The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a charity formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Mark's diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. 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.



Approx 1200 Australians die of brain cancer each year

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



Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease



Thanks to you since 2014 we've raised over $24 million to tackle brain cancer


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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

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2017. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books. Canberra: AIHW. Five year averaged mortality all ages (2010-2014). 2 NHMRC 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. 3 Cure brain cancer research of 1,010 nationally representative australian aduts aged 17+ July 2014

Upcoming Events

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Save The Date - NRL Beanie For Brain Cancer Round 16

The NRL Beanie round is Back! Get ready to support your team and the MHF for the beanie round June 30 to July 3!

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Save the Date - Beanie Week

Our dedicated Beanie for Brain Cancer Week is June 27th -1st July 2022.

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Return and Earn

You can help raise funds by donating your Return and Earn refund directly to the MHF.

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Ritchies Community Benefits

We would really appreciate all supporters who shop at Richies to please renominate MHF as your charity of choice.

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We have partnered with GiveGet to change the way you can donate to charity, giving you the opportunity to earn rewards for doing a little good.

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Entertainment Digital Membership

Order your Entertainment Membership and in doing so support the MHF.

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Mulletfest On Tour

Mulletfest is a special event design to celebrate the hairstyle that’s all about business at the front, party at the back.

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Ridin 4 Mates

A group of mates riding to raise funds in memory of Dale Harris & Mick Ford.

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2022 MHF Magic Ball - Save The Date

Join us for our 6th annual Mark Hughes Foundation Magic Ball for a spectacular night to remember.

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Greg Whitehead Fishing Challenge

The 7th Greg Whitehead Fishing Challenge will be held on the 19-21st Aug 2022 at Reflections Holiday Parks Burrinjuck Waters.

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