Can I participate or donate if I'm not in Australia?
Can I participate or donate if I don't live in Queensland?
You sure can. You can sign-up, participate and donate from anywhere in the world.
All funds raised are paid to the Cancer Council Queensland. We hope to have all Australian states on board for Junk Free June 2017.
Who gets the money that I raise?
100% of funds raised by Junk Free June are paid to the Cancer Council Queensland's nominated bank account. They fund Junk Free June in Australia and they pay a small royalty back to the not-for-profit Junk Free June organisation for the rights to run the campaign. Junk Free June is 100% owned by the Cancer Society of New Zealand, so all funds are supporting organisations dedicated to fighting cancer.
What if I already have a healthy diet?
That's great! You can still take part in Junk Free June. We all usually have something we know we shouldn't have and whatever your vice is, give that up for the month! We're supporting the Cancer Council Queensland with all of the money that we raise, so even if you live 'junk free' already, get behind us by participating and fundraising or donating!
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yep. For their donation, all donators will receive a tax-deductible receipt via email.
How can I take part?
You can participate solo or in a group. If you participate, fundraising is encouraged but it's not essential if you just want to live healthier for the month. Regardless of whether you fundraise or not, make sure you sign-up online so we can help you on your way.
You can also donate to Junk Free June itself, to your own campaign or to another participants' campaign. All donators will receive a tax-deductible email receipt. Help us spread the word by telling all your friends, family members and colleagues and get them involved!
What is 'junk food'?
You decide what your 'junk' is. As a general guide anything high in calories from sugar or fat is considered to be 'junk' food because it doesn't have a lot of nutritional value. Fast foods, fizzy drinks, candy, pre-prepared and/or pre-packaged foods can often contain a lot of calories from sugar, salt or fat and are often referred to as 'junk' foods. What you give up for Junk Free June is up to you - it can be one thing, like fast-food, or a bunch of things, like chocolate, lollies and energy drinks.
How does giving up junk foods relate to cancer?
What we eat and drink may cause around 30 percent of cancers in industrialised countries - making diet second only to tobacco as, in theory, a preventable cause of cancer. No particular foods or eating patterns are guaranteed to prevent cancer; however, some foods and eating patterns can reduce your risk. For healthy adults we recommend that you eat a diet that is mostly from vegetables and fruits, be physically active, and maintain a healthy body weight. Analysis of global research shows that about a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity – World Cancer Research Fund International