| Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - a Bowel Cancer Australia initiative raising awareness of Australia's second deadliest cancer and funds for the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,336 people a year) - but it's one of the most treatable types of cancer if found early.
While the risk of bowel cancer increases significantly with age, the disease doesn't discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old.
296 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer this week (15,352 people a year).
| A virtual bowel cancer awareness ribbon
A simple way to help show your support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day is to purchase a Virtual Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon.
- send a ribbon to someone you know;
- dedicate a ribbon in remembrance; or
- buy a ribbon to help raise awareness.
The virtual ribbon can also be sent as an eCard and/or pinned to our virtual apple tree.
Alternatively, you can add a virtual Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon to your Facebook profile picture and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
To activate the frame on your profile simply go to your Facebook page, click on your profile picture.
For mobile: click 'Add Frame', search for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and press save.
For desktop: click ‘edit’ and then ‘add frame’, search Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and press save.
There is also the option to make the frame 'temporary', which means you can set an end date for when the frame will display on your profile (e.g. 1-30 June 2020).
| Red Apple Day
A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday, 17 June 2020), Bowel Cancer Australia's Annual Giving Day, when Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of the charity.
If you've ever thought about raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer, then Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is the time to do it!
This Red Apple Day, host an apple themed virtual brunch, morning or afternoon tea, dinner or evening catch-up.
Create your Bowel Cancer Awareness Month or Red Apple Day online fundraising page as an individual or a team now using Everydayhero or Go Fundraise.
Apple logo and charity colours
Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo is symbolic of the charity's bowel cancer message: bowel cancer is treatable and beatable if detected early.
The outline of Bowel Cancer Australia's apple logo appears as an abstract of a human bowel. The small hole in the apple is caused by a worm. If detected early and removed, the worm is unable to continue affecting the apple or the health of the tree.
It's the same with people. If bowel cancer is detected early it can be successfully treated, which means patients and their families can continue to enjoy a healthy life.
Both red and green apples are also a nutritious source of dietary fibre.
| Planning your fundraiser
If you’ve ever thought about raising funds and awareness for bowel cancer, then Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to do it.
Organising a fundraising event is easy and rewarding, limited only by your imagination. It is also lots of fun.
From morning teas; brunches; celebrations and trivia/bingo nights; to craft/creative endeavours; gold coin donations; and personal challenges . . . the options are endless!
If you’re looking for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month fundraising ideas, hosting a crunch-tastic apple themed fundraiser or Red Apple Day event is a great place to start.
Already have a fundraising activity in mind?
We'll be able to determine what support documentation you may need for your activity, approve your bowel cancer fundraiser, and provide you with a Sanction to Fundraise letter. Then you're good to go!
Below are some useful tips, tricks and handy hints, to help you get the most out of your fundraising:
- ENJOY: select an activity or event-type that you enjoy doing (it could be based around an existing hobby or interest).
- HAVE FUN: big or small it is up to you, every little bit helps. The main thing is to have fun and support a cause close to your heart.
- SHARE: personal stories are the most powerful of all, so be sure to share your reasons for supporting bowel cancer awareness and Bowel Cancer Australia with your donors and sponsors.
- LET EVERYONE KNOW: spread the word among family and friends whether that be face-to-face, via email, online or over the phone, chat to your work colleagues, get something included in your club/group newsletter, and “shout it from the rooftops”!
- BE SOCIAL: post your fundraiser details on your social media pages. You may even like to create a special Facebook event and invite your friends. We even have a Facebook frame you can add to your profile picture to help promote your event.
- CREATE: make a poster or flyer about your fundraising and distribute them around your workplace or local community (be sure to request a copy of our Proudly Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia logo and obtain the appropriate charity/company/council approvals first).
- WORK IT: ask your HR department if they can put a post about your fundraising on the company's intranet or newsletter. Investigate if your employer matches charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do this). Hold a fundraiser at your workplace.
- START LOCAL: your local community will usually be the ones to support you most. Start with local shops and businesses when it comes to asking for donations and support for prizes, auctions, raffles and promotion.
