Aussies to Camp In for Kids Facing Cancer
Registrations are now open for Camp Quality’s Camp In, supported by ALDI Australia, on Saturday 12th June. Camp In is a fun, national camping event with an important cause; to raise much-needed funds that give life-changing support to kids and families at every stage of the cancer experience.
It’s estimated that around 900 children aged between 0-14 were diagnosed with cancer in Australia in 2020 and that more than 25,000 children aged up to 15 years are impacted by a parent or primary carer’s cancer.
“Unfortunately, cancer rates are on the rise in Australia and not just in adults - more children are developing cancer too,*” says Deborah Thomas, CEO of Camp Quality.
“The need to provide relevant services and programs to support kids and families facing cancer is likely to keep on growing. The incidence rate of childhood cancer rose by 35 per cent between 1983 and 2014 in Australia* and it‘s expected to increase a further seven per cent over the next 20 years*.
“This means the demand for our services is greater now than ever before,” Ms Thomas said.
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Camp Quality’s major partner, ALDI Australia is the principal supporter of Camp In. The partnership is focused on providing Australian children impacted by cancer with the opportunity to attend Camp Quality’s much-loved camps.
“Our commitment to supporting community initiatives remains a strong focus for us and we are excited to be a part of another fantastic Camp Quality Camp In event. It’s such a great way for everyone to get involved and show their support for kids and families impacted by cancer,” says Daniel Baker, ALDI Australia’s Corporate Responsibility Director.
Aussies Camping In will be joined by a host of celebrity ambassadors and their families including Candice Warner, Jodi Gordon and Charli Robinson in New South Wales, Snezana Wood in Victoria, Lauren Brant in Queensland, Alisa & Lysandra in South Australia, Rebecca Marsh and Rayne Bryant in West Australia and Sarah Glover in Tasmania.
“As a mum of three young girls I can only imagine the heartbreak that parents and carers would go through after having their child diagnosed with cancer. It’s such a painful and arduous journey for these children and their families and I’m grateful to have the chance to support Camp Quality and help give these kids the chance to be kids again,” says Candice.
Funds raised from Camp In will support Camp Quality camps which give around 10,000 kids facing cancer the opportunity to come together and reconnect as a family, make positive memories and have a much-needed dose of fun and laughter in a safe environment.
Camp In campers will be treated to a live-streamed evening of virtual entertainment hosted by comedian Nazeem Hussain, and starring singer Casey Donovan, with a host of great prizes to be won, including a $33,000 Camper Trailer, from Cub Campers.
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https://cancerqld.org.au/news/childhood-cancer-statistics-available-online-first-time/ (Australia has one of the highest rates of childhood cancer in the world)
https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/types-of-cancer/childhood-cancers/cancer-council-and-childhood-cancers (incidence rate rose by 35 per cent between 1983 and 2014)
https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2020/212/3/incidence-childhood-cancer-australia-1983-2015-and-projections-2035 (rates expected to grow a further seven per cent over the next 20 years)