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 are many ways you can help.

Choose your fundraising style

Create your own event

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

Run for Garvan in City2Surf!

Gather your workmates, friends and family and join Team Garvan in the City2Surf (Sunday 11 August). Your support will help fund critical research and discoveries.
 

In celebration

Commemorate an anniversary, birthday, graduation or other special occasion. Ask for donations instead of gifts and your special day will help improve the future health of others.
 

In memory

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.
 
 

Fundraise at school or work

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

Get active

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

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.


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.

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.

Phone: 1300 73 66 77
Email: foundation@garvan.org.au