Our focus in 2018 is on one key event, the Lifecycle Team Challenge

The Lifecycle Team Challenge asks you to get a group of friends or colleagues together to see how many kilometres you can accrue on a spin bike over a four-hour period on the afternoon of Friday 26 October 2018. To learn more, click here.

Event History

2018 is the sixth year of the Lifecycle event. The true inspiration for the Lifecycle event came from a founding member of the Lifecycle committee, who is a three-time survivor of Lymphoma. His dedication to ‘give back’ to the Leukaemia Foundation in return for the years of support provided to him and his family by the Foundation resulted in the Lifecycle idea being conceived.  Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the support of the Canberra and surrounding regional NSW communities in embracing Lifecycle. We are extremely passionate about Lifecycle, and we are dedicated to making it bigger and better each year for all involved.

Since its inception, Lifecycle has raised over $150,000 in support of the Leukaemia Foundation in the ACT and surrounding regions.


The aims of the Lifecycle Event are to:

  • raise awareness of the essential work of the Leukaemia Foundation; and
  • raise funds toward the operation of a purpose-built John James Village for the ACT/NSW Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation here in Canberra.

The funds you raise from participating in Lifecycle will go towards the signature program of the John James Foundation – The John James Village.

The John James Village is a purpose built facility that provides short-term accommodation for patients undergoing treatments in Canberra for a range of problems, including (but not limited to) Leukaemia.

Lifecycle is committed to working in partnership with the Leukaemia Foundation and the John James Foundation to support this wonderful new facility.



The Lifecycle Committee consists of a dedicated group of unassuming individuals, who don’t seek recognition, and who are collectively driven to ensure that the Lifecycle Event is hugely successful and is thoroughly enjoyed by everybody involved.  There are many task areas for the planning and execution of the Lifecycle Event that the Committee is responsible for, including event coordination, public relations, communications, marketing, sponsorship, volunteer management and administration.

The collaboration between Committee members is a truly uplifting experience, as we strive toward a common goal to serve the ACT and Southern NSW communities in assisting the essential work of the Leukaemia Foundation. Further to this, to see our efforts in turn facilitate the genuine support of members of the public, businesses and school groups to rally behind the cause, is rewarding beyond words.

We welcome new Committee members, so if this outline of the Lifecycle Committee environment is appealing, please contact us.

Mark Blake, Lifecycle Committee chairperson

The Leukaemia Foundation

Blood cancer changes the lives of thousands of Australians every year, and the Leukaemia Foundation is ready to help them face the challenges ahead.

The Leukaemia Foundation provides personalised and practical support for people affected by blood cancers and related blood disorders, and their loved ones.  Blood cancers include leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.  All services are delivered at no cost to patients and families and are available in metropolitan, regional and rural areas across Australia.

The services provided by the Leukaemia Foundation include education and support programs, accommodation, a transport program, and other practical and emotional assistance to patients and families to help reduce the impact of blood cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, and relies on the generous support of the community taking part in events like Lifecycle to fund its’ essential services.

For further information go to www.leukaemia.org.au.

John James Village

John James Village is Canberra’s home-away-from-home for people with life-threatening blood cancers. Opened in 2016, the John James Village provides a sanctuary for patients undergoing treatment at nearby Canberra Hospital for conditions such as leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma and other blood cancers.

The Village was funded by the John James Foundation, a leading Canberra-based health charity and is proudly operated by the Leukaemia Foundation. It is located in Garran on land generously donated by the ACT Government.

The Village comprises:

  • Independent accommodation provided at no-cost for blood cancer patients and their families/carers, including a one-bedroom unit, four two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom units;
  • A Recreation Building, providing a communal area for patients and their families / carers;
  • Tranquil landscaped grounds, and
  • An Administration Building, consisting of an onsite office for the Leukaemia Foundation where they provide additional support and care from.

Go to www.jjvillage.org.au for further information or to take a virtual tour of John James Village courtesy of Rodrigo Vargas Architectural Photographer.