It has been a truly challenging start to 2020. First the horrific bushfires and now a global pandemic, which is having extraordinary impact on all aspects of our lives.
On that note, I must share the troubling news that we are facing unprecedented interruption to our fundraising efforts, with our major events and fundraising campaigns postponed or cancelled. This is placing our support programs at risk of being reduced or cut.
I cannot begin to contemplate the harm this might do to people living with cancer who need our support, and so I must ask if you will make a much needed donation today to help safeguard our vital support services.
People receiving and recovering from cancer treatment are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Their compromised immune system increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, and could result in a more severe infection, with potentially devastating results.
Now, more than ever, we need your help to ensure we can continue to offer vital support to these people.
COVID-19 is scary for all of us, but it is especially scary for people going through cancer treatment, who subsequently have compromised immune systems. We are making all the necessary adjustments to our vital programs to ensure the most vulnerable members of our community have safe and meaningful support.
Our accommodation centres have introduced measures such as heightened cleaning regimes and restricted visitation.
We are also working closely with health authorities to ensure our guests are connected with the most up-to-date information and advice.
Most importantly, we are continuing to provide cancer patients and their families with an extremely safe environment, close to the best medical care available.
Our education support programs continue to work with children and young people living with cancer to keep them engaged with their education.
As children vulnerable to infection have had to move into isolation (even those who had returned to their regular classroom), our education coordinators are on hand with virtual lessons and resources to keep them connected.
Our partnerships with Melbourne Health and The Royal Melbourne Hospital are continuing as normal, and our funding agreements remain in place.
The researchers we fund each year are dedicated to finding the answers to the infinite questions raised by cancer.
Their work at the ACRF Translational Haematological Laboratory paves the way to create new treatment pathways.
Supporting our staff and volunteers
We are taking critical steps to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and protect our staff and volunteers.
Head Office Closure
To comply with direction surrounding COVID-19, and ensure the safety of our staff, our head office in Melbourne is closed until further notice.
All of our staff continue to operate as usual from their homes, and are contactable via email.
For all general enquiries please call (03) 9342 788 or contact us via email.
Front Line Staff
Our accommodation centre managers continue to work incredibly hard each day to ensure our guests are safe and well-cared for.
Measures put into place at the centres not only protect our guests, they also ensure our front-line staff are as safe as possible.
Fight Cancer Foundation's two recycle shops are closing temporarily due to COVID-19.
Please, if practical, hold on to any donations until we re-open.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please look after yourself, your family and your community.
Cancer never takes a break, and Fight Cancer Foundation’s practical support services are needed now more than ever. Please donate today.