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Pirate Day Friday


Pirate Day Friday is an annual national day of playfulness, dressing up and fun to raise awareness and much-needed funds for childhood brain cancer. 

Pirate Day Friday was established by a Perth family, the Colgan Family, to support childhood brain cancer research following the diagnosis of their son Conor.

Every dollar raised through Pirate Day Friday are allocated to scientific studies to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood brain cancer through The Pirate Ship Foundation in Western Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project in all other Australian states and territories.

In 2018, money raised by Pirate Day Friday  in Western Australia was donated to the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre Brain Tumour Research Program. 


Funds generated by Pirate Day Friday in all other Australian states and territories will help to fund a study lead by Dr Bryan Day at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.  Its aim is to develop personalised medicine to treat Medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade brain tumour which most commonly affects children.

Did you know:

  • More than 190 children aged one to 14 die from cancer in Australia each year.
  • Almost half of these deaths is related to a child with brain cancer.
  • In 2017, the Australian Government expected brain cancer to be the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in people aged 0-24.

Source: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-in-australia-2017/contents/table-of-contents