Cancer Council Queensland celebrate 60th anniversary with the GC community

For 60 years, Cancer Council Queensland has been supporting Queenslanders affected by cancer.

The organisation celebrated the milestone on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, bringing together some of their local volunteers and supporters for a special event at their Southport office.

“We have been operating right across the state since 1961 and today we are on the Gold Coast giving thanks to the people that have volunteered and assisted us in the community for a number of those years,” CEO Chris McMillan told myGC.


From Daffodil Day to the Gold Coast Marathon, Gold Coast locals have sold merchandise, ran, walked, sipped tea, cut hair and played bingo to raise money for Queenslanders impacted by cancer.

“Across the state we have about 1100 volunteers on any one day. We just couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers – they assist us with a wide range of things, from fitting wigs and turbans, to administration activities, and fundraising,” said Ms McMillan.

“The volunteers are a great bunch, and year on year I couldn’t count up the number of hours they would put in.”

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan chats with Gold Coast volunteers and supporters. PHOTO: Carla Tooma – myGC.

Ms McMillan said the organisation was established with a small group of volunteers in 1961 in response to an increasing need for cancer-related services across the state.

Today, Cancer Council Queensland employs around 200 people across nine offices statewide, and also operate six accommodation lodges providing regional cancer patients with a home-away-from-home when they access lifesaving treatment services in Queensland’s major cities.

“The work we have done over the last 60 years has been amazing,” she said.

“We invest heavily into research and there has been a number of breakthroughs. We also very much focus on epidemiology. Aside from that there are our support services, which range from information sessions, prevention is a big focus through to peer support activities that help both patients and their families.”

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