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Our achievements

Since 1975, the Leukaemia Foundation has set an international benchmark in patient support and care.

Established in Queensland, the Leukaemia Foundation now has offices across Australia and supports patients and families in metropolitan, regional and rural communities.

We have also invested millions of dollars into research for better treatments and cures.


  • Stirling Apartments at Innaloo open, providing a home-away-from-home for people from regional and rural areas of Western Australia who need to move to Perth for treatment.


  • Brisbane’s Herston Village accommodation centre is refurbished.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia and the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland joined together to create one unified, national organisation.
  • The Village Green Apartments, Queensland’s newest accommodation centre for regional families affected by blood cancer, was opened.


  • Three internationally significant blood cancer research discoveries were announced, each aided by the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Research Program. Read page 7 of our 2013/14 Annual Report.
  • We achieved our goal of directly reaching 50% of people newly diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. Many more were supported anonymously through the extensive use of the Leukaemia Foundation’s information and resources online.


  • World’s Greatest Shave raised a record $20.3 million, including $5.2 million from the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.
  • We completed the purpose-built Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Adelaide, doubling the number of families from regional SA, NT, VIC and NSW who we can provide with free accommodation whilst in Adelaide for blood cancer treatment.


  • More than 27,000 Australians gathered at inspiring Light the Night Walk across Australia, raising $1.45 million.
  • We were recognised among the Top 10 charities in the PwC Transparency Awards for the 2011-12 financial year, our third year in a row.
  • A $3.9 million grant from the Department of Regional Development heralded construction of Accommodation Village in Adelaide supporting families from regional South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory.


  • The Governor-General helped celebrate our $20 million funding milestone since our integrated National Research Program began in 2005.
  • We were recognised among the Top 10 charities in the PwC Transparency Awards for the 2010-11 financial year, our second year in a row.


  • We held our inaugural National Myeloma Day, raising awareness of the impact of this blood cancer in Australia.
  • We were a founding member of Cancer Research Leadership Forum, a new collaborative group to address the needs of people with cancer in our country.
  • 66 Australian research projects received $3.5 million in funding through our National Research Program.
  • We were recognised among the Top 10 charities in the PwC Transparency Awards for the 2009-10 financial year.


  • More than 21,000 people lit a balloon to remember, remember and give hope at 20 twilight Light the Night events across the country, raising $1.3 million and awareness.


  • Our total investment in research over the past five years totals $12 million.
  • Light the Night pilot events were successfully trialled in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns and Perth.
  • Leukaemia Foundation of Australia committed to its first purpose-built accommodation complex for patients to be constructed in Adelaide.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation paid tribute to the memory of Peter Brock who had been an active and passionate supporter of our work for over five years.


  • World’s Greatest Shave raised $8.6 million and more than 100,000 Australians participated.
  • The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia began operating as a national entity.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation launched its second biggest annual fundraising event, World’s Largest Lunch.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation’s fleet of patient transport cars reached 25 nationally.


  • A new $2.2 million patient accommodation and support centre opened in Townsville.
  • Patient accommodation units were purchased in New South Wales and in Victoria, taking the total to 16 accommodation centres nationally.


  • World’s Greatest Shave raised more than $3.6 million and became the national signature fundraising event for the Leukaemia Foundation.
  • Leukaemia Quest is held nationally for the first time and raises $1.4 million.
  • Four patient accommodation units were acquired in South Australia.
  • The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland celebrated 25 years of service and began a grief counselling program.
  • Holden donated a fleet of cars towards the Foundation’s Patient Transport Program.


  • World’s Greatest Shave raised over $1.4 million Australia-wide
  • The Leukaemia Foundation – Victoria and Tasmania launched in Melbourne.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation – New South Wales and Leukaemia Foundation – South Australia open their doors.
  • The Leukaemia Foundation pledged $5 million to a new Comprehensive Cancer Research Centre.


  • World’s Greatest Shave to Care and Cure started, raising over $90,000.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation provided $100,000 to establish the Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia was established.


  • A 21 unit patient accommodation village in South Brisbane – ESA Village was opened.
  • A drug to assist in the treatment of people with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), Interferon, was listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) thanks to advocacy work by the Foundation.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation opened in Western Australia.
  • The Leukaemia Foundation Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the RCH, Brisbane, was opened.
  • Australia’s first Professor of Experimental Haematology to head the Foundation’s research program was appointed.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation Research Unit at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, was opened.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation provided a grant of $500,000 to establish a bone marrow transplant unit in the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation’s second patient accommodation unit in Herston, Brisbane, opened.


  • The $1.7 million Bone Marrow Transplant and Leukaemia Treatment Unit opened at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
  • The first Leukaemia Foundation support course for patients and families was held.


  • The first Leukaemia Foundation information booklet Understanding Leukaemia was published.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation funded its first research project at the Royal Brisbane Hospital (RBH).
  • A video microscope was purchased by the Foundation for diagnosis and training at RBH.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation pioneered the provision of patient accommodation with the purchase of ‘Hollydene’, three residential units in Brisbane.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation’s first fundraising effort resulted in the purchase of a cell separator blood processor for the Mater Hospital to reduce the number of blood transfusions required by patients.


  • The Leukaemia Foundation was formed as the Lions Leukaemia Foundation under the umbrella of the Holland Park Lions Club in Brisbane.
Last updated on February 19th, 2018

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