No one’s ready for the life-changing impact a cancer diagnosis has on a child and family’s life. But what if you had a head start. What if you could help reduce the impact from the outset?
5-year-old William saw our puppet show in his first year at school.
“The puppet show was a bit of an eye-opener for me. I remember thinking, ‘Thank goodness that’s not my kid’. Oh, I was wrong!” - William’s mum, Alison
6 months later William was diagnosed with ALL.
Everything changed in an instant. With no paediatric oncology ward nearby the next day William and Alison flew more than 1,500 kms from their home in Alice Springs to Adelaide for treatment. William had never known anyone with cancer. But understanding something can make it less scary.
“One of the very first questions William’s oncologist Petra asked him was ‘Do you know what cancer is?’ and he said ‘Ah, yes’. I looked at him, thinking, ‘Really? How do you know what cancer is?’ He said, ‘Oh, because the puppets came to school.’ And I thought, ‘Ah, of course, yeah, they did.’
Our puppet show helps children understand what cancer is.YES! I'LL REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CANCER
It would be almost a year before William returned home, and to school.
When a child returns to school after a cancer diagnosis, it can be confronting and confusing for everyone. But with your support, our puppet show helps children and teachers understand.
Understand that you can’t catch cancer. Understand why and how their friend may feel, look, or behave differently than before. And most importantly understand how they can help.
Creating a supportive school environment reduces the impact of cancer for kids like William.
It’s thanks to the support of people like you that our puppet show can stay on the road, visiting more than 165,000 people in schools every year, right across Australia.
But the demand from families and schools for help is far greater than we can currently meet. The show also helps kids whose parent or loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Thousands of kids and schools are missing out. Thank you for helping kids like William today.
"Thank you for visiting my son’s school and putting on the puppet show last week! Such a fun way for kids to learn about cancer." – Rebecca, Camp Quality mum
"We are so grateful we can get to spend some time away with our kids, being looked after so well by the amazing volunteers. With all our heart we can't say thank you enough." – Luke, Camp Quality dad
"Thanks Mel and Dean from #campquality for visiting Maddie on day 3 of cycle 5 of chemotherapy - you sure put a smile on her dial and ours too!!" – Monique, Camp Quality mum
"A really big positive for me was that we met another family whose son had a similar diagnosis around the same time. We have already started texting and I think we will be really great support for each other." Kathy – Camp Quality mum
"I left Melbourne feeling broken and unable to go on and returned feeling like I was completely refreshed and ready to go again." Melinda – Camp Quality mum
"You're a very special charity that bring such wonderful and supportive people together in an environment so safe and fun ❤️. Love you all and love the families we met." Claire – Camp Quality mum
Call our hotline 1300 662 267