The Illawarra Cancer Carers are gearing up for their major fundraiser, and they want your help.
More than 300 people will attend this year's Banquet at the Beach at the City Beach Function Centre on Sunday July 21, with a goal of raising $140,000.
Tickets are limited but event chairman Craig Conway encouraged businesses or individuals to donate items for the auction.
"Everybody is a volunteer with the Illawarra Cancer Carers, so there's no administrative costs involved, which enables us to guarantee that every single dollar raised stays in the Illawarra," Mr Conway said.
"This year a large portion of the funds raised will go towards equipment at the palliative care unit at Port Kembla Hospital.
"It will be used to purchase vital equipment including syringe drivers, portable suction units and a portable bladder scanner.
"It will also fund six adjustable recliners and new mattresses for beds on the ward, as well as new beds for community patients, so they are able to stay at home at the end of their lives."
Equipment for palliative care patients at David Berry Hospital and for breast cancer patients at both Wollongong and Shellharbour hospitals will also be funded.
"The cancer carers have raised over $4 million for equipment, support services and research since its establishment - and that's thanks to the support of the community," Mr Conway said.
"I think most people have been affected by cancer in some way so they can see the tangible benefits in the equipment and services we help fund.
"They also see how the research we support may one day save lives - maybe of someone they love."
To donate to the cause call Mr Conway on 0418 303 999.