Bowel cancer claims the lives of 103 Australians every week (5,375 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.
Support Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - register your interest, fundraise and/or order an awareness pack.
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!
- 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 doing it 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.
- 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 the Proudly Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia logo and receive the appropriate charity/company/council approvals first).
- WORK IT: ask your HR department if they can put a posting about your fundraising on the company intranet or in the company newsletter. Investigate if your employer matches charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do). 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 high tea bake off - $150, Red Apple Day breakfast at work - $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 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 a Bowel Cancer Australia logo or the charity's name on any materials for your fundraiser, we have a proudly supporting Bowel Cancer Australia logo that we can email to charity approved fundraising organisers. Please don't use the standard charity logo or take a screen capture of the logo listed on the Bowel Cancer Australia, Red Apple Day, or Bowel Cancer Awareness Month websites.
Like to fundraise online but not sure how? It is actually a lot easier than you think!
Using the Everyday Hero 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.
Tips & 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);
- 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 posting about your fundraising on the company intranet or in the company newsletter;
- investigate if your employer matches charity donations (many large and/or community conscious organisations do);
- 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?
Everyday Hero FAQs and Help Centre
The friendly team at Everyday Hero 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 Everyday Hero Help Centre.
- 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.
- Download some free promotional resources, including an awareness ribbon fundraising poster.
- 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! Please complete the form below to order additional Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbons
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.
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.