Shake the bucket for cancer research

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The Child Cancer Foundation is appealing to Oamaruvians for help with fundraising during their March 21 street appeal.

Otago/Southland fundraising manager Elaine Horn said they wanted as many volunteers as possible to help with the “beads of courage” collection day.

“The more volunteers we have, the more successful our appeal is,” she said.

“If people volunteer and shake the bucket for us . . . the more we can continue to support the families in the area.”

There were two families in the district the Child Cancer Foundation was supporting at the moment, she said.

“We are dedicated to making sure no family walks the child cancer journey alone.”

Child Cancer Foundation acting chief executive Simon Lala said any time volunteering helped.

“Each hour spent collecting for the foundation makes life that little bit easier for children and their families living with cancer,” he said.

“100 per cent of money raised will go directly to support vital family support services, including one-on-one support from our family support coordinators, petrol and grocery vouchers, access to holiday homes and camps, scholarships and medical research.”

Beads of Courage Day is part of Child Cancer Appeal Month which runs throughout March.

The Child Cancer Foundation aims to raise $6 million annually to help children with cancer and their families.

To volunteer, email ehorn@childcancer.org.nz or phone the Child Cancer Foundation on 0800 424 453.

By DAVID DE LOREAN