About Us

The group has been established in 2018 by uterine cancer survivor, Phillipa Challis OAM, to operate as the Geelong Region Cancerians supporting the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

Phillipa believes raising awareness of its symptoms as well as raising funds for research into new treatments will increase the survival rate for those diagnosed, citing uterine cancer as being the fifth most common cancer diagnosis for women in Australia.


Phillipa Challis OAM


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Jennifer Jarrard

Jennifer Jarrard


Christine Crowder

Christine Crowder


Deb Fribbins

Deb Fribbins

Committee Member

Maureen O'Keeffe

Maureen O'Keeffe

Committee Member

Gavin Seidel

Co-opted Member

Andy Pobjoy

Andy Pobjoy

Co-opted Member

The Geelong Region Cancerians Founding Committee, 2018
L-R: Luke Outerbridge, Michelle Challis, Deb Fribbins, Helene Bender OAM, Phillipa Challis OAM, Beryl McMillan OAM, Alison McLeod, Tim Birchall, Gavin Seidel


$5 for 1 in 21: Our Annual Giving Campaign in 2021

1 in 3 Australian men and 1 in 4 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75. In 2020, there was an average of 397 diagnoses of cancer every day.

We all know people living with cancer, or who have had cancer. Research and early detection are critical to survival rates.

So, we’re asking you to donate $5.00 for each person you know personally who has, or has had cancer.

Together we can outsmart cancer.

Donate Now


As part of our continued efforts to raise awareness of uterine cancer and funds for research into all cancers, we are running our annual Routleys Pie Drive.

Geelong Region Cancerians pie drive clipart

As you may know, Routleys Bakery has been making pies & cakes for over 60 years having perfected their recipes over time. For this drive we have selected a range of Routleys most popular products. For every item sold, GRC will receive 25% of the proceeds, all of which will go to our yearly donation to Australian Cancer Research Foundation. https://www.acrf.com.au/australian-cancer-research-foundation-2/


This year we are able to offer two forms of ordering, online and paper form.

  1. If you would like to order online and pay with a credit card, please click https://fundraising.routleysbakery.com.au/

Once you have made your selections, please review your order and click on ‘Select a store’ then select ‘Geelong Region Cancerians – Thursday 29 July’ from the drop-down selection.

Online ordering closes Tuesday 27 July, 2021 at 2.00pm.


  1. If you would like to order manually via our manual order form (273kb 2 page Word docx) and payment options form (71kb 1 page Word docx). To simply view the range, please see our showcase of available Routleys items (247kb 1 page PDF). Please return your order form and payment details form no later than Friday 23 July, 2021 via email to info@geelongregioncancerians.com.au or post to Geelong Region Cancerians, PO Box 860 Geelong 3220.  (Please put in the post no later than Friday 23 July, 2021).

Payment can be made via electronic funds transfer, cash deposit at a Bendigo Bank branch, cheque or credit card (refer to payment option form attached).

Collecting Your Order

You will be able to collect your special Routley’s order on Thursday 29 July 2021 from 10am to 12noon at The Annex, 35 Mount Pleasant Road, Belmont (in the carpark of the South Barwon Community Centre).

Fundraising activities such as this make a vital contribution towards raising awareness of uterine cancer and much needed funds.

With thanks to Routleys for making our pie drive possible.

Routleys family-owned bakery - the best Wholesale Bakery in Geelong

Thank you for your support.

Past Events

Silver Circles 2021 Fundraiser

Thanks to those who took part in our Silver Circle fundraiser
 to help raise valuable funds for cancer research
a win for you and a win for cancer research!

The Silver Circles fundraiser is based on the Super ‘66’ numbers drawn each Saturday for 10 weeks from Saturday 1st May to Saturday 3rd July 2021, inclusive.

$20 per ticket    Only 100 tickets for sale
Each ticket has 30 chances to win (3 chances a week over 10 weeks)

PRIZES each week

Star (purple) 1st prize: $50 Star (purple) 2nd prize: $30 Star (purple) 3rd prize: $20

How it works

Silver Circles how it works

Winners will be advised by email each week and the results will be put up on our Facebook page. 

Each lucky winner’s number will be put back in the draw for the following week.

Our 2020 Annual Giving raised $16,000

Thanks to the generous support of our contributors, this year our donation to the ACRF is $16,000.

We have donated $49,000 since our launch in April 2018.

Thanks to our major Annual Giving donors

We’d especially like to thank Lake Imaging, Gforce and Mindwerx for their donations contributing to our 2020 Annual Giving campaign.

