E-commerce giant Amazon, is one of several tech and ecommerce businesses backing kids with cancer this September as part of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Supply chain planning software company Netstock, network infrastructure experts Alliance Si, and many other ecommerce businesses are getting behind young cancer warriors by teaming up with Kids with Cancer Foundation for team-building volunteer days to pack hundreds of Care Packs each week, which are sent to children’s hospitals all around Australia.
The teams of volunteers pack each Care Pack with healthy snacks, activities, small games and toys, and hand-written cards of support – which are sent every week to children undergoing cancer treatment in hospital to help show support to the near 8000 small but mighty warriors diagnosed with cancer every year, and to take their minds off treatment.
From January 2022 to September 2023, Kids with Cancer Foundation have had over 60 groups of volunteers help to pack thousands of Care Packs.
In September 2023, Amazon staff from Kemps Creek BWU2 depot and Bella Vista DNS4 depot attended two team-building volunteering days at Kids with Cancer Foundation’s head office in Sydney’s Hills District, pacing hundreds of boxes, and also presenting Kids with Cancer Foundation with a $10,000 donation.
Many businesses are also getting involved through regular workplace giving, with people electing to donate a small portion of their pre-tax salary to charity – which also provides the tax benefit to individuals straight away. And community-building workplace fundraising events are more popular than ever, with ecommerce and tech companies such as Amazon, commercial design and print company Planet Press and cloud-software company Blackbaud regularly holding fundraising events for Gold Ribbon September – International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Scare Cancer October workplace morning teas and Halloween-themed dress-up days.
Kids with Cancer Foundation CEO, Todd Prees, said: “Our volunteers are our lifeblood. It is only through the help of our volunteers that we are able to send hundreds of Care Packs to kids with cancer all around Australia every week, and the help of volunteers in holding fundraising events is absolutely essential to supporting our programs, which help make today easier for kids with cancer and their families. We are thrilled to have more businesses coming on board to participate in our team-building volunteering days, as well as through other programs such as regular workplace giving – and we hope to continue to grow our business partnerships into the future.”
To learn more about Kids with Cancer Foundation, or to get involved, visit www.kidswithcancer.org.au
ABOUT Kids with Cancer Foundation
Established in 1998, for 25 years Kids with Cancer Foundation has been making today easier for kids with cancer and their families – providing direct financial assistance to families in the form of payments for mortgage, rent, transportation, utilities and other bills or by supplying much needed grocery vouchers, whitegoods, wigs and sadly sometimes funeral expenses. Kids with Cancer Foundation funds clinical hospital staff, including paying the salaries for oncology fellowships, clinical nurse specialists and social workers, as well as contributing to the funding for research and hospital infrastructure, learn more at kidswithcancer.org.au.
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