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Meeting every young person’s unique cancer needs


Did you know 23,000 young people have to face the challenge of cancer every year – whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of their parent, brother or sister. That’s around 63 young people every day. More than half of young people affected by cancer experience high levels of psychological distress. Around half of the cancer types that affect young people still have 5-year survival rates below 77%.

Contact us: T:1800 226 833 2 – CanTeen Australia

CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down.

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At CanTeen, we believe that no young person should have to face cancer alone.

About Us CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down and helps them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of living with cancer.

We do this through hospital and community based specialist services that offer medical care, information and psychosocial support face to face, by telephone and online.

We’re here for 12-24 year olds at every stage of their cancer journey, whether they’re dealing with:

Our peer support programs are renowned for their powerful impact on the young people who attend and share their cancer stories, support each other and have fun.

• having cancer themselves • a parent, brother or sister being diagnosed with cancer • the death of a parent, brother or sister We understand that cancer affects everything, but that it also affects everyone differently. That’s why CanTeen’s expert staff offer individually tailored support to help every young person deal with the impact that cancer is having on their life.

The CanTeen Research and Evaluation team provides direction on what works and monitors our programs and services so that we continually strive to do better at meeting the needs of those young people affected by the dramatic impact of a cancer diagnosis. We get how tough it is to face cancer, because we were set up by young cancer patients in 1985 and still have young people affected by cancer guiding CanTeen at every level.

For more information or to get support, visit, call us on 1800 226 833 or email 4 – CanTeen Australia

Contents Message from the CEO and the President���������������������������� 6 Youth Cancer Services������������������ 10 Peer Support ���������������������������������� 12 CanTeen Counselling Services �� 14 Introducing individual support�� 16 Developing an innovative online mental health platform���������������� 17 Research and Evaluation �������������18 Leadership�������������������������������������� 20 Information ������������������������������������ 22 The road ahead������������������������������ 24 Financial Summary ���������������������� 26 Thank you to our supporters ������ 28

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Message from the CEO CanTeen has been proudly supporting young people living with cancer for 28 years. From the earliest days which saw 6 young patients brought together by health professionals to support each other through their cancer experience to now being the largest and only Australian organisation to support all young people living with the impact of cancer, whether they be patients, former patients, siblings, offspring or bereaved. Whilst peer support will always be central to CanTeen, we are now providing a range of specialist services as well. The Youth Cancer Services, funded by CanTeen as well as Federal, State and Territory health departments, aim to treat and support every young person diagnosed with cancer throughout Australia. Doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers make up multidisciplinary teams across 17 hospitals. We are also developing a plan to improve monitoring of health outcomes for all young patients and a national research agenda in order to meet the special and complex needs for this age group.

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Our Divisions are now offering more tailored support to young people living with cancer who come into contact with CanTeen. Every young person will have their unique needs carefully assessed by a social worker who will then develop a support plan with them and make sure they get the right assistance to deal with the many challenges of cancer. This might include utilising the recently expanded CanTeen Counselling Service or attending a CanTeen program. Online we are establishing a highly engaging support platform off the back of our Now What website, which will enable young people living with cancer to access counselling and other support 7 days a week regardless of where they live in Australia. They will also be able to engage with other young people dealing with similar struggles through online group programs, forums and blogs. The platform will be launched in early 2014. CanTeen understands that cancer affects everything which is why we have evolved to provide so much more to help young people deal with the challenges. Our young people insist on this and as a staff we are totally committed to making sure we are the very best we can be at providing the right mix of support, fun and hope.

Peter Orchard, CEO

Message from the President For me, CanTeen is this unique and inspiring place where young people from different walks of life come together through a common experience of cancer, be it their own, their sibling’s or their parent’s diagnosis or bereavement. I have been a Member of CanTeen for 9 years and the organisation has impacted my whole life. As National President, I have the opportunity to help shape what the future of CanTeen looks like and bring a young person’s perspective to the Board of Directors. Having young people providing advice at all levels of CanTeen helps to ensure that the organisation is constantly evolving to better support young people living with cancer. It’s been a fantastic year at CanTeen and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved in so many areas. Personally, I was particularly pleased to see the CanTeen Counselling Service expand in 2013. The additional funding CanTeen secured this year means we’ll be able to help more young people face the challenge of cancer by offering more counselling sessions in more locations (see page 14 for more details). Young people get such incredible benefits from being able to access a counselling service that genuinely understands cancer and young people and was established solely

for that purpose. I was 15 years old when my Mum died of lung cancer and CanTeen didn’t have an established counselling service back then. When the pilot program started in 2010, it provided me, and many other young people living with cancer an opportunity to express feelings and to understand how a cancer diagnosis (or in my case, death) in the family affects your whole life. With the support of the counselling service and the rest of CanTeen, I have been able to achieve so much, including my current position as National President. Looking ahead, I’m also excited about the launch of our online mental health platform next year as I think it’ll be such an important way to help young people now and into the future. It’ll bring the best parts of CanTeen - peer support and professional support – together in one online space which will be fantastic! Ali Duncan, National President

