World Cancer Day 2022

World Cancer Day is an international initiative which takes place every year on 4 February, and inspires individuals and communities to unite against cancer.

This year World Cancer Day is extra special as it coincides with the 20th birthday of Cancer Research UK. CRUK  is the world’s leading independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

If you would like to start a fundraiser this World Cancer Day to show you support for Cancer Research UK or another charity that is close to your heart, GoFundMe is here to support you every step of the way.


Simple set up – You can choose from a list of registered charities and personalise your GoFundMe in just a few minutes.


Automatic donation delivery – Funds are safely and automatically delivered to the charity and donors receive a tax-deductible receipt.


Social media – Harness the power of social media to raise awareness and further your impact. Use #WorldCancerDay to join the conversation

Meet some GoFundMe heroes who are raising money for charity and uniting against Cancer

Jamie, 23, from Glasgow is taking on not one, not two but FIVE marathons this year to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is taking on this epic challenge in memory of his friend Murray who died from a brain tumour aged 22.

Lauren,36, was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after getting married. As she underwent chemo she was given a cold cap to help preserve her hair. When she found out that each cold cap machine costs a whopping £20,000 she decided she wanted to do something about it. She is currently raising funds for  Clatterbridge Cancer Charity who fund the machines. She has raised more than £15,000 so far.

Rob took on a 1000Km walk along the The Israel National Trail (INT) to raise funds for Cancer Research in memory of his dad who died from acute myeloid leukemia during lockdown. Rob raised an amazing £23,031

How to raise money for charity

Feeling inspired? Whichever charity you want to raise funds for this World Cancer Day, GoFundMe is here to help. Here are some ideas on how to raise money for charity.

  • Challenge yourself: Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, or swimming – challenge yourself to complete an activity while encouraging your supporters to help you meet your fundraising goal. Pro tip: Create urgency by setting a target date to complete both your challenge and fundraising goal.
  • Shave and grow: From no shave November, rocking a unique mustache, or braving the shave any time of year, use your locks for good.
  • Host an event: Gather your friends for quiz night, organise a cake sale or host a coffee morning  to support a cause close to your heart. 
  • In memory: Honour a loved one or friend by starting a scholarship, or fundraising for a cause their loved one cared about most.

Top charity fundraising tips


Focus on the why: Explain why the charity is important to you and add details that inspire empathy from your donors. In short, you want to be clear, concise and heartfelt.


Share, share, share! Gather groundswell support by letting the people closest to you know about the fundraiser first. Then use social media to spread the word about your fundraiser, and ask all your donors to share. Pro tip: Start a fundraiser-based hashtag so your supporters can easily stay connected and spread the word.


Post updates: Re-engage your donors by posting updates, like upcoming events, photos, results of a challenge, share gratitude, and specific call to action for your supporters.