Providing psychological and practical support, assistance and care for public hospital and underprivileged cancer patients in the community - 'Helping patients fight cancer with dignity'.

About us

The NELUNE Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that supports children, adolescents, adults and their families to cope with the impact of cancer by providing emotional support, care and post-operative medical aids that are not covered by government or private funding.

To date, over $28 million has been raised by the Foundation to provide practical and tangible help for cancer patients receiving treatment in the NSW public hospital service.

The NELUNE Foundation is committed to providing world-class facilities and services to cancer patients, regardless of their social or financial circumstances – 'Helping Patients Fight Cancer With Dignity'.

The NELUNE Foundation was co-founded by two friends in 2001, Nelune Rajapakse and Anna Guillan AM. With the support of the community, these two friends have been united in their quest to make a difference to the lives of those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Nelune is a cancer survivor who knows and understands the difficulties of being diagnosed with this illness.




All donations to the NELUNE Foundation are utilised in full to assist with the funding of a number of ongoing, long-term projects.

Rebecca Wilson Fellowship

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is proud to be the recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research. This fellowship, generously funded by the NELUNE Foundation, is awarded to a young female scientist at Garvan, and is a lasting legacy to sports journalist, the late Rebecca Wilson.

The inaugural recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research is Dr Christine Chaffer, a gifted breast cancer researcher who will be returning to Australia from the United States to take up this important role.

Dr Chaffer's research at Garvan will aim to determine the role and mechanism of breast cancer cell plasticity (the ability of a cancer cell to adapt and change its composition) in disease development and metastasis. By understanding these processes, and discovering how to halt them, it is hoped that personalised therapies can be developed that will, ultimately, improve breast cancer survival rates and provide a pathway to a cure.

Of the appointment, Professor David Thomas, Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Head of Garvan's Cancer Division said, "The Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research provides a means for one of Australia's brightest research talents to return to Australia. We are delighted to welcome Dr Chaffer to the Garvan Institute in 2017, and are sincerely grateful to the NELUNE Foundation, and to Rebecca Wilson's family for recognising the importance of this research."

The Fellowship will officially be launched in February 2017.

07 FEB 2017 - Our Bec is still changing lives (The Daily Telegraph)
07 FEB 2017 - Legacy Pioneers Research (Advertiser Adelaide)
08 FEB 2017 - Dr Christine Chaffer remembers Rebecca Wilson (video - The Daily Edition)
08 FEB 2017 - Rebecca Wilson honoured (video - The Daily Edition)

The Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre Randwick

The Nelune Foundation has embarked upon raising $5million to help fund the construction of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a world-class centre of cancer care excellence in the Prince of Wales Hospital Campus Randwick

The opening of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre in 2016 will bring together, under one roof, cancer services from Prince of Wales Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and our partners at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

It will be a cancer facility for all citizens - irrespective of age or socioeconomic status. Uniquely, the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre will house the Sydney Youth Cancer Unit, a state cancer genetics service and the internationally renowned gynaecological cancer service from the Royal Hospital for Women.

Our new Centre will create a physical environment that promotes recovery and ensures the best available treatment is delivered by teams of health professionals committed to public hospital medicine. Our vision for research-led excellence in cancer care will draw on the 400 cancer research scientists in the Lowy Cancer Centre at the nearby University of NSW. These researchers are working on new ways to diagnose and treat a range of cancers including brain cancer. The importance of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Randwick led the State Government to make a major contribution to the construction of this new purpose-built facility. Stage 1 of this facility opens early November 2014.

The Nelune Centre Darlinghurst

The Nelune Centre is located on the ground floor of the $100 million Kinghorn Cancer Centre (370 Victoria Street Darlinghurst Sydney) and is a world-class centre of excellence in patient cancer care treatment. It is a joint initiative between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and St Vincent’s & Mater Health Sydney.

It is a place of hope and dignity which provides fully integrated care to cancer patients, regardless of their personal or financial circumstances. Patients from all over New South Wales are referred to the Centre upon diagnosis and have access to world-class multi-disciplinary services including Oncologists, Clinical Psychologists, Researchers, Cancer Care Co-ordination, chemotherapy treatments in outdoor garden surrounds, transportation and other patient support services.

Cancer Care Services

Over the years, the Foundation has provided support to Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Young Adult Cancer Patient Services at Prince of Wales Public Hospital Randwick and adults in the Oncology Units at St Vincent's Public Hospital Darlinghurst, St George Hospital Kogarah, Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre Campbelltown, Sutherland Hospital Caringbah and public hospitals in the Greater Western Area Health Service which include the Orange Base Hospital and Bathurst Public Hospital.


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