MEDIA RELEASE – 6 JUNE 2017
Local pirates make a splash for kids with cancer!
On Friday 9 June, St Paul’s Primary School, Mt Lawley will embrace their inner scally-wags