“It’s been a fantastic year at CanTeen and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved”

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Our achievements in 2012/13 specialist Youth Cancer Services operating across Australia providing treatment for young cancer patients.


books sent out providing practical, helpful advice specific to young people dealing with cancer.

124,000 visits to our online support service Now What.


counselling sessions conducted with young people facing cancer.


young people given a much needed break from cancer on a CanTeen program.


Laura Age 20 MY STORY On my younger brother Matthew’s 13th birthday, my sister Kailee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer, oteosarcoma, in her right leg.

her realising that there was so much she would never experience. On the 28th of December 2009, she passed away. It was devastating.

Her hair started falling out. She became increasingly frail. It was so devastating to have to watch it.

If it wasn’t for the support that CanTeen provided us, I am not sure how we would have made it through. I am forever grateful to this organisation. Even though CanTeen is associated with something as terrible as cancer, I have had some of the most amazing experiences because of them.

It was on my 15th birthday that we were told she was terminal and that it was only a matter of months. Kailee was only 10. Matthew and I went on a CanTeen summer camp, not sure what to expect and as nervous as ever. We did workshops about how to deal with what was going on, like stress management and useful skills at home. I had the best time. After arriving home we had our last Christmas with Kailee. It was hard to put on a happy face for

CanTeen has helped me become a more confident person, able to face any challenge that comes my way. I’m now a Vice President of the Queensland Division Committee and in my second year of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at QUT. I can honestly say that without CanTeen, I’m not sure where I would be.

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Youth Cancer Services


Around half of the cancer types that affect young people still have 5-year survival rates below 77%. Young Australians face exceptionally difficult cancer journeys. The cancers they experience include some with the lowest survival rates and the fact that treatment is delivered across children’s and adult hospitals often means that they do not have access to the most appropriate treatment. All this comes at what is already an incredibly challenging time in life, the major transition from childhood to adulthood. The Youth Cancer Services (YCS), funded by CanTeen as well as Federal, State and Territory health departments, are the only place in Australia providing specialist treatment and support for young people diagnosed with cancer. By 2012, five YCS were operating in major hospitals across the country with multidisciplinary teams of medical, nursing and psychosocial specialists directly helping almost 225 young cancer patients per year. Between 2009 and 2012, almost 900 patients were treated directly by the Services with another 1,800 patients supported in other hospitals by YCS staff.

In May 2013, then Federal Minister for Health, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek opened the new You Can Centre at Western Australia’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre, providing dedicated state-of-the-art facilities for young cancer patients. At the launch, the Minister announced an additional $18.2 million in Federal Government funding to expand the YCS over the next four years. Later that month, the Minister for Indigenous Health opened a newly refurbished room for young cancer patients at Royal Darwin Hospital. Further investment will improve access to specialist services to ensure that all young people diagnosed with cancer get appropriate treatment and support. In addition, it will provide opportunities for continued professional development within the national network of YCS staff and funding for strategic research and national data collection.

Key Achievement: Federal Government funding secured until 2017 for enhancing five Youth Cancer Services and developing other national initiatives to give young people diagnosed with cancer the best possible chance of survival and quality of life. 10 – CanTeen Australia


I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in February 2013 and underwent 4 cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy with my treatment finishing at the end of July 2013. I was very blessed to receive the support of a specialist clinician team through the Youth Cancer Services made up of 2 amazing members of staff; an oncology clinical nurse consultant and radiation oncologist.