Lake Imaging logo

Gforce logo

Mindwerx logo (240px)

GRC Online Silent Auction 2020

2020 Online Silent Auction

9th to 20th November 2020

FIFTEEN fabulous items were generously donated for our 2020 Online Silent Auction. Bidding was open from Monday 9th November until Friday, 20th November 2020.

2020 Grand Final Week Celebration

Just like the Grand Final having a change of venue, our friends at the Piano Bar are also receptive to change. The Geelong Region Cancerians Grand Final Week Celebration is on again, and is being held in the Piano Bar marquee at the Geelong Racing Club this year.

Date: Sunday 18th October 2020
Time: 1.00pm to 3.00pm

Cost: (SOLD OUT) $38 per person, includes grazing platters from SteamPocket catering, drinks at bar price, fabulous musical entertainment and a football panel discussing who will win the Brownlow Medal and which team will be 2020 Premiers.

Dwayne Russell, a former Geelong Cats player and media personality, together with Tom King, a broadcaster, commentator and the editor for football at Geelong’s home of footy: K-Rock, will openly discuss the 2020 season and give their prediction.

Grand Final Week Celebration

There will be a raffle on the day with excellent prizes. All money raised will be donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.

This event is being generously hosted by Piano Bar owner Andy Pobjoy, who is also a Geelong Region Cancerians committee member.

Silver Circles 2020 Fundraiser

Since the opportunity to gather for a large fundraising event is not possible due to COVID-19 social distancing, the Geelong Region Cancerians came up with a novel way to raise funds — SILVER CIRCLES.

The Silver Circles fundraiser is based on the Super 66 numbers drawn each Saturday night for 10 weeks from September 5 2020, with only 100 tickets available.

Silver Circles how it works

Each ticket has 30 chances over the 10 weeks. The PRIZES each week are 1st ($50), 2nd ($30) and 3rd ($20). If you buy multiple tickets you have multiple chances each week as winning tickets go back into the draw. Tickets are $20 each.

The Geelong Region Cancerians thanks everyone who has supported us with this fundraiser. Participation helps Geelong Region Cancerians raise awareness and funds that support research for uterine cancer and all other cancers supporting Australian Cancer Research Foundation a registered charity with ACNC.

2020 Routleys Pie Drive

Due to COVID-19 social distancing our annual Trivia Night fundraiser became our Routleys Pie Drive.

Routleys family-owned bakery - the best Wholesale Bakery in Geelong

All of the sales profits from the range of Routleys most popular products offered in our Pie Drive will be included in our annual donation to Australian Cancer Research Foundation for cancer research.

Routleys family-owned bakery is the best wholesale bakery in Geelong, and has been making Pies & Cakes for over 60 years. They have perfected their delicious recipes over a long time.

Thank you for your support.

Geelong Region Cancerians pie drive clipart

Bunnings Waurn Ponds BBQ 

Saturday 11 January 2020

Thank you to the customers and families at Bunnings Waurn Ponds who took the time to support our BBQ. It was also great to see some of our supporters visit us too and buy a sausage or two.

Please see our Archived Events page for our past events prior to the ones shown above.


Donations to support research would be greatly appreciated

Name: Geelong Region Cancerians
BSB: 633 000 Account Number: 162 560 007

Please notify our secretary by email at info@geelongregioncancerians.com.au of your EFT transaction.

Alternatively, you are welcome to contribute online via our GiveNow page towards our yearly Annual Giving Campaign. Simply click this button below:


Donation Canisters

Out and about and wish to donate? Our collection canisters can be found at the following locations.

We thank each of these businesses for showing their immense support for Geelong Region Cancerians.

Australia Post
110 Shannon Avenue, Manifold Heights

Blue Illusion
2/184 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Bakers Delight Geelong West
159 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Bumble Bee Eatery
1/63 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights

Café Bear & Scoobs
8-14 Thompsons Road, North Geelong

Chez Ma Belle Lingerie
37 Yarra Street, Geelong

Community Care Chemist
1/84 Pakington Street, Geelong West

Community Care Chemist
71-75 Separation Street, North Geelong

Geelong Flower Farm
392 Bellarine Highway, Moolap

Lake Imaging
East Court, 313 Ryrie Street, Geelong

Lucy Locket’s 261 Café
261 Myers Street, Geelong East

Minkind Gift Store
1A Minerva Road, Herne Hill

techrevive inside East Geelong Newsagency
78 Garden Street, Geelong

The Bungalow Restaurant
32 High Street, Drysdale

The Fresh Food Merchant
138 Malop Street, Geelong

Westcoast Hair & Beauty Supplies
53 West Fyans Street, Newtown

Contact Us

Geelong Region Cancerians
PO Box 860 Geelong 3220


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