ANZUP is fighting cancer, below the belt
The Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group was formed in 2008, bringing together a multidisciplinary membership of doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, scientists, researchers and community representatives to fight below-the-belt (testicular, bladder, kidney, prostate and penile) cancers.
ANZUP aims to improve outcomes for people affected by these cancers by exploring and defining priority areas in below-the-belt cancer research, by investigating:
- which data deserves attention
- which treatments hold promise for the future
- which drugs should be tested in clinical trials,
and most importantly, but understanding the main areas of concern for patients.
By performing clinical trials, ANZUP can generate new evidence for better treatments, or ways of providing other support.
ANZUP has members in every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand, with an increasing international membership.
ANZUP receives infrastructure funding from the Australian Government through Cancer Australia, but fundraising remains an important part of ANZUP’s activities to support new clinical trials.
ANZUP’s members and investigators are widely dispersed and busy working in a range of disciplines.
A trial idea only comes to fruition when ANZUP can provide opportunities for people to meet, explore the science, develop trial concepts and work through all the other documentation and processes.
Then it is necessary to initiate, progress, monitor and report the trial results.
All of this relies on the volunteer time of ANZUP members who are committed to making a difference in the lives of people affected by below-the-belt cancers.
“Every new ground-breaking treatment has been a result of clinical trials research,” ANZUP’s Chair, Professor Ian Davis, says.
About ANZUP’s clinical trials
Clinical trials are expensive, difficult and time-consuming and each of ANZUP’s clinical trials requires specific funding.
ANZUP’s goal is to one day be as independent as possible from the uncertainties of grant funding to allow the organisation to initiate and even complete trials using its own resources.
As a first step to achieving this independence and seed funding for new projects, ANZUP established the Below the Belt Research Fund in 2015.
Below the Belt holds events to raise funding to support this program through events such as the Below the Belt Pedalthon, being held in Sydney on Monday 28 November 2022.
“Every dollar raised through the Below the Belt Pedalthon goes to supporting research,” says Professor Davis.
“Do you know of many other charities with 100% investment of fundraising back into their cause?”
ANZUP’s Below the Belt Pedalthon, Sydney
On Monday 28 November 2022, ANZUP will be holding its eighth Below the Belt Pedalthon at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, after the pandemic caused it to be postponed since 2020.
“Since the pandemic began, we have had to get creative with our fundraising events, and this has meant virtual events since 2020,” says Lucy Byers, ANZUP’s Marketing, Events and Communications Manager.
“But there’s something special about being in-person again and we’re all really excited about our flagship fundraising cycling event, and bringing together our incredible supporters, members and the community.”
Founded in 2013, The Below the Belt Pedalthon aims to increase awareness of below-the-belt cancers and raise vital funds to improve the lives of so many patients through clinical trials research.
Whether you are an avid cyclist, new to the sport or just looking for a challenge, ANZUP invites you to join the Pedalthon to help those living with cancer.
The Pedalthon promises to provide a unique event to network with the community, promoting teamwork, healthy competition and fun.
Every cent raised by the Pedalthon goes directly towards clinical trial research to improve the lives of over 27,500 Australian and New Zealand men and women affected by testicular, prostate, kidney, penile and bladder cancer every year.
Since its inception, the Pedalthon has raised more than $1.72 million and funded 32 below-the-belt research projects.
Registration for a team of six is $2200, with early bird registration of $2000 available.
Individual registration is $350 and organise invites those who are unable to participate as cyclist to join the sideline support team to cheer on the teams.
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Register here and you’ll be supporting practice-changing multidisciplinary collaborative clinical trials.
Working with Accounting for Good
True Accounting has provided support to ANZUP with a skilled team of not-for-profit accounting specialists for the last nine years.
As a not-for-profit charity with a growing portfolio of clinical trials and research, scientific education and fundraising initiatives, ANZUP identified the need for accountants with technical knowledge and expertise, who truly understood the complexity of its organisation.
“This is what True Accounting provides for ANZUP,” Lucy says.
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