Heather Age 23

I met the team at my first appointment with my haemotologist and was immediately given a wealth of information including specific young adult support services, fertility programs and financial aid services. At least one person from the team would make the point of visiting me when I was in for chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment to ensure I was travelling ok (and to help the treatment time pass quicker!) I could call them during office hours with any questions I might have and they were there to answer my questions throughout the duration of my treatment and now into recovery. They helped me to navigate through what can be a crazy and confusing system of the medical world. I want to see all young people with cancer have the same incredible level of support I had to make my journey so much smoother. I may not have encountered another young person with cancer during my treatment, but the YCS support team was definitely the next best thing! Annual Report 2013– 11

Peer Support


A lack of support and understanding from friends is one of the biggest challenges faced by young people living with cancer. Sometimes the best person to speak to about dealing with cancer (the good, the bad and the ugly) is someone who’s done it themselves. Through CanTeen, young people facing cancer can meet and support each other, share their experiences and have some fun.

In 2012/13, CanTeen held 217 programs across Australia ranging from week-long camps to a half-day break. More than 1,300 young people attended and thanks to the generosity of CanTeen donors and corporate supporters, the events were all completely free of charge.

CanTeen has a long and proud tradition of peer support and our programs are a chance for young people to make new friends, develop new skills and get a much needed break from the daily stresses and strains of living with cancer.

Key Achievement: More than 1,300 young people got a much needed break from cancer by attending a CanTeen program this year.

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The hardest thing about getting cancer was losing my left eye. At first, I felt very different to everyone else, I thought that people were staring at me. Dying scared me the most - I used to think “Am I going to make it through my next round of chemotherapy?” I joined CanTeen soon after I was diagnosed and it is amazing to be around people my own age who understand what I am going through and who can comfort me if I’m feeling down and in need of advice.

Mary Jo Age 14

It wasn’t until I joined CanTeen that I became more confident. It gave me the courage to volunteer and be a leader at school which I wouldn’t have done before. Without the support of my friends there I wouldn’t be as outgoing as I am, I wouldn’t be as happy. Just as I finished treatment we thought that life would get back to normal, then my brother James was diagnosed with the same type of cancer as me and everything changed again. Life’s a lot different now that we both have been diagnosed. I’m thankful for everything that we still have. I feel lucky because I have lots of support at home, at school and from my friends at CanTeen. With everyone’s help, I’ve got to the stage where I don’t care what other people think anymore. Just being able to be me and do what I want to do excites me.

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CanTeen Counselling Services


More than half of young people affected by cancer experience high levels of psychological distress compared to 9% of young people in Australia overall. Young people living with cancer are at much higher risk of mental health issues than their peers. That’s because a cancer diagnosis turns a young person’s life upside down which can leave them feeling vulnerable, frightened, confused and alone. CanTeen Counselling Services provide essential support to those who need it most. It gives young people the chance to discuss their thoughts and feelings with specially trained counsellors who conduct free and confidential sessions face to face, over the phone or online.

Thanks to funding from nib foundation and CanTeen’s generous donors, we were able to start a pilot program in 2010 to help young people who have a parent with cancer or whose parent had died of cancer. Since then, we’ve provided more than 2,000 counselling sessions and young people who have used our service tell us they’re less sad and anxious, feel more hopeful and that they’re better equipped to deal with their situation. In 2013, CanTeen secured additional funding from nib foundation to expand the Counselling Services to support all young people living with cancer and establish a new face-toface counselling service in Western Australia. The grant will enable CanTeen to offer 6,000 counselling sessions by the end of 2015.

Key Achievement: Expansion of the CanTeen Counselling Services to support all young people living with cancer.

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After my Dad died from cancer earlier this year, I initially approached the CanTeen Counselling Services for help with a uni assignment and it was only down the track that I realised I needed help to come to terms with my own grief. I desperately needed CanTeen without really knowing it. Before I started counselling, I was feeling really alone. Even though I’m only 21, I feel really mature because of what I’ve had to deal with and that has huge social implications. I find it really hard to talk to people my own age – their life and their thoughts and feelings are just so different to mine.

Christina Age 21

I had been seeing counsellors at university, but my CanTeen counsellor Liz understood the challenges I was facing much better. I think that’s because CanTeen as a whole is dedicated to supporting young people living with cancer so they just get it. Counselling has given me a different outlook on things. Liz and I have worked on developing coping skills and just being able to talk to someone really helps. A lot of the time, people don’t really listen when you’re talking and it makes a huge difference when you find someone who does. I don’t know where I’d be without the Counselling Services. My advice to other young people who might be unsure about counselling is this – never feel embarrassed and give it a go. You’d be surprised by the amount of stuff in your head. Annual Report 2013– 15

Introducing individual support


Young people living with cancer who have unmet needs related to their cancer experience are more likely to experience psychological distress. We understand that cancer affects everything, and that it also affects everyone differently. That’s why, in 2013, we introduced an individual support model to help every young person deal with the impact that cancer is having on their life. Young people are now given the opportunity to identify their specific needs in relation to their cancer experience through our expert staff meeting with every young person individually to help them work out what type of support they need and which CanTeen services will be of most help. Young people are empowered to set their own goals to help them gain a sense of control over what they are going through.

