There are a number of ways you can get involved to help raise money for life-changing research and give hope for a cure.

What kind of event can I hold?

Your Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event can be as small or as big as you like. It could be a morning tea with your family, a walk with friends, a BBQ or a cake stall.

Check out our Getting Started resource, here, for more ideas.

How do I get started in planning my event?

  • Set a date and location
  • Send an invitation out via email, text message, or you could set up a Facebook event on your profile
  • Set up your fundraising page and include the link in your invitation in case people aren’t able to attend, but still want to contribute
  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to get involved
  • Promote your event. Post your invitation on your social media with a link back to your fundraising page
  • Put up posters at your local community such as work or school
  • Tell your local media about your event – they may be interested in running a story

Download our event checklist here for a comprehensive guide.

How do I raise money at my event?

In addition to your fundraising page, below are some tips for raising money at your event:

  • Approach local businesses for support, and/or sponsorship to donate raffle and auction prizes such as a meat tray, flower bouquet or hamper
  • Ask for support from your work, or school whether it is simply putting up a poster, or contributing to your raffle, auction, or donation support
  • Sell raffle tickets before and at your event
  • Host a silent auction table at your event
  • Have a donation box for people to contribute cash on the day
  • Remind people they can donate even if they can’t attend your event
  • Thank everyone for their donations and let them know how much you have raised with their help. Encourage them to share your fundraising page if they would like to help further.

Why should I set up an online fundraising page?

Weather you raise funds through a gold coin donation for a sausage sizzle or sell tables for a trivia night or gala ball, you can always raise extra money by setting up an online fundraising page.

It can also be a thoughtful way to support a family member, friend or colleague who is living with lung cancer, or to honour the memory of someone who has lost their battle with this devastating disease. You can see examples of other fundraising pages, here.

How do I set up an online fundraising page?

Setting up your fundraising page is easy. Simply, click here and follow the prompts to fill in your details. You just need an email address. For more help setting up your page click here .

Below are some tips to help you set up a successful fundraising page:

  • Tell Your Story. Upload photos to your page and write about why you are fundraising or hosting a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event.
  • Tell people how their donation will make difference. Ensure your supporters know that money raised through this campaign will support lung cancer research.
  • Be the first to donate to your page. By donating to your own page, you’re showing your commitment to your fundraising and setting the benchmark for family and friends who come to your page to make a donation. It shows you are serious about making a difference. Everyday Hero has found that fundraisers who make the first donation will raise over 120% more on average.
  • Share your page on social media and ask people to support you. The number one reason people give is because they were asked, so don’t forget to contact your friends, family and colleagues via email too.
  • Update your fundraising page. Keep your family, friends and colleagues updated with your fundraising progress. Tell them how close you are to reaching your target, what obstacles you may have and what you are enjoying about it.
  • Ask more than once. People often need reminding. If you have asked them once and they haven’t donated – ask again. They may have just forgotten and won’t mind a friendly reminder.
  • Thank your donors. Let them know their donation has been noticed and appreciated. The simple act of saying thank you goes a long way especially if you plan on asking them again at a later date.
  • Allow anonymity. Allow people to make anonymous donations.


What statistics about lung cancer can I share on my page?

  • In 2018, it is estimated over 12,740 Australians will be diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia. That’s 34 people a day.6
  • One Australian dies every hour from lung cancer. 6
  • Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer in Australia with only 17% of Australians surviving 5 years after their diagnosis. 6
  • Lung cancer is Australia’s biggest cancer killer: It kills more people than breast, prostate and ovarian cancers combined.14
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men diagnosed with lung cancer have no history of smoking.7

Contact us to find out more about how you can get involved and raise awareness and life-changing funds for lung cancer research.

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1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018, Cancer compendium: information and trends by cancer type, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-compendium-information-trends-by-cancer/report-contents/lung-cancer

2 Lung Foundation Australia, Improving outcomes for Australians with lung cancer: A Call to Action (2016) http://lungfoundation.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/LFA-improving-outcomes-report-0816-proof10.pdf

3 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018, Deaths in Australia, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/life-expectancy-death/deaths-in-australia/contents/leading-causes-of-death