POSH began as a cocktail fundraiser for the Patient Oncology Services Hospice in Greenwich (now Greenwich Hospital). In 1999, the event was trialled as a gala ball by the newly appointed Cancer Council POSH Manager, Jenny Menzies.
She brought together the POSH Committee, a like-minded group of generous individuals who wanted to use their networks and skills to raise vital funds for Cancer Council. This included Gary Gerstle, the inaugural POSH Committee Chair of 10 years who set the scene for an inclusive event that brought philanthropists together toward a common cause.
21 years later, POSH is well regarded as one of Sydney’s premier social events and has raised over $17 million for life-saving cancer research, support, prevention, and advocacy.
The committed work and focused strategy of the POSH Committee has ensured that the event continues to grow every year.
With on-trend themes, an ever-growing list of exclusive auction items, and inspiring keynote speakers, POSH guests are promised delightful new surprises at every turn.
About Cancer Council
Cancer Council is the only organisation that works across the entire cancer journey. Our vision is to minimise the threat of cancer for all Australians, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.
To realise our vision Cancer Council undertakes a broad range of activities:
Research - We are the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia. Each year we grant around $60 million to cancer research, research scholarships and fellowships.
Information and Support - Cancer Councils coordinate a network of cancer support groups, services, and programs to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families and carers. We provide evidence-based, up-to-date information about all aspects of cancer.
Prevention - Our early detection and prevention programs aim to help people quit smoking, protect themselves from the sun, eat healthier foods and engage in physical activity to reduce the risk of cancer.
Advocacy - Cancer Council advises the government on the needs of our stakeholders and provides an independent voice for improved cancer control policy based on the evidence.