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 at home, school or work and help raise crucial funds for the Garvan Institute
In celebration
Make your special day more meaningful by asking for donations instead of gifts.
In memory
Giving in memory of a loved one can be a powerful and lasting way to celebrate their life.
Garvan gift cards
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.
2023 City2Surf
The 2023 Sun Herald City2Surf is back as a live event on Sunday, 13 August! Join Team Garvan and run, jog or walk to raise money and awareness for critical genomic research.

How funds raised help make a difference

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.

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.
Fundraising poster
Print this poster to help spread the word about your fundraising activity

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 contact our community fundraising team below.

Phone: 1300 73 66 77