Staff members then work with the young people to assist them in achieving their goals as well as re-assessing their needs at regular time-points. This approach ensures that CanTeen staff fully understand the complex needs of each young person and thus are able to very effectively provide targeted support to young people in line with their individual cancer journeys.

Key Achievement: Every young person at CanTeen will now work with a CanTeen staff member to create an individual plan based on their specific needs and goals.

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Developing an innovative online mental health platform A new online support service for young people living with cancer is currently under development and will be launched in 2014. It will enable young people living with cancer to access counselling and other support 7 days a week and over extended hours on week days and nights, regardless of where they live in Australia. The platform will include: • an online community where young people can connect with each other, share experiences, join forums and blogs, and generally support one another • a professional counselling service that will include individual and group counselling – online, by email, and over the telephone • information about cancer – the new platform will take over from the award winning website,, with the most up-to-date and age-appropriate information available about cancer and its impacts on young people’s health and wellbeing

CanTeen’s vision is that the new online platform will ultimately provide the primary site where all young people living with cancer can find information, connect with others going through a similar experience, express their feelings, utilise tools to support them, and access professional psychosocial support services that meet their individual needs and positively impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

FACT : In 2012/13, there were 124,000 visits to our online support service Now What.

Key Achievement: Securing funding from the Federal Government to build on the success of Now What and develop an innovative online mental health platform.

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Research and Evaluation


Young people who have a parent with cancer are six times more likely to be at risk of mental health issues than their peers. CanTeen is committed to undertaking high quality research and evaluation that enhances our knowledge, understanding and insight into the needs of young people living with cancer and the most effective ways of supporting them. Research led by CanTeen identified that young people impacted by parental cancer struggle to express and cope with feelings of guilt, anger, sadness and anxiety and need access to professional counselling services.

TRUCE PROGRAM CanTeen’s research team, in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne, developed a face-toface group support program called Truce for 14–22 year-olds who have a parent with cancer.

The Truce program ran for the first time in Newcastle from November-December 2012 and a further three groups were run in early 2013 in Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle. CanTeen will continue to run Truce groups in 2013/14 whilst conducting our formal evaluation of the program. The evaluation of Truce is supported by a Rotary Mental Health Research Grant.

Key Achievement: Establishing a new face-to-face support program called Truce, which teaches young people impacted by parental cancer to deal with difficult feelings and live life more fully.

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“It was so good to talk about how I’m feeling and get advice about it from nice and caring workers. It was good to see others in the exact situation I am going through. Thank you so much for having this!”

Lachlan Age 14 GROWING UP WITH CANCER Another research project CanTeen has been involved in is Growing Up With Cancer, which saw young cancer patients and survivors create self-portraits representing their cancer experience. A bold undertaking, the project

enabled young people to creatively express and communicate the issues they faced as they dealt with cancer during the pivotal period of transition from childhood to adulthood.

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Young people living with cancer make up the majority of the CanTeen board. CanTeen is passionate about empowerment and is proud to have young people living with cancer actively involved at all levels of the organisation providing direction, feedback and advice.

Board of Directors Five Member Directors are joined by four volunteer Associate Directors

Member Advisory Council Each Division elects one Member to sit on the MAC and advise the Board

Divisional Committees Members hold the great majority of positions on each Divisional Committee

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Our annual National Leadership Program is a comprehensive and intensive youth development program aimed at enhancing young people’s leadership skills. This program provided the opportunity for Members to learn about the strategic direction of CanTeen, gain an understanding of their role as a leader, and to develop and practice skills relevant to their leadership role. At the end of the program, 92% of Members agreed or strongly agreed that they were confident in their ability to fulfil their role as a Leader at CanTeen.

Key Achievement: Empowering 88 young people to take an active leadership role within CanTeen and develop valuable skills for their future.