- PROMOTE: refer to your copy of Bowel Cancer Australia's Fundraising Kit, including tips for promoting your event online (for free) and getting a story in your local newspaper.
- KNOW THE FACTS: brush up on the key bowel cancer facts to share, including the fact it affects “men and women, young and old”, “is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer” and “three times more people die from bowel cancer than on our nation’s roads”, as well as the symptoms to look out for.
- AIM BIG: Everyone has different amounts of time, resources, experience and funds, but there are ways to make the most of what you have. Get off on the right foot with a launch activity or event. Add an auction or raffle to your event to boost funds raised. Up the ante with your promotion and follow ups when you’re close to reaching your target or a key milestone.
- BREAK IT DOWN: if you have a larger overall target - break your fundraising down into achievable bite-sized chunks (for example: sponsorship from friends and family - $450, apple themed craft auction - $150, Red Apple Day virtual brunch with colleagues - $200, company match giving - $200. $1000 reached!).
- FOLLOW UP: Keep those reminders coming, follow people up and provide regular updates on how your fundraising is going.
- GIVE THANKS: Be sure to thank all your donors and sponsors, tell them why their support is so important and how their donation will help.
Downloadable resources, merchandise and awareness materials
Bowel cancer awareness resources come in a variety of sizes, including downloadable posters and flyers that you can display and/or hand out during your fundraising.
Bowel Cancer Australia also has a number of merchandise items available which you may be interested in purchasing for your fundraising, including running singlets, T-shirts, water bottles and our popular red and white striped Bum Shorts. Visit our online shop for further details.
Please note: Materials and merchandise can take up to two weeks to arrive in the post, so to avoid disappointment, please place your order with us ASAP.
Proudly supporting Bowel Cancer Australia logo
If you wish to include / display Bowel Cancer Australia's logo or the charity's name on any materials relating to your fundraiser, we can email organisers our 'proudly supporting Bowel Cancer Australia' logo once your fundraiser has been approved. Please don't use the standard charity logo or take a screen capture of the logo listed on the Bowel Cancer Australia website.
| Getting started with online fundraising
Like to fundraise online but not sure how? It is actually a lot easier than you think!
Using the Everydayhero website you can create your own individual or team Bowel Cancer Awareness Month fundraising webpage in just minutes and invite everyone you know to make an online donation to Bowel Cancer Australia in support of your Bowel Cancer Awareness Month fundraiser.
Simply create a profile, set your target, add a picture and blurb about why supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in so important to you, and you’re good to go!
Each fundraising page has its own unique website link, which you can include in your promotional posters/flyers, send via email or put on your social networking sites to invite your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, co-workers, acquaintances and anyone else you can think of to donate.
Every online donation is recorded on your fundraising page along with any special messages from your friends and family.
Receipts are also issued to the donor automatically, so that means no 'handling money' for you, and no time spent by us issuing receipts or paying for postage. Sound good?
Tips and tricks for online fundraisers
- personalise your online fundraising page and update it regularly;
- email everyone in your contact list asking for their support;
- send a follow up email or two;
- post your fundraising web-link on your social media pages (you may even like to create a special Facebook event and invite your friends. We even have a Facebook frame you can add to your profile picture to help promote your event.);
- make a poster about your fundraising and putting it up around your workplace or local community (be sure to request a copy of the Proudly Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia logo and receive the appropriate charity/company/council approvals first);
- ask your HR department if they can put a post about your fundraising on the company's intranet or newsletter;
- ask your employer if they are willing to match charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do this);
- if you have a larger overall target - break your fundraising down into achievable bite-sized chunks. For example: sponsorship from friends and family - $450, apple themed high tea bake off - $150, Red Apple Day breakfast at work - $200, Company Match Giving - $200. $1000 reached!;
- ask for a copy of Bowel Cancer Australia's Fundraising Kit, including tips for promoting your event online (for free) and getting a story in your local newspaper;
- and last but not least - be sure to thank all your donors/sponsors, tell them why their support is so important and how their donation will help.
Having trouble finding your online fundraising page?
