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Fundraise for us

There are many ways you can help.

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!

Choose your fundraising style

  • Create your own event

    Host your own fundraising event at home, school or work and help raise crucial funds for the Garvan Institute

  • Gift card shop

    Make a donation and send an e-card to a loved one in lieu of a traditional gift. You can personalise and send the card by email or print at home.

  • Wedding favours

    Make your special day even more meaningful with a heartfelt favour - a donation to medical research. When you make a donation and you will be emailed with three customisable table settings to personalise and display on your special day. Simply click below to make your donation and the artwork will be emailed to you.

  • Get active

    Getting active is a great way to work on your health and fitness, while also funding crucial medical research.

Meet our fundraisers

  • “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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

Support our research

Your donation helps our researchers discover scientific breakthroughs that will prevent, diagnose and cure disease.Donate now

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 contact our community fundraising team below.

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