Message from the CEO: July 2016

by Susannah Miall 22 Jul 2016

In a month that saw our ‘oldest’ Can Tooer Margaret-Anne Hayes jump from a plane as a part of her inaugural Jump into June event, our first deaf team captain Robbie lead his group at the Gold Coast Half Marathon with the help of his Auslan interpreter, Can Tooers embarking on new running challenges including trail runs and the our first international event training for the New York Marathon, I am reminded of one of my favourite quotes:

"This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
— George Bernard Shaw

Can Too changing community health outcomes

As we come to the end of our first full financial year as the Can Too Foundation I want to extend huge thanks to our supporters over the past 12 months including:

  • Our 1,700+ participants running, swimming and cycling
  • Our 40,000+ supporters and donors
  • Our team of over 150+ wonderful volunteers; event day helpers, Saturday energy champions, office volunteers, board members
  • Our incredibly dedicated staff

Together, in the 2015/16 financial year you have helped raise over $1.8million for health promotion initiatives and cancer research programs!

Thank you. 

Last year we looked in detail at the social return on investment (SROI) that Can Too delivers with a pro bono study led by a leading management consultant company. The findings show that Can Too delivers a social return of $3.58 for every $1 invested. The dual benefits of investment in Can Too come from the improved health outcomes through being physically active and the investment into cancer research.

The importance of our Centurion program

Can Too relies on private and corporate funding to support our health promotion vision and allows us to leverage this investment to give greater returns to cancer research.

It’s a win-win and I would love to hear from you if you think you can support us through investing in our programs that are creating social change or want to learn more about our SROI: susannah@cantoo.org.au.

Thank you to our current partners, especially our Principal Supporter Macquarie Group Foundation and our current Centurions who make this possible.

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