The Hospital Research Foundation Group is rallying the community to join its fight against disease in its first ever 12-hour fundraising appeal on Thursday 9 June!
EDIT: And an incredible $482,000 was raised! Thank you!!
Ambassadors from television, radio and sports will join other well-known Adelaide faces, hospital staff and patients to raise funds to improve research and patient care across South Australian hospitals – with a special focus on childhood cancer and proton therapy.
Plus, a generous group of supporters have pledged to match every dollar received, meaning all donations will actually be TRIPLED on the day!
Paul Flynn, CEO of The Hospital Research Foundation Group, said the charity supports more than 50 areas of disease and illness, but will use the appeal to highlight the huge need to deliver world-class proton therapy in Adelaide for kids with cancer.
“The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research, being built right here in Adelaide on North Terrace, will soon be home to the first proton therapy cancer treatment facility in the southern hemisphere,” Paul said.
“This centre will help children and young adults with cancer in sensitive areas like the brain and spine receive world-best care in their home city, instead of travelling interstate or across the globe.
“Money raised from this appeal will help support the centre’s critical start-up operations and specialist recruitment to deliver proton therapy and research, ensuring we provide the very best care for our community.”
Proton therapy targets and destroys cancer cells in hard-to-access areas by delivering powerful proton beams to precisely where they’re needed, without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
The difference with this precision proton therapy is that it minimises the long-term side effects that often impacts the quality of life of cancer survivors who receive other treatments.
The facility is set to help about 800 cancer patients each year.
Helping kids like Zoe – watch her story:
How to join the fight
Join the fight for kids like Zoe! Every donation will be TRIPLED! Simply visit hospitalresearch.org.au/givingday
Ambassadors joining the fight: Andrew Cosi Costello, Will McDonald, SEN SA Radio, Lucy Cornes, Mark Mickan, Adelaide Thunderbirds, Adelaide 36ers, Woodville West Torrens Football Club and more.