is a registered charity. We help Chinese cancer patients and their
families with information service and support groups.
women, two former cancer patients and one former carer, experienced
the benefits of support groups and the value of information during
their battle with cancer. It was their wish that Chinese language
speaking cancer patients will be able to have similar supports in
their own language.
With the help of
Cancer Council and a generous donor who provided free meeting rooms,
the women began to offer information service and group meetings in
Chinese languages in July 1995. They called their organization “CanRevive”.
It was the first
time such a service was ever offered in Australia.
The name CanRevive
in Chinese means “making-over of oneself".
We encourage our
members to manage their illness by understanding themselves, the
cancer they are afflicted with and the treatment they are being
We want to provide
an environment whereby cancer patients can share their experience
with other survivors and learn new skills on the way.
We want to provide
our members a sanctuary where they can express their fears and
hopes; joys and sorrow without indulging in unrealistic hopes.
We provide the
following free services:
and hospital visits by trained volunteers
Telephone support for the home-bound
based support group meetings
Quarterly outings and picnics to places of interest
for carers of cancer patients
• Opportunities to learn new
interests such as Chinese calligraphy, yoga, singing, and handcrafts
Information in Chinese language through:
Monthly talks on cancer and related matters by top professionals
On-line information from CanRevive Website
multi-media Library Service
annual information luncheon
• We also
run an annual fund raising dinner which is our main fund raising
the backbone of our work.
We are aided by:
and Commonwealth Health Department for funding of project
Council of NSW for on-going support
from Royal North Shore Hospital for training our
panel of expert professional advisors for our various activities
bi-lingual health professionals for monthly information
Financial support from corporate sponsors such as Qantas, Westpac
and Chinese community organisations
Financial support from individual donors
Chinese media for promotion and dissemination of cancer related
To date, we have
helped well over 1000 cancer patients and their families.
Every week, over 80
people attend activities in our centre.
In recent years,
our services touch the lives of about 200 new cancer patients each
year, one third of them are referred by hospitals and two thirds of
them are walk-in’s from the street.
We have a culture
of dedication, compassion and single mindedness to improve the
quality of life of cancer sufferers.
We draw on the
traditional strength in the Chinese culture of interdependence. We
enhance the support of the family, the community and at the same
time, emphasize the spirit of self-reliance.
As a volunteer
based service, we have low administrative costs and a flat
We have unstinting
support from our members, patients who share their spiritual
strength with fellow members.
We have recognition
from all levels of government.
We have generous
If you are a corporate body, sponsor our activities and put us in your
If you are professionals in the health field, join our panel of speakers' list.
If you are a cancer patient or a family member, contribute your ideas and keep
up with our activities.
If you are a government funding body, let us know how you can help us gain more
funding and provide better
All donations made to CanRevive Inc. are