Community Achievement award for alumna

30 June 2011

Social Work graduate and founder and director of cancer-research charity Can Too, Anne Crawford, has won the 2011 University of Sydney Alumni Award for Community Achievement.

The award – which is presented to only one alumna or alumnus annually – recognises the contribution they have made toward enriching Australian society through their community service. Nominees come from across all faculties and a represent a diverse range of fields in community service. Previous recipients include Clover Moore MP, John Studdy AM FCA, and Associate Professor Ross Steele AM.

Ms Crawford started Can Too in 2005. The organisation combines fitness and fundraising by training non-athletes to compete in endurance events. So far it has trained more than 6000 people and raised more than $7m for cancer research.

"I began Can Too in the spirit of community involvement," Ms Crawford said.

"I'm astounded that the organisation has grown so much in such a relatively short time, has trained so many people to their personal goals, and has raised a phenomenal amount for cancer research.

"I'm humbled by the generosity and boldness of those I work with. I'm touched that my University has recognised and honoured me in this way and I'd like to express my gratitude on behalf of all those who've been with me along the way."

Ms Crawford will be a guest speaker at the University this semester. Details will be will be posted on the Alumni & Friends Events page as soon as they are available.