The Kids’ Cancer Project is seeking significant pledges from philanthropists and the business community to fund life-saving scientific research for childhood cancer, the number one killer by disease in Australian children.
The call comes as part of the charity’s first Christmas For A Cure matched giving campaign sporting the slogan, “One donation. Twice the impact”.
Generous pledges will give Aussie kids diagnosed with cancer, along with their families, a message of hope as funds raised will go towards medical research to find kinder, more effective paediatric cancer treatments.
The fundraising target for the campaign is $700,000. Major donors and corporate partners are being asked to collectively pledge $350,000 this Christmas, so that donations collected by the charity from the public throughout the holiday period can be matched and the overall goal achieved.
With 950 children diagnosed each year and three passing away each week, funding scientific projects is the fastest way to a cure as Owen Finegan, The Kids’ Cancer Project CEO explains.
“Research is a long game,” he says. “Continued generous investment is needed if we are to find better treatments options that won’t impact a child’s health even when they’ve survived their cancer.”
“We’re grateful to already have had two major donors step up and make a combined commitment of $110,000 to our Christmas For A Cure matched giving appeal,” says Owen.
“So right now we’re chasing $240,000 from businesses and other philanthropists who want to make a genuine difference.”
On Thursday, 9 December, the charity is hosting a Christmas For A Cure luncheon at Sydney’s Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, with ticket sales contributing to the matched giving appeal. People interested in buying single tickets ($300 each) or a table of ten ($3,000) can contact Joanne Habler, Partnerships Executive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Scientific solutions are the only way to cure childhood cancer and our funding is helping researchers move quickly and decisively to pursue new ideas to make a real difference sooner,” says Owen.
“Our focus is on science that will allow 100 percent survival and the ongoing quality of life of those survivors.”
Some returns have a much bigger impact than just the bottom line. To make a significant and positive impact on the lives of children diagnosed with cancer, compassionate businesses and philanthropists are urged to contact The Kids’ Cancer Project on 1800 651 150.