Fundraise for us

You can make a big difference to medical research by fundraising for Garvan. Start your own event or celebration, fundraise at work or school, or just get fit and have fun! There’s many ways you can help us make vital medical breakthroughs.

Choose your fundraising style


Host your own fundraising event and help raise crucial funds for the Garvan Institute. Whether you prefer BBQs, bakesales or barefoot bowls, we can help you get started.


Work on your health and fitness and support crucial medical research. Take an active challenge with your friends or colleagues and you’ll make a difference to the health of all Australians.


Why not commemorate an anniversary, a birthday, graduation or other special occasion? Ask for donations instead of gifts and take pride knowing your special day will improve the future health of others.


Honour a loved one and help raise funds through a personalised memorial page. We can help you create a special tribute that also helps important medical research.


Need fundraising ideas for school or your workplace? Be a hero and have some fun at the same time. We’ve made it easy to get started, and you’ll be helping us make medical breakthroughs.


Genome Power is a program to sequence the genomes of 400 kids with high-risk & aggressive cancers. This data will help doctors identify better, targeted treatments. Set up your fundraising page and get started today.

How funds raised help make a difference

Fundraising stories

“This was a personal journey that started with our dad — who we greatly miss.”

Brian Watson was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2013. His family discovered that little is known about treating pancreatic cancer, and that survival rates are alarmingly low. So they signed up for the City2Surf to raise much-needed funds for Garvan’s research.

Sadly, two days after the race and eleven months after his diagnosis, Brian passed away. Thanks to the generosity of their friends and family, the Watsons were able to raise over $30,000 in his memory.

“Suddenly, these events took on a whole new meaning. It was now very real to us”.

In 2010, the Rizzo family raised $2,000 at a breast cancer fundraiser on their back verandah. Sisters Santina, Marina and Grace, and Grace’s daughter Yasmina never imagined that two years later they’d raise a further $10,000.

The events took on a new meaning in 2014 when both Grace and their cousin Aurora were diagnosed with breast cancer. For their 2016 fundraiser, they decided to donate the proceeds to Garvan. And it was bigger than ever – with 500 people and two events, the Rizzo family raised an amazing $43,000.

Useful resources

Fundraising Guide

A handy fundraising guide to help get you started.

Proposal to raise funds

If you’re raising funds offline, you’ll need to send us a completed Proposal to Raise Funds form.

More information

If you have a fundraising question, want to run your idea by someone, or simply want to find out more, get in touch. You can view our fundraising FAQs or contact our community fundraising team below.

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