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Can Too Charity Profile

Become a Travel Hero for Can Too

By Antje Lauterbach

What's it like to run a marathon in support of cancer research? We had a chat with Can Too founder Annie Crawford and found out what the organisation's adventure fundraising program is all about.

  1. Name of your organisation: Can Too Foundation
  2. Organisation or project website:
  3. When was your organisation established? 2005
  4. What is your charity or company number? ABN 53 169 310 696, ACN 169 310 696
  5. What is your organisations mission? Our Vision: Transforming lives - through improving health and wellbeing in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer.

    Our Mission: Engaging and inspiring individuals and the community to achieve personal health, wellbeing and altruistic goals. Enabling and assisting fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer.
  6. Why is this important? According to the NHMRC 2016 funding announced in April, only 13.73% of eligible Australian research received funding, less than 1 in 6 projects - share this on Facebook. In this highly competitive environment researchers with proven track records receive the vast majority of funding – often leaving early career researchers (with less than 7 years research experience) without funding. This roadblock for early career researches in 2016 is diminishing our pipeline of future experienced Australian researchers. Can Too Foundation bridges the current gap for funding, and maintains the pipeline for future experienced researchers to stay in Australia, by funding early career cancer researchers through major beneficiary Cure Cancer Australia Foundation.

    Each year we train approximately 1,500 people to get fit, healthy and fundraising for cancer research. Approximately 1/3 of cancers are “lifestyle” related, and our programs reduce this risk. People can still get fit with commercial competitors, but by providing challenge programs that combine personal and altruistic goals, we build a philanthropic culture in the community, which in turn increases their likelihood of engaging in further altruistic activities.
  7. What have you achieved to date (e.g. funds raised / completed projects)? $16,000,000 fundraised, 12,500 participants trained.
  8. How can travellers support you? Travellers taking part in fitness events – half or full marathons, triathlons, ocean swims, bike rides, and more – can use their participation to leverage funds for the Can Too Foundation through our Can Too Beyond program.
  9. How do you use funds to achieve your mission? What percentage of funds you receive goes to your project/s? Approximately 83% of funds are directed back to health promotion programs and cancer research.
  10. When is your next trip / event? Our next travelling event is the TCS New York City Marathon, Sunday 6 November 2016. We are currently training 68 participants to take the Big Orange to the Big Apple!
  11. What can your supporters expect when they fundraise / volunteer for you? Our participants receive professional coaching from an accredited and experienced coach, as well as the support of a dedicated team captain, and mentor there to assist with the dual fitness and fundraising journey.
  12. How do supporters sign up? Via our website.
  13. Is your organisation a member of the FIA? Not that I know of.
  14. Is your organisation licensed? If so, by what regulatory body? We’re regulated by the ACNC … I’m not aware of any others.

Are you thinking about fundraising with Can Too? Have you supported Can Too in the past? Share your thoughts and join the conversation on Facebook via #TravelHeroes and @ColumbusDirectAUSNZ.

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