Go Fundraise FAQs and Help Centre
The friendly team at Go Fundraise have put together some simple FAQs and a step-by-step guide for creating an online fundraising page and are available to answer any technical question you may be have at Contact Go Fundraise Help Centre.
| Create a Facebook fundraiser
It's easy to create a fundraiser through Facebook, share it with friends and reach your goal.
Simply click on the link below, press the ’Select Nonprofit’ button, search for Bowel Cancer Australia and then follow the prompts. Please Note: Bowel Cancer Australia doesn’t receive a notification every time someone creates a Facebook fundraiser. We love to thank our passionate supporters and share their stories. So that we may promote and share your fundraiser, please send us an email or message us on Facebook @BowelCancerAustralia to let us know about your much appreciated Facebook Fundraising efforts. Still not sure where to start? Ask us how you can digitise your fundraiser.
| Free downloadable resources
- social media headers and profile pictures, key facts and donation images to share on your Facebook, Instagram, Stories and online fundraising page;
- awareness posters, brochures and flyers to share via web or email, or to pop up on your front fence, window or car.
| Sell awareness ribbons
A simple way to help show your support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and Red Apple Day is to wear a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon. Even better, grab yourself a pack of Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons and sell them for $2 each to all your family, friends and work colleagues.
To become a fundraising 'Apple Ribbon Seller' this Bowel Cancer Awareness Month / Red Apple Day please complete the fundraising proposal below and purchase Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons from Bowel Cancer Australia's online shop.
We will then issue you with an Authority to Sell Merchandise letter and post out a package of ribbons to you (along with a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon Display Box).
Please note: Materials can take up to two weeks to arrive in the post, so to avoid disappointment, please place your order with us ASAP.
You can also donate to Bowel Cancer Australia anytime throughout year.
Already received your ribbons and ready to start selling?
Here are a few tips to help you maximise your fundraising:
- Spread the word among family and friends whether that be face-to-face, via email, online or over the phone, chat to your work colleagues, get something included in your club/group newsletter, and “shout it from the rooftops”! Let everyone you know that you are selling Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons to raised funds and awareness for bowel cancer.
- If you’re selling pins at work or school be sure to place them somewhere they will be seen, like it your foyer, lunchroom or any other high traffic area.
- Order a free awareness pack and create a nice display to go with your apple pins, attract attention and raise awareness.
- If you’re planning to set-up your Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon display box in a fixed location at your club, work, school, church or community centre, be sure to use a secure container to collect the money and empty it regularly.
- Wear your Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon. Sometimes seeing someone else wearing an Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons is all the motivation needed to buy one too. If someone asks what that little red apple is on your lapel, be sure to say it is to raise funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
- Keep a copy of this sponsors and supporters sheet handy, should anyone wish to make an extra donation on top of their $2 apple pin and would like to request a receipt.
- Be sure to thank all those that purchase a ribbon, tell them why their support is so important and how their Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons purchase will help.
Already sold all your Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons and would like to order some more?
Great job! Simply visit our online shop to purchase additional Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons.
| Banking your fundraising dollars
Thank you very much for your fabulous fundraising efforts, raising much needed funds and awareness for bowel cancer and Bowel Cancer Australia.
If you have completed your fundraiser and are ready to bank the funds raised please follow the steps below.
For offline fundraisers
Refer to your Sanction to Fundraise letter for further details on banking your donations or to bank your funds now visit our Make a Donation webpage.
When banking funds by direct deposit, please ensure your Sanction to Fundraise number or name is in the transaction reference so we can identify your deposit.
Keep a copy of this sponsors and supporters sheet handy, and send it through to us when you bank your funds, should anyone wish to request a receipt for their donation.
For online fundraisers
Already set up an online fundraising page? To bank any offline funds you’ve raised as part of your online fundraising efforts (e.g. cash donations collected or funds raised through an event/activity), simply process the donations through your personal page by clicking on the “Give Now” button.
And don’t forget, if you are adding a donation from someone else and would like the receipt to be issued in their name (not yours) be sure to enter that person’s name in the “Donor Name” and “Donor Details” section.