If you are holding any kind of fundraiser you may be asking the question ‘which charities can I donate to that are local?’

Here is a list in alphabetical order of FNQ based charities with a link straight to their homepage so you can get in touch directly to show your support:

*Please note this is a growing list to have a central point dedicated for local based charities. If there are any that you wish to see included, please email email/hello)( with your suggestions.


Annies Army

In November 2017 Annie surrounded by family and friends lost her battle with massive heart complications! In early 2018 Annie’s Army was established to help raise much needed funds for the Cairns Cardiac Unit. Our aim is to raise 10k per year to hopefully help other families going through tough times via Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

Care For Ciara

Ciara is 3 yrs and 9 mths old, she is a bright and bubbly young girl who was born prematurely at 32w+5d at Cairns Base Hospital. She is strong of mind, heart and will but Ciara has Cerebral Palsy - Spastic Diplegia which means her little legs are not so strong.

The Girl = Ciara The Goal = Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery The Target = Raise $150K between 01 April and 31 July 2018

Cancer Council Queensland

We are Queensland’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer.

Every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it
most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer.

We have nine regional offices located throughout Queensland, in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba. 

With community support we are getting closer to a cancer-free future every minute, every hour, every day.

Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital (COUCH)

Founded in 2006, COUCH is a community action group formed to raise funds and awareness in order to improve the facilities and services available to cancer sufferers in the Cairns region.

Far North Hospital Foundation

We are a Far North Queensland charity with Tax Deductible and Gift Recipient Status. Fundraising activities include (but are not limited to): charity and sporting events, commercial management of the Cairns Hospital Car Park, dcafe and Sea Breeze Cafe. All funds raised are directed to funding equipment over and above what is provided by Queensland Health.

Since the Foundation’s inception more than 20 years ago, it has contributed more than $15 million to improving health care in the Far North.

We support Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, or in geographical terms - from Cardwell to the Torres Strait.

This area includes nine hospitals, two multi-purpose health services and 53 primary health centres and encompasses a population of about 270,000 people.

Our hospital and health service primary care areas: womens, paediatric, indigenous, men's, cardiac, thoracic and mental health, orthopaedics, general, emergency and tropical medicine, cancer care, medical research, rural and remote, health education including preventative lifestyle strategies.

FNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce

In June 1995 the FNQ Taskforce for the Prevention of Youth Suicide was formed in response to the alarming rates of youth suicide in the region. The work of the Taskforce has continued and expanded with many initiatives developed for the community.  The Taskforce's goals are to implement, support and promote strategies which aim at the reduction of suicide and self-harm. During the year 2000, the Taskforce celebrated 5 years of work for and with the community. To be responsive to the needs of all age groups in the community, the Taskforce voted to be now called “FNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce” and is now able to fill a broad role in the community. Activities are carried out under the auspices of the Dr Edward Koch Foundation.

Golden Octopus Foundation

Charity Created by Keely Johnson in 2015 to cover all childhood cancers.

‘Our foundation will be built on love, fun and hope. We will help the families, raise money to help with research and access to trials that children may never get, we will strive to get better facilities in the regional areas to stop families having to come to the major centres as much.
We will laugh and cry together, we will fight for a cure but most of all we will put all the arms of our octopus around each and every one of you.’

Leukamia Foundation Cairns

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only Queensland charity dedicated to improving health outcomes for all blood cancer patients. It provides a range of free support services and information for patients to give them the best chance of survival and improve their quality of life. The charity, which receives no ongoing Government funding, also invests in world-leading cancer research to find better treatments. Visit to find out more about blood cancers and how you can help the Leukaemia Foundation beat them

Pyjama Foundation

Helping foster kids achieve their dreams

The Pyjama Foundation was founded in 2004 to give children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.

Alarmed at the statistics highlighting poor literacy and numeracy levels of children in care, and how this contributes to a lifetime of disadvantage, founder Bronwyn Sheehan made a decision – a decision to offer hope and a more positive outlook for these children.

Through a simple program known as the Love of Learning Program, volunteers called Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in care, and spend just one hour a week focusing on learning based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud, play educational games, and help children with their homework. In that time, they demonstrate that this child is valued and loved.

Ruth’s Women’s Shelter

Ruth’s Women’s Shelter is a feminist not for profit organization that provides secure crisis accommodation ensuring optimum safety, guidance and support to women and children escaping Domestic Violence and Family Violence.

Ruth’s has been operating since 1977 thanks to the foresight of the four women founders, Ruth Thomas, Pat O’Hara, Joan Trewern and Jean Bleyerveld who initially formed the Women’s Electoral Lobby in Cairns in 1975.  Ruth’s has had ‘3 births’ in relation to accommodation with the first two being houses and the current property being purpose built for the Shelter to provide 6 individual rooms to house 6 families with common areas, eg, kitchens, lounge rooms, children play areas.

We believe women desire to live a life free of violence and we assist women to work towards this goal by providing the following in a non-judgmental, respectful and dignified environment.

  •  safe and secure accommodation
  • information
  • referral to relevant Services
  • 24 hour support
  • practical assistance
  • emotional support
  • confidentiality and privacy

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Sands Queensland provides support, information, education and advocacy for parents and families who experience the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death or other pregnancy losses.


Selectability is a not-for-profit, community mental wellbeing and suicide prevention service supporting the people and communities within our chosen markets of northern, central and western Queensland. We have a proud and respected record of service delivery and success in helping bring about positive outcomes for individuals and for communities across our diverse region. Our focus is always the individual and their personal goals and aspirations. Our approach is holistic, understanding that a truly fulfilling life involves purposeful mental, physical, emotional, home life, work, financial and personal wellbeing. We believe in the power of people working together and supporting each other for a better future.