Sweet Christmas campaign to help families with children with cancer

CHRISTMAS CHARITY: Coles staff members Tim Soares and Suzanne Hazell are hoping to raise money for Red Kite with the sale of gingerbread men. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
CHRISTMAS CHARITY: Coles staff members Tim Soares and Suzanne Hazell are hoping to raise money for Red Kite with the sale of gingerbread men. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Orange shoppers can help families affected by cancer in the lead up to Christmas as new findings show the need for financial support among cancer patients is 25 per cent higher across NSW at this time of year.

National cancer charity Redkite predicts financial assistance for children and teenagers affected by cancer will be in higher demand this holiday season due to rising travel and living costs.

To help Redkite provide financial and emotional support to children and teenagers with cancer and their families, a national Christmas campaign has been launched.

From now until Boxing Day, shoppers at the Orange Coles store can purchase a $2 Redkite donation card with 100 per cent of proceeds to go to Redkite.

Customers can also buy a $1 gingerbread man, with 20 cents from each sale going to Redkite until Christmas Day.

Redkite head of fundraising Isobel Lindley said cancer made Christmas a difficult time for too many families across the state.

“Unfortunately cancer doesn’t stop at Christmas and the pressure on families can be heightened when a child or young person is in hospital or very sick,” she said.

“By providing financial support, we can help with essentials like putting petrol in the car for those endless trips between hospital and home.

In December last year, Redkite supported 134 families across NSW, with household bills, putting food on the table and covering the hidden costs of cancer treatment.

Redkite support in NSW from January to September 2017:

- 706 individuals across the state accessed services

- 319 individuals accessed information, support and counselling services

- In NSW just over 80 per cent of the individuals supported by Redkite were either diagnosed young people or members of their family

- From January to September, 66 young people in NSW were supported by education and career support consultants and just over 100 children and young people received education grants

- In the first nine months of 2017, Redkite supported more than 400 NSW families with financial assistance