Australian businesses such as QBE Foundation, RAMS, Lorraine Lea, Bromic Group, Bayer Australia, Stylecraft and Apricity have continued their support of the national charity, The Kids’ Cancer Project, by this year committing further funds as part of the charity’s most ambitious fundraising initiative to date - to raise $1.7 million by 31 October through a matched giving appeal.
With 950 Australian children diagnosed with cancer each year and three passing-away every week, funding scientific projects in the fastest way to a cure.
The campaign, which started in August by requesting the support of corporate partners, trusts and foundations, and major donors, generated mass community support during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September) and is set to continue through to the end of October.
Philanthropic investment goes toward innovation grants to top researchers around Australia through collaboration with like-minded organisations. The Kids’ Cancer Project has committed to funding eight research projects through Cancer Australia's Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS).
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Award-winning financial service provider, RAMS has supported The Kids’ Cancer Project since 2018. Jake Bromwich, Managing Director of RAMS said: “The work at The Kids’ Cancer Project is particularly close to our hearts, and we are proud to join in their mission to support bold scientific research that will improve the treatments of childhood cancers.”
Australia's leading insurance provider, QBE Australia, has supported The Kids’ Cancer Project since 2013 through its corporate social responsibility initiative the QBE Foundation, and has donated over $650,000 to the charity.
“The QBE Foundation partners with impactful not-for-profits. This campaign to multiply giving will enhance The Kids’ Cancer Project’s mission to support bold scientific research that has the greatest chance of clinical success in the improvement of treatments for childhood cancers. We are really pleased to be able to support such a great initiative.” says Jason Clarke, Co-Chair QBE Foundation.
Partnering exclusively with The Kids’ Cancer Project for the third year is family-owned home-styling business, Lorraine Lea. Lorraine Lea’s Party for Kids with Cancer® is an annual fundraising appeal that runs nation-wide and which was established in honour of the company’s co-founder, Peter Ryan, who lost his battle with cancer. This year, Lorraine Lea are running an additional campaign and encouraging customers to donate $1 to The Kids’ Cancer Project with all purchases before 31 October. Their stylists also showed their true passion and support for the charity by raising more than $29,000.
Owen Finegan, CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project has seen firsthand the distance philanthropic and corporate social responsibility dollars can go and congratulated all the charity’s corporate partners for stepping up every day to help the three children and families who hear the words “Your Child has Cancer”.
We are thrilled that the business community continues to have an impact on scientific discoveries for kids with cancer by partnering with us and we invite more to do so,” said Owen. “The Kids’ Cancer Project offers organisations of all sizes the opportunity to multiply their impact up to four times through our current campaign.”