The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark’s diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2014. The Mark Hughes Foundation’s mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families.


Brain cancer receives less than 5% of all federal gov. cancer research funding!


Approx 1200 Australians die of brain cancer each year


Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease


Thanks to you since 2014 Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign has raised >$10M

< 40

Brain cancer kills more Australians under 40 than any other cancer


Brain cancer survival rates have increased just 1% over the past 30 years


Only 2 in 10 people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive at least 5 years

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1600/year, or about one person every five hours is diagnosed with brain cancer

1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books. Canberra: AIHW. Five year averaged mortality all ages (2010-2014). 2NHMRC Funded Research Into Cancer And Other Malignant Neoplasms 2000 – 2014 (published and accessed 2015). NHMRC Sources: Extracted from NHMRC research databases RGMS/RMIS/GMS as at Mar 14. 3Cure brain cancer research of 1,010 nationally representative australian aduts aged 17+ July 2014.


Sneak Peek of 2019 Beanie!

Even though the 2019 MHF beanies don't go on sale 'til June 1st... We just couldn't wait any longer to show you!

What a day for a knight!

Find out the story behind the "Magic Beanies" campaign and why chain mail is not a glamorous fashion accessory!

WIN a Toyota HiLux!

Win a Toyota HiLux as part of the 2019 Matt Callander Race Day. Tickets are $1000 each and there are...

Upcoming Events

2019 Matt Callander Race Day

MHF Supporter Event

The Australian Turf Club along with the Callander family would like to invite you to the Matt Callander Race Day...

Entertainment Book 2019/2020

Hosted by MHF

Pre-order your 2019/2020 Entertainment Book and in doing so support the MHF.

Save the Date - NRL Beanie Round

MHF Supporter Event

Dates, venues and ticketing information for the 2019 NRL Beanie Round July 25 - July 28.

Save the Date - Beanie Week

Hosted by MHF

Keep an eye on this website and social media to get the scoop on all the latest news for the...

Bowling for Bruno - Charity Bowls Day

MHF Supporter Event

Tweed Heads Bowls Clubs presents the inaugural ‘Bowling for Bruno - Charity Bowls Day’, raising funds and awareness for the...

2019 MHF Magic Ball - SOLD OUT!

Hosted by MHF

Thanks for your fabulous support. Once again our 2019 MHF Magic Ball tickets have SOLD OUT!

Around Australia for Brain Cancer Research – In memory of Jennifer Handley.

MHF Supporter Event

Ian Handley lost his wife to breast then brain cancer in early 2018. In her memory and to raise funds...



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