Now in its sixth year, Pirate Day (formerly Pirate Day Friday) is a national fundraising initiative to raise money and awareness for research into the treatment and cure of childhood brain cancer.

Since 2015, with thanks to school groups, early learning centres and the businesses who participate, more than $300,000 has been raised to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for the disease through The Pirate Ship Foundation and The Kids’ Cancer Project. Both charities share a fundamental belief that scientific discoveries will improve outcomes for children affected by cancer.

The facts:

  • Brain tumours are the most common form of solid tumours among children.
  • Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease[1]
  • As with other tumours in kids and adults, surgery is the primary treatment, usually followed by traditional treatment and/ or chemotherapy
  • Because a child's brain is still developing, these treatments can result in more substantial and permanent side effects than they would for an adult.

To find out more about Pirate Day and register your event please visit

Your contribution counts and we couldn't do this without you!

Thank you from The Pirate Day Team


The Pirate Ship Foundation

The Pirate Ship Foundation is a bold and passionate community that funds vital research into childhood brain cancer through a range of initiatives, adventures, events and partnerships.

Childhood brain cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease.

The identification of improved treatment options for children with brain cancer is our primary objective, ultimately leading to a cure. 

To find out more about The Pirate Ship Foundation please visit: 

The Kids' Cancer Project

The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support, the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many types of cancer.

If you believe science is the solution join us. By working together, we will make a difference to help kids with cancer.

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