At the 1974 Annual Convention, it was decided to adopt Cancer Research and other cancer related projects as ESA Australia's State Philanthropic project. This decision lead to the development of their relationship with the Cancer Council of Queensland (then known as the Queensland Cancer Fund) and it still continues today.
As the first major fund-raising event, they conducted the Ride For Life bike ride, in 1975, which covered a distance of 1200 miles from Cairns to Brisbane. This bike ride was so successful that it was held annually until 1984. In 1985, the annual Art Union was established which has been held every year since.
From the proceeds of the Bike Ride, $10,000 was established for the Cancer Research Travel Scholarship to be awarded annually for a suitable and qualified person. The scholarship's purpose is to further their studies abroad in the prevention, detection, treatment, and care of Queensland cancer Patients. The recipients were chosen by the Queensland Cancer Fund's Medical Advisory Team. The first scholarship was awarded in 1978 to Hilliary Heindorf who furthered her studies in Canada and England. The scholarship has run its course and is no longer offered.
Apart from the research scholarship, Cancer Council has supported other cancer related projects in various ventures which include:
-Supporting accommodation and cancer patient services at:
ESA Village accommodation for the Leukaemia Foundation - Dutton Park
Sunland Clem Jones Leukaemia Foundation Units - Nathan
Gluyas Rotary Lodge and Freemasons Leukaemia Village - Townsville
-Oncology Enrolled Nurse's Bursaries
-Establishment of Queensland's first Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
-Mater Hospital Baby Cord Blood Bank and Research Centre
-Promoting Daffodil Day by selling Cancer Council daffodil merchandise
-Many other local charities throughout Queensland
The most recent venture is the sponsoring of the ESA Wig and Turban Library. To date, more than $600,000 has been raised for Cancer Council Queensland.