19 March 2020
Cancer Council SA is making an urgent call for support, calling on all South Australians to help fund their vital programs and services for those impacted by cancer in our community.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said the unprecedented start of the year, combined with the financial and economic effects of COVID-19, has had a significant impact on their fundraising income, forcing the organisation to make an urgent appeal for support.
“Australia has entered into uncharted territory with the recent bushfires, economic downturn, financial market declines and the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing us to make decisions that we’ve never made before, including cancelling or postponing all upcoming fundraising events, along with cancelling community education sessions and workshops.”
“These decisions have not been made lightly, but nothing is more important to us than the safety of our community and the people we support.”
“As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves it is likely there will continue to be even more disruptions to how we are able to fulfil our core mission to support South Australians impacted by cancer—which is why we are asking for donations now,” he said.
Cancer Council SA is the largest cancer charity in the state and is the only charity that supports South Australians across every stage of their cancer journey.
The organisation funds vital cancer research, prevention and support programs, including Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project and the SunSmart Schools Program, along with two accommodation facilities on Greenhill Road and Dequetteville Terrace offering a combined 120 rooms for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for treatment.
With those going through cancer treatment considered high-risk for COVID-19, Mr Size says that these services are now more important than ever before.
“It’s a scary and uncertain time for all South Australians, but even more so for people going through a cancer diagnosis.”
“Throughout the sudden and overwhelming emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, 27 South Australians will continue to be diagnosed with cancer every day.”
“These uncertain times won’t stop the impact of cancer in our community, and in some instances it may even exacerbate it,” he said.
“We need to be there to be able to continue to fund research and prevention programs and provide practical support services at a time where, even more than usual, those with cancer need us most.
“We not only greatly value, but heavily rely on support from the community. Donations are the very lifeblood of our organisation and the support of South Australians will go a long way to ensure we continue to provide assistance to those during this incredibly difficult and uncertain time.”
You can make a difference and support Cancer Council SA by donating online at www.cancersa.org.au/supporting-all-south-australians.
Interviews with Mr Size can be arranged on request by contacting Natasha Baugh on 0400 855 244.