Each year, hundreds of seniors join Kids with Cancer Foundation as volunteers to help make today easier for the near 800 children under the age of 12 diagnosed with cancer every year – through volunteering opportunities such as joining our Care Pack sessions, gift wrapping at local shopping centres, and becoming advocates during community fundraising events like marathons, sausage sizzles and regattas.
Packing to show they care.
Each month, Kids with Cancer Foundation welcomes groups of volunteers to its offices in Castle Hill, Sydney to pack hundreds of Care Packs – which are filled with healthy snacks, activities, small games and toys, and hand-written cards of support – which are sent to children’s hospitals right across Australia to help take kids’ minds off cancer treatment.
From January 2022 to April 2023, Kids with Cancer Foundation have had over 50 groups of volunteers help to pack over 7000 Care Packs.
Regular volunteers include Rouse Hill Probus Group and a group of avid crafters, whose members also make knitted, quilted, and crocheted blankets, dolls and other items for the children being treated at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Kids with Cancer Foundation CEO, Todd Prees, said: “Our volunteers are our lifeblood. It is only through the help of our volunteers that we are able to send hundreds of Care Packs to kids with cancer all around Australia every week, and the help of volunteers in holding fundraising events is absolutely essential to supporting our programs, which help make today easier for kids with cancer and their families.”
To mark National Volunteer Week (15 to 21 May), Kids with Cancer Foundation is holding a morning tea for its volunteers on Thursday 18 May from 10am to 12-noon. To learn ore about Kids with Cancer Foundation, or to get involved, visit https://kidswithcancer.org.au/
ABOUT Kids with Cancer Foundation
Established in 1998, for 25 years Kids with Cancer Foundation has been making today easier for kids with cancer and their families – providing direct financial assistance to families in the form of payments for mortgage, rent, transportation, utilities and other bills or by supplying much needed grocery vouchers, whitegoods, wigs and sadly sometimes funeral expenses. Kids with Cancer Foundation funds clinical hospital staff, including paying the salaries for oncology fellowships, clinical nurse specialists and social workers, as well as contributing to the funding for research and hospital infrastructure, learn more at kidswithcancer.org.au.