Major Supporters

Our wonderful supporters make the work we do possible. We are extremely grateful for the commitment and support of these dedicated people and their generous organisations.

Hawkesbury Canoe Classic Association

Annual 111km overnight paddle on the Hawkesbury River

In 1977, members of the NSW Outward Bound Ex-Students Association organised a canoe race along the Hawkesbury to raise money for medical research. That first race attracted 250 paddlers and raised $8,500 – now the race attracts more than 400 paddlers each year.

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic Association began supporting Arrow in 1994 – since then it has raised more than $3.4 million for us, funding important medical research projects, PhD scholarships and patient support services.


Dave ‘Coke’ Wards Memorial

Annual trivia night, ocean swim and surfing contest

Dave ‘Coke’ Wards was a young man who loved to surf. He was very supportive of other surfers and was a member of several boardriding clubs on the Central Coast. Dave was diagnosed with leukaemia in his early 20s and tragically lost his battle with the disease in 1989.

The Dave ‘Coke’ Wards Memorial is our longest associated fundraising event, organised by Dave’s close friends Chris Beeby and Wayne King and Megan Balfour.The event is held in Coke’s memory. The event, held each October on the Central Coast, raises more than $15,000 each year in support of important research projects.

Volunteers and sponsors

Our thanks to these kind volunteers and corporate sponsors for so generously dedicating their time and efforts to our cause:

  • Tankstream – responsible for the design and ongoing updates and maintenance of the Arrow website.
  • Belinda Evans. – Tracey Scone Wig Library volunteer

Tour de Cure

Fundraising cycling tours

In 2007, a coffee between two mates led to the formation of Tour de Cure. Since then this annual cycling challenge has raised millions in funding for vital cancer research, support and prevention projects.

In December 2011, a $36,000 donation was presented to Arrow to help fund vital patient support services as well as scholarships for nurses employed in the field of blood and bone marrow transplantation and paediatric oncology.

Since 2012, Tour de Cure has sponsored our Tracey Scone Wig Library through an annual donation of $20,000.


Allan Frenkel Foundation

Supporting teens with cancer

Allan Frenkel was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia in May 1995, and died in January 1996. He was only 18. In September 1997, his family started the Allan Frenkel Foundation to raise funds for Leukaemia research and to provide support for teenagers and families touched by cancer.

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