Pirate day is held in Term 3 each year. It is a fundraising program for Childhood Cancer Support, a registered charity which supports both the children with cancer along with their families.
Childhood cancer places a huge burden on families financially and emotionally. Once diagnosed, children are often forced to leave their homes and travel long distances to reach treatment, without the support of family and friends close by.
The reality is:
- 37% of families go into debt due to the financial burden
- Many childhood cancer survivors experience long term effects not only from the disease, but also its related treatments
- 35% of children previously diagnosed with cancer will relapse within the first 2 years of remission
- The emotional impact on families can last a lifetime
Childhood Cancer Support endeavours to reduce the impact childhood cancer has on families by providing a range of support services designed to keep the family together. Services include medium to long-term accommodation as well as financial and emotional support and are provided at no cost to families of children with cancer of any kind.
Childhood Cancer Support is the only specialised medium to long-term children's oncology accommodation facility on the East Coast of Australia. With an increasing number of families in need of accommodation and only limited facilities available, Childhood Cancer Support has embarked on a campaign to raise $10 million to build a larger facility. This facility will not only help meet the growing need for accommodation, but also provide the ability to expand programs to better support parents and siblings of children with cancer throughout their journey.
The $1500 Challenge
We have been challenged by Brassall State School to raise more than $1500.00. This should be a walk in the park for a school with over 1000 children. If each member of our school community (children, staff and parents) donate $2.00 each we will have a visit from the Chaplain of Brassall State School in a chicken outfit. If we don’t raise $1500 the chicken will be visiting Brassall State School.
Please be ready to donate during the last week of term. I am looking forward to seeing all the pirates of Springfield Lakes on Friday 20th September.