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Lachlan Age 23

My mum was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2000, when I was just ten years old. While treatment was successful and saw her enter remission, she would unfortunately relapse and ultimately pass away from the cancer in April 2003, shortly after I had started high school. Cancer would re-enter my life eighteen months later when I found a large lump in my groin and was diagnosed with a paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma. I underwent ten months of treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The almost standard-issue hair loss, body issues and perceived isolation became part of every day. I entered remission in October 2005 and joined CanTeen to gain a sense of understanding and belonging from others in my situation. Straight away I felt a connection with everyone and instantly caught the famously infectious ‘Vibe’, and wondered at the awe that is CanTeen. My introduction to leadership at CanTeen was being awarded the National Shooting Star Award at National Camp 2007 and shortly afterwards I was approached to become a Member Leader to support New Members attending their first Program and to facilitate team discussions. After a couple years of doing this, I decided to use my experiences and challenge myself to join the Victorian Division Committee in 2009.

I was elected to the role of Vice President for my first year on the Division Committee and straight away got a crash course in Member representation and Governance. The following year I put these skills to further use after being elected Division President. In 2011 I was elected to the national Member Advisory Council (MAC). I began to see how each piece of the gigantic CanTeen puzzle fits together and learnt a lot about while also developing new skills that would help my budding professional life of a Radiographer outside of CanTeen. When I joined CanTeen’s Board of Directors in 2012, it was a far cry from the dark days of uncertainty and hollowness that were part of my early cancer journey. Despite all the challenges that young people living with cancer face, we are all capable of achieving great things. A core focus for CanTeen has always been to empower young people like myself to take back control of our lives, whether it’s readjusting to a ‘new normal’, leading a group of young people, finding new skills or sitting on a Board of Directors. Ultimately every Member at every level of CanTeen is simultaneously accountable and dependent on every other Member, whether it be making the cancer journey easier, or reminding one of how far they have travelled as a result of turning a traumatic experience into a life-enhancing journey. Without this, CanTeen would simply not be CanTeen.

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Access to information is one of the highest unmet needs for young people living with cancer. CanTeen has developed a wide range of easy to read, helpful information resources specific to young people affected by cancer. We now have a suite of more than ten resources that provide information and support to young people to help them on their cancer journey. Our resources are available online and in hard copy.

In 2013 we launched a new series of booklets aimed at friends in response to CanTeen’s research which revealed that a lack of support and understanding from friends often left young people living with cancer feeling isolated and alone. The ‘Wait… did you say cancer?’ series provides information and practical advice for friends who often want to help, but are not sure what to do.

Key Achievement: 12,000 books sent out providing practical, helpful advice specific to young people dealing with cancer.

A guide to supporting your friend when someone in their family has died

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A guide to supporting your friend when they have cancer

A guide to supporting your friend when someone in their family has cancer

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Losing a connection with friends is one of the most difficult challenges for young people living with cancer.

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The road ahead 2013/14 will see CanTeen put into action more major developments that will support young people living with cancer throughout Australia. The next phase of the Youth Cancer Services will be critical in setting the long term foundations for high quality treatment and support of young cancer patients. The vision is to reach every young Australian diagnosed with cancer and ensure their access to evidence based, multidisciplinary care from a team of specialist doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and others. In addition we will set in train important work on establishing and funding a national research agenda to improve health outcomes for our young Australian patients and the measurement of this through the establishment of a national data collection program. The staff in the Youth Cancer Services will be provided with the most current evidence through our national professional development programs, including an Australasian Youth Cancer conference which we will convene here in Australia in 2015. In the Divisions, where our teams support young people in the community throughout Australia, our face-to-face counselling service will continue to grow to reach even more young people. With the generous continued support

of nib foundation, what started out as a pilot project to support young people who have a parent with cancer, has now grown to include any young person living with cancer, whether they have cancer themselves or have a family member who has cancer or has died from cancer. Through structured individual assessment and support planning, our Divisional teams will continue to learn more and more about the needs and preferences of the young people we are here for. This continuous learning will help us to shape and tailor future support for individuals and group programs. Finally, with the launch of our new online support service, CanTeen will be able to reach more young people than ever before. This service will become the front door to treatment and support for all young people living with cancer throughout Australia. No matter where a young person in need of information or support lives, CanTeen will be able to connect them to a supportive peer community and offer vital professional counselling services, as well as access to the specialist Youth Cancer Services.

In brief, we plan to do much more for many more young people and so we are investing heavily in fundraising at the same time as we are growing the breadth and depth of the support that we are delivering.

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We want to achieve even more in 2013/14 because a growing number of young people are now turning to us for help.

