Media Release - Launch of CAN GIVE DAY 2022

20 Sep 2022


Off and running! CAN GIVE DAY is on Friday 21 October 2022

Thursday 15 September was a rainy evening, but the VIPs came and enjoyed the official CAN GIVE DAY 2022 launch. Spirits were high and dry as those gathered heard what’s in store for CAN GIVE DAY, and it is jam packed!

Canberra Hospital Foundation Chair Deb Rolfe AM and Master of Ceremonies, welcomed guests to CHF’s signature event launch that is now in its third year.

Deb says:- “In our changing world, there are challenges all around. These challenges are immediate for patients undergoing treatment at Canberra Hospital and impact their families and loved ones.”

An incredible $620,000 has been raised across past CAN GIVE DAY events and the goal for round three is to surpass the 1 million dollar mark. Generous donations this CAN GIVE DAY will help to support the more than 500,000 people who are hospitalised or receive treatment in Canberra each year; patients of all ages, all illnesses, each area of care they need. With community support, Canberra Hospital Foundation can help every patient in some way.

Deb added:- “The challenge of the work of the Canberra Hospital Foundation, of which I am fortunate to be the chair, is to continue to raise the vital funds needed to ensure that we can help change lives by providing those extra services that dramatically improve patient care.”

Among the VIPs at the launch event were potential CAN GIVE DAY Changemakers, individuals and businesses and those who have already signed up to participate in CGD 2022.

They were encouraged, by video message from proud CHF Ambassador Leo Sayer, to bring together their family, friends and work colleagues to raise funds to change lives through supporting enhanced services, additional equipment, research and room transformations helping doctors and nurses, who are at the heart of patient care. CAN GIVE DAY - Friday 21st October 2022

This year's CAN GIVE DAY promises to be a fun filled day like no other with favourite activities returning like the WYCH Bedpan Olympics and BreastScreen Australia’s Decorate A Bra Competition and will be welcoming new fundraising activities such as the MasterCook Challenge and the Big Wig Challenge.

This Big Wig Challenge invites big bosses from all sectors in the community to abseil down the side of Building 8 on hospital road to raise funds to support the wellbeing of frontline teams, important research, refurbishments, and programs to support patient care.

Among Big Wigs already signed up are Chair of the CHF Board, Deb Rolfe AM, Co-CEO & Director from CHF’s newly minted media partner, Region Media’s Michael McGoogan and CEO of Canberra Health Services Dave Peffer.

Dave shared:- “Events like these are a wonderful reflection on the generosity of the community, but it also does build up pride and ownership of a health service that really belongs to this community.”

CAN GIVE DAY is a 24-hour Fundraising Sprint to support exceptional patient care for people in Canberra and the surrounding region. Starting early with an outside broadcast from 10:00am - 3:00pm with Cam Sullings on the airwaves. Conveniently positioned for running commentary directly across from where the Big Wig Challenger will take the plunge for a good cause from 12:30pm.

Events will run throughout the day across Canberra Hospital and University of Canberra Hospital campuses including the inaugural CAN GIVE DAY Street Party. Food vendors, street performers, live music and guest speakers along with the community will ring in the end of another CAN GIVE DAY on Hospital Road at Canberra Hospital.

Canberra Hospital Foundation is encouraging the community to sign up for CAN GIVE DAY now. To have fun and raise funds and help change lives through supporting enhanced services, additional equipment, research and room transformations helping doctors and nurses, who are at the heart of patient care.

CAN GIVE DAY Patient Advocate Chris Cairns says:- “I can’t speak highly enough of the care, the goodwill, the passion, the people involved in my rehabilitation, being local not having to organise to go up to Sydney, is special.”