Hot cross buns provide lifeline to families facing childhood cancer

5 May 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Hot cross buns provide lifeline to families facing childhood cancer|

FAMILIES of children with cancer in Hobart and surrounding suburbs have received a much-needed funding boost from the sale of Coles traditional hot cross buns.

Twenty cents from the sale of each pack at Coles stores in Tasmania, including the Glenorchy store, helped fund vital services and over-the-phone counselling provided by children’s cancer support organisation Redkite.

Redkite has provided about 3,000 hours of direct or indirect counselling to families across Australia in the last year, with the organisation bracing for a surge in demand for support in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Redkite chief executive officer Monique Keighery said it was important to support local children with cancer and their families, with 22 families in greater Hobart having received assistance since 2019 Easter.

“The health and wellbeing of our families and communities is a major concern for all of us,” she said.

“But COVID-19 presents an even greater risk to children with cancer who have a compromised immunity, and their families are facing enormous additional pressures during what was already the toughest time imaginable.

“Redkite’s telephone, email and video counselling services are providing a lifeline for those families when other face-to-face support can’t be delivered any more, and our financial assistance is helping families with the basics like food on the table and fuel in the car.

“We need to do more to ensure these families are not alone.

“Yet again, the amazing Coles team and customers have come forward in support of these Aussie kids and families, and I am confident with this generous support we can continue to meet their needs.”

Coles Tasmania general manager Mark O’Connor said since 2013, Coles customers and team members had raised more than $35 million to support children with cancer and their families.

“It’s heartening to know that through the sale of our much-loved hot cross buns we are helping to provide much-needed relief to Hobart families.

“Many of our team members have children of their own and are passionate about supporting a charity that does so much for families whose lives have been devastated by cancer.”

Caption: Redkite chief executive officer Monique Keighery with Coles hot cross buns.

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