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Financial Summary CanTeen relies on the generosity of the Australian community to provide specialist hospital care, counselling and individual assistance as well as information and peer support programs for 12-24 year olds affected by cancer. Thanks to the fantastic support we received from individual donors, corporate partners, trusts and foundations as well as Federal and State Governments this year, our income grew by $4.5m to deliver a total income of $24.2m in 2012/13. The majority of income growth over the twelve months can be attributed to our regular giving program, which grew by $2.5m, and bequest income which increased by $1.8m. National Bandanna Day continues to be a significant event for CanTeen with $2.3m raised this year. Federal Government funding for the Youth Cancer Services contributed $3.5m during the year with this amount set to grow in future years with the announcement of a further $18.2m of funding over the next four years. nib foundation also continues to be a great supporter of CanTeen, providing a further 2.5 years of funding for our Counselling Services. That growth in income enabled us to direct more funds than ever before towards delivering services to support young people living with cancer. During 2012/13, CanTeen has:

Looking ahead, we want to achieve even more because a growing number of young people are now turning to us for help. In fact, every year another 23,000 young people have to face the challenge of cancer and CanTeen is committed to ensuring they don’t have to do it alone. In order to provide more young people with the professional help they so genuinely need, we in turn need to raise more funds. Donations from individual supporters form 69% of CanTeen’s income, which makes investment in the ongoing development and retention of our donor support base a vital part of ensuring our services for young people living with cancer are sustainable long term. The investment we’re making in our fundraising is working. For every $1 we spend on our regular giving program, we get more than $3 back over three years and over the last five years, CanTeen’s income has more than doubled. As a result, we’ve been able to enhance and expand existing programs as well as launch new services to help young people deal with the impact that cancer is having on their life. Income Chart 24.2

• conducted 1,645 counselling sessions • funded and supported 5 specialist Youth Cancer Services


• provided 1,351 young people with highly valued peer support programs • sent out 12,000 free books


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• had 124,000 visits to our online support service

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Income Summary

National Bandanna Day Individual Supporters

9% 69%

Corporate Support




Government funding Other

14% 1%

Service Expenditure

Youth Cancer Services








Resources (publications)


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Thank you to our supporters


Donations from individual supporters form 69% of CanTeen’s income. Whether it’s through regular monthly gifts, donating to appeals or one off contributions, CanTeen relies on everyday Australians for the majority of our income. During 2012/13 we were supported by 43,000 regular donors and around 4,000 other donors. CanTeen’s vital work helping young people facing cancer couldn’t continue without their generous support and we are incredibly grateful for every donation we receive.

MY STORY I joined CanTeen as a Sibling Member when I was 17 and became a regular donor in September 2012. CanTeen gave me so much when my sibling was diagnosed and I wanted to give back so that others could benefit from CanTeen’s support the way I did.

Beth Age 28

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Through CanTeen, I got to meet other siblings in similar situations and it was good to be able to talk about what was going on and have someone else know exactly what I meant. The camps were a lot of fun too and meant I could have a holiday and enjoy myself with other people my age. I’ve made friendships that have lasted beyond CanTeen and urge anyone thinking about donating to CanTeen to just do it!

PARTNERSHIPS Partners play a vital role both in terms of fundraising and providing in kind or other support to CanTeen. We’d like to express our gratitude to the following corporate and community partners:

Allan Frenkel Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Murrumbidgee Golf Day ACT

3P Learning

A special thank you to our Divisional Partners


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COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who raised more than a sweat for CanTeen this year by running, cycling, trekking or swimming as part of charity events across Australia and even internationally. We’re also very grateful to everyone who organised a fundraiser for CanTeen and the numerous community events that chose to support us.

NATIONAL BANDANNA DAY 2012 It was wonderful to see so many Australians get behind National Bandanna Day 2012 and show their support for young people living with cancer. The campaign, which was in its eighteenth year, raised $2.3 million and we’d like to thank everyone who bought and wore a bandanna. We also hugely appreciate the ongoing support from committed school and community groups as well as individual Australians who volunteer to sell bandannas for us. Woolworths was our largest distributor and their support contributed significantly to the event’s success. We’re also grateful to the Supercheap Auto Group, Newslink and Kennards Hire for their involvement.

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Did you know Young people who have a parent with cancer are 6 times more likely to be at risk of mental health issues than their friends. Cancer is responsible for one in ten deaths among young people. In comparison to their peers, young people who survive cancer are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or have a disability later in life. Almost a quarter of young cancer survivors continue to face mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder years after their treatment has finished.

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CanTeen Annual Report 2013  

Meeting every young person's unique cancer needs.

CanTeen Annual Report 2013  

Meeting every young person's unique cancer needs.