Bowls Victoria x Pancare Partnership

by Team BV

Let’s knock out cancer!

Bowls Victoria is stepping up to support Pancare Foundation improve the odds for Australia’s forgotten cancers – upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

We appreciate that Bowls is more than a sport; it’s a community of people who care for one another, especially those who are doing it tough, and Australians impacted by upper GI cancers are doing it tough. With the lowest survival rates of all major cancers, low funding, no early detection and limited treatment options, these cancers, which include pancreatic, stomach, liver, biliary and oesophageal cancers are always in last place. It’s time for that to change.

“We’re delighted to have the support from Bowls Victoria and their passionate community to join us on our mission to support more Australians impacted by these devastating cancers”, said Pancare Foundation CEO, Doug Hawkins. “By standing together and joining forces, we can have a much greater impact to champion awareness and understanding for upper GI cancers.”

“Upper GI cancers claim more Australian lives than leukaemia, breast and prostate cancer combined”.

“With the incidence of these cancers increasing each year, it’s likely that many members of the bowling community have been personally impacted and know all too well the heartache that these cancer can cause. That’s why the support of the bowling community will be incredibly important to raise awareness and vital funding for cancer research and access to patient support services that can ultimately make a big difference for those living with upper GI cancers,” said Hawkins.

“We look forward to working with Bowls Victoria, its clubs and members during the partnership across a range of initiatives to help knock out cancer.”

Bowls Victoria CEO, Tony Sherwill commented, “we look forward to welcoming the Pancare team to the Bowls Victoria family, in particular at our major events. Watch out for the purple shirts and pop your spare change in their fundraising tins when you can. We’ll be introducing a range of new joint initiatives over the coming months to support the cause, and there will be plenty that clubs and members can get involved with.”

“They’re a passionate and positive crew at Pancare, conducting some much needed work in an important area, so anything we can do to assist is worthwhile.”


Pancare Foundation is Australia’s leading charity committed to inspiring hope, raising awareness, supporting families and funding research for upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

With some of the lowest survival rates out of all the major cancers, Pancare is dedicated to improving outcomes for those affected by pancreatic, liver, stomach, biliary and oesophageal cancers. It’s their mission to improve survival and support for Australians diagnosed with these cancers.

Pancare’s solutions aim to accelerate change in the following ways:

Improving support

Pancare’s PanSupport program supports patients and their families from the point of diagnosis through to treatment and beyond. Though their team of dedicated specialists and resources, they help p patients and their families to better understand the diagnosis, the treatment options that are available to them and empower them to make informed decisions about their care. They also provide social and emotional support to families impacted by cancer through their counselling program and peer support groups.

Improving survival

Pancare supports support medical cancer research that aims to accelerate advancement in early detection, new treatments, enhanced patient care and clinical trials that help improve outcomes for Australians impacted by upper gastrointestinal cancers. By partnering with Australia’s leading research institutions, they hope to discover medical breakthroughs that will ultimately save lives.

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