Innovative Bowel Cancer Australia named best small charity
Bowel Cancer Australia has been named Best Small Charity of the Year 2019 at the national Third Sector Awards in Sydney.
As the inaugural recipient of the award, the 100 per cent community-funded charity was rewarded for its contribution to the third sector (the not-for-profit and charity sector), including its engagement of stakeholders through innovative and unique marketing initiatives.
The award highlights the major impact Bowel Cancer Australia is having, despite the organisation's small size and limited budget when compared with comparable cancer charities.
Third Sector and a team of judges scored hundreds of entries across multiple categories to showcase the very best in the not-for-profit sector, from health and wellbeing to advocacy.
Members of the public were then given the opportunity to show their support for nominees through an online voting process.
"Recognition as Best Small Charity of the Year is testament to the consistently high standard of work and services provided by Bowel Cancer Australia and our commitment to championing what matters most to people affected by bowel cancer, across the care continuum," Bowel Cancer Australia CEO Julien Wiggins said.
Founded in 2000, Bowel Cancer Australia has become the leading community-funded bowel cancer charity, through initiatives such as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, BowelScreen Australia - a pharmacy-based screening program, and the Big Bowel Tour.
Bowel Cancer Australia offers the only Bowel Care Nurse Helpline and the highly popular Peer-to-Peer Support Network, often referred to by patients and loved ones as a "lifeline".
In addition, the charity provides a suite of patient information, publications, and resources - including the highest-ranking bowel cancer website in the country, an active online community of over 120,000 followers and the world's first bowel cancer app.