“The Canteen bandanna is a powerful symbol of hope, connection and resilience for young people affected by cancer, which we know gets stronger if we band together,” Mr Orchard said.

Every year, another 23,000 young people in Australia have their world turned upside down by cancer. They are also up to six times more likely to face mental health issues like depression and anxiety than their peers.

Canteen’s support reduces that risk. After just six months of support from Canteen, almost two thirds of young people affected by cancer report improvements in their mental health and overall wellbeing.

Visit to Band Together and show your support for young people affected by cancer.


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