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It seems we have all been touched by cancer in some way and to support those affected in the Coffs Harbour and Clarence regions ETC has donated $5,000 to local charity the CanDo Cancer Trust.

“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our amazing donors and sponsors,” said Julie Jardine, Chairperson of CanDo Cancer Trust.
Mrs Jardine expressed gratitude towards ETC for coming on board as a sponsor of the CanDo Cancer Trust.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to receive the support from ETC. ETC exists to help the community and so does the CanDo Cancer Trust,” she said.

Chair of the ETC Board Rod McKelvey said although ETC had supported CanDo Cancer Trust in the past via the ETC Community Support Fund, the passing of Kerry Hines  prompted the Board to revisit their support. “Kerry Hines was a passionate advocate for the community and the CanDo Cancer Trust,” Mr McKelvey said.

“When the community and her husband Chris, a valued Board Member of ETC, lost Kerry to this insidious disease, ETC determined the best way to maintain her wonderful legacy was by donating $5000 to the CanDo Cancer Trust, so her work could continue.”

ETC CEO Jenny Barnett said it was important to get behind such a worthwhile local charity.
“We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way and it’s wonderful to be in a position where we can directly help people in need when they are at their most vulnerable,” said ETC CEO Jenny Barnett.


The Rainforest Rattler Train event held on Thursday,  2nd January raised just on $7,000.00 for the CanDo Cancer Trust.

Special thanks goes to Two Tails Winery for their generous donation of food and wine and the valuable assistance of their staff.

Without the dedicated support of the Rail Motor Society and participation of major sponsor, Two Tails Winery, the funds raised  may have not been achievable.

The money attained will not only support people and their families suffering from the effects of cancer but symbolises the generosity of the greater Coffs Harbour community.

Congratulations to the Rail Motor Society for bringing this wonderful and unique tourism attraction to the Coffs Coast, its efforts are greatly appreciated.

Please click the following link for photographs  


The Bishop Druitt College recently raised $500.00 which they have generously donated to CanDo Cancer Trust. CanDo would like to especially thank the students, parents and teachers for their hard work and dedication in raising this amount.

Pictured left to right are Tia Lang, Kenzie Beswick (CanDo Youth Ambassador) and Joel Ruttiman, students of Bishop Druitt College.



The Kerry Hines Memorial Bowls Day was a very successful event resulting with around $7,000 raised for CanDo Cancer Trust. A homemade breakfast was provided by the ladies of the Sawtell Bowls Club, organised by Shirley Dodds and Coffs Freemasons assisted with  cooking a delicious BBQ sausage sizzle for lunch . There was a good attendance of bowlers on the day with a highlight being the mega -raffle. Special thanks to all our generous sponsors and people who donated prizes.
Individual winners of a large meat tray (donated by Big Country Meats) and a bottle of wine were:
Yvonne Vaughan, Michelle Brown, Yvonne Bowles
A large bottle of scotch donated by the Sawtell Bowls Club was won by Graham Walsh.
Pictures of the event can be viewed by this link.

Sawtell Bowls 2019


CanDo Cancer Trust have assisted over 1,000 new patients, totaling just under $500K over its first 10 years.
Masonicare  have provided assistance to CanDo totaling $123K and Coffs Coast Freemasons over $105K.
CanDo Cancer Trust have raised over $300K themselves in donations and with fundraising activities supported by the generosity of numerous sponsors.

CanDo Cancer Trust

The CanDo Cancer Trust is driven by an extraordinary group of caring people who help our local cancer patients and their families.I thank them for all they do to make life better for many residents of the Coffs Coast and Clarence. Cancer Trust Freemasons NSW & ACT North Coast Cancer Institute, Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Mid North Coast Health Sawtell Bowling & Recreation Club Unrealestate Coffs Coast Colin Fassnidge TAFE NSW The Hilltop Store Coffs Coast Harvest Julie Jardine Loretta Rigby Christine Clarke Neil Manson The Observatory Holiday Apartments, Coffs Harbour

Posted by Gurmesh Singh – MP on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Colin Fassnidge - DEGUSTATION DINNER - 24th September 2019

Celebrity Chef Colin Fassnidge has proven his good guy image helping the CanDo Cancer Trust to put on a seven-course Degustation Dinner to raise $20,000 for local cancer patients.  Fassnidge of My Kitchen Rules fame also mentored TAFE cookery class students at Osprey Restaurant where the event was held. CanDo would like to offer its sincere gratitude to Colin Fassnidge for joining us in this fundraising adventure, Carla and Matt from the Hilltop Store and the staff at the Osprey Restaurant for their valuable assistance.

Photos can be viewed at the following links:
CanDo Kitchen        Degustation Dinner Guests

Degustation Dinner 2019

Great video of Degustation Dinner courtesy of Bath Time Productions. Great job everyone

Posted by CanDo Cancer Trust on Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Annual Wayne Glenn Memorial Fund Beach Party - 21st September 2019

More than $10,000 was raised at this event to support local men battling cancer. This year’s event was sponsored by NAB and was held at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.  The party honours the memory of the late Wayne Glenn who was one of CanDo’s greatest benefactors. On the night attendees dressed in formal beachwear, enjoyed finger food,  live entertainment, auctions and raffles.

Auctioneer for the night was Chris Hines and Garry Innes performed the role of MC.

Cando Cancer Trust would like to especially thank their sponsors for their support and generous auction items.  National Australia Bank, Parry’s Jewellers, Unreal Real Estate, Garry Innes, CEX Goup, North Coast Hotel Group, Bayrange, Opal Cove, MI Organics, Coffs Harbour Landscaping, Infracraft, and Coffs Harbour Golf Club. Thanks also to Gail Green of Nutrimetics and Good Price Pharmacy for the raffle prizes.
Beach Party Photos

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Coffs Coast Freemanson held their annual Woolgoolga Charity Bowls on Sunday, 28th July in aid of CanDo Cancer Trust. It was a beautiful sunny day with the greens filled with eager bowlers. Highlight of the day was the mega raffle with some people winning more than one prize.

The  day raised a massive total of $14,000 for the CanDo Cancer Trust which was a sensational result. Congratulations to Carolyn Boyden and the Coffs Freemasons team who worked tirelessly to make it such a great success.
The lucky winner of the 2019 CanDo Cancer Trust Raffle was: –
First Prize – Barry Wylie – Ticket No. 4375
Second Prize winner – Andy Boyden – Ticket No. 3423
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.
Link to Results and Photos

Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to this worthy cause especially to our long list of generous sponsors.