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About Pirate Day Friday

Pirate Day Friday is an annual national day of dressing up to raise awareness and much-needed funds for childhood brain cancer. Funds raised on the day are allocated to scientific studies to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for the disease through the The Adventurers and The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Every dollar raised through Pirate Day Friday is allocated to scientific studies focused on childhood brain cancer through The Adventurers in Western Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project in all other Australian states and territories.

In 2018, money raised by pirates in Western Australia will go to the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre Brain Tumour Research Program. Funds generated by pirates in all other Australian states and territories will help fund a study lead by Dr Bryan Day at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute with the objective of developing personalised medicine to treat medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade brain tumour which most commonly affects children, but can affect adults too.

Did you know:

  • More than 190 children aged 1-14 die from cancer in Australia each year.
  • Almost half of these deaths is related to a child with brain cancer.
  • In 2017, the Australian government expected brain cancer to be the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in people aged 0-24. 

Source: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-in-australia-2017/contents/table-of-contents

Frequently Asked Questions

Every dollar raised through Pirate Day Friday is allocated to scientific studies focused on childhood brain cancer through The Adventurers in Western Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project in all other Australian states and territories.

In 2018, money raised by pirates in Western Australia will go to the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre Brain Tumour Research Program . Funds generated by pirates in all other Australian states and territories will help fund a study lead by Dr Bryan Day at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute with the objective of developing personalised medicine to treat medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high grade brain tumour which most commonly affects children, but can affect adults too.

Conor was born on 5 September 2006 and lives in Western Australia. Conor was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was five-years-old.

From 2012 – 2014, Conor endured two brain operations in an effort to remove cancerous tumours. While the surgeries were successful in removing the majority of the tumours, chemotherapy and 12 rounds of radiation therapy were necessary to ensure all the cancerous cells had been destroyed.

Conor’s dad, Nathan, was shocked to learn the treatments his son received between 2012 – 2014 to help him stay alive hadn’t changed much since the 1980s.

He then discovered the National Health and Medical Research Council, which distributes the Australian Government’s annual medical research budget only allocates around $5 million to paediatric cancer – less than 1% of its total. The devoted dad realised the only way he could change this was to either raise money through charity work or start a campaign to get the Government’s attention so they would increase funding to medical research. Through Pirate Day Friday, he has been able to do both.

If you live in Western Australia, have registered your Pirate Day Friday event but haven’t received your eye patches, please contact us on 0409 376 232.

If you live in any other part of Australia, have registered your Pirate Day Friday event but are yet to receive your eye patches, please phone 1800 651 158.

Alternatively, you can email us on ahoy@piratedayfriday.org.au

Pirate Day Friday was created by a dad who desperately wanted to draw attention to childhood cancer after his five-year-old son was diagnosed with it.

Read the story here: http://www.piratedayfriday.org.au/conor-colgan/

When you register to fundraise through the Pirate Day Friday website, the money you raise will be directed to childhood brain cancer research.

However, if you would rather the funds raised go toward research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for different types of childhood cancer, simply register your Pirate Day Friday as a community fundraiser at thekidscancerproject.org.au.

We are here to help. Contact us on 1800 651 158 or fundraising@tkcp.org.au.

Pirate Day Friday is an annual national day of dressing up to raise awareness about childhood brain cancer and funds for research to find better treatments and a cure.

Money raised through Pirate Day Friday is allocated to scientific studies focused on childhood brain cancer through two charities; The Adventurers and The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Both charities are dedicated to promoting awareness about childhood cancer and raising money for scientific research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure. Every year they collaborate to urge Australians of all ages to unleash their inner scallywag and join in Pirate Day Friday.

The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting collaborative research that has the greatest chance of clinical success. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support, the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many types of cancer. You can learn about all the research projects funded by The Kids’ Cancer Project here.

The Adventurers believe a cure for childhood brain cancer is possible through medical research. To date The Adventurers have raised almost $9 million in funding for the Brain Tumour Research Laboratory at the Telethon Kids Institute, Western Australia.

Funds raised by the charity have helped build one of the leading groups globally on the pre-clinical testing of new drug candidates for childhood brain tumours, funded highly specialised equipment required for the research and established fellowships for the outstanding researchers leading the work to find the cure.

When you register to fundraise through the Pirate Day Friday website, the money you raise will be directed to childhood brain cancer research.

However, if you would rather the funds raised go toward research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for different types of childhood cancer, simply register your Pirate Day Friday as a community fundraiser at thekidscancerproject.org.au.

We are here to help. Contact us on 1800 651 158 or fundraising@tkcp.org.au.