$25,000 grant gives back childhood in the NT
Much needed relief and support for children facing cancer has been made possible through a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) grant of $25,000 from the Northern Territory Government. The grant has sucessfully funded several awesome camps and other Camp Quality services and programs for families in the Territory.
A weekend Family Camp, transport costs for 13 kids and volunteers to a 4-day school holiday camp in Northern Queensland and Family Fun Days in Darwin and Alice Springs were all run in the NT in 2019. These programs not only give a break from the daily ups and downs of the caner experience but change the cancer story by creating moments where kids facing cancer can just be kids again.
Jody Hilton knows the impact these vital funds have more than most. Her daughter Maddison was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour at three years old. She attended a camp in Darwin this year with her family and says, “The camp gave our children an opportunity to experience new activities and places, whilst forming friendships with children who understand the complexities of having a sibling diagnosed with cancer”.
Vanessa Bullman, National Family Program Manager says – “Due to the geographical size of the Territory, at times we struggle to deliver equitable support. Families living with cancer in regional and remote areas often do not get the support they so desperately need. These funds have ensured we could send priority families on camp”.
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