About The Hastings Cancer Trust

Who We Are

With cancer now the number 1 cause of death in Australia, the Hastings Cancer Trust was established in 2005 to link the generosity of the Hastings and Macleay communities with the needs of cancer patients and their carers. We aim to achieve nationally recognised, best practice standards of cancer care and research.

The Mid North Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia and therefore, must have the best possible cancer services and facilities available, without patients having to seek treatment in major metropolitan areas like Newcastle or Sydney.
Locally, we have recently seen a huge improvement in the delivery of cancer care services with the opening of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, allowing for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy treatment, we want to support the Centre and help ease the journey of local people battling cancer.
To date, the Hastings Cancer Trust has allocated more than $810,000 to numerous worthy projects thanks to a variety of fundraising events including our Glimmer Ball, Golf Days, Trivia Night and Fashion Parades. All money is raised by volunteers and with no administration costs, every cent raised goes to help cancer patients and their carers. Importantly, all funds raised stay in our local area!


  • Dr Stephen Begbie – Oncologist
  • Shane Ryan – Accountant, Ryan Financial
  • Brett Gilbert – Solicitor, Gilberts Legal
  • Wayne Evans – Magistrate
  • Peter Besseling – Mayor, Port Macquarie Hastings Council
  • Janine Graham – Digital Editor, Fairfax Media
  • Ron Fischer – Principal, First National Real Estate Port Macquarie
  • Patron – Dr David Gillespie, Member for Lyne (Federal)
  • Patron – Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie (State)

Friends of the Hastings Cancer Trust

  • The Friends of the HCT are a group who support the Trust and its vision by using some of their free time, talents and ideas to help fundraise.
  • If you are a local person who has been touched by cancer and are keen to help, you too can become a Friend of the HCT.
  • Contact us here if you would like to know more or become a Friend of the HCT