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Circle of 10

The Circle of 10 is a National Breast Cancer Foundation initiative which launched in May, 2015 in Sydney.

The group aims to join together likeminded, influential women who are passionate about philanthropy and have a particular interest in breast cancer research. Through the power of collective giving the women can have greater impact in changing the face and future of breast cancer in Australia.

The first Sydney Circle of 10 was championed by founding member Sanchia Brahimi who invited her personal network to learn more about NBCF research. The Sydney Circle has previously worked with Associate Professor Therese Becker, whose research aims to unlock the mysteries of why breast cancer spreads, sometimes after many years. This research has the potential to extend breast cancer patient survival.  Additionally, the Sydney Circle has worked with Associate Professor Elgene Lim. His research focuses on overcoming resistance to the hormone treatments used on the largest subtype of breast cancer – estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

The success of the Sydney Circle of 10 inspired other women to champion the cause in their networks. The Brisbane Circle of 10 launched in August 2017 and is currently working with Associate Professor Stacey Edwards, head of the Functional Cancer Genomics Laboratory at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her research aims to understand how changes in DNA drive breast cancer development.

Our newest Circle, the Melbourne Circle of 10 launched in May 2018.

Expanding interstate has given the Circles a powerful and strong national profile. The Circle of 10 will continue to grow and champion some of the best breast cancer research in Australia.


Our Goal:

The Circle of 10 embodies the words of renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Through their generous contributions, the Circles are able to patron a world class researcher for two years. This research has the potential to change the world for those impacted by breast cancer, now and in the future.

Circle of 10 members are invited to attend exclusive events, such as private laboratory tours and hear insights from extraordinary researchers and their teams.

The Circle of 10 is a strong reminder of what is possible when you bring together a committed group of citizens passionate about the mission.


Co- founder Sanchia Brahimi says;

“As a member, you become part of the fabric and family of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You are in a position to hear about the latest research and updates from NBCF-funded researchers. As we know breast cancer does not discriminate, and sadly we all know someone who is battling the disease or has done so in the past. However, it will feel empowering to know that by joining the Circle of 10, you will be working to protect future generations, including our daughters and nieces. Together, we can beat breast cancer.”


For more information about joining The Circle of 10, please contact:

Charney Rooza
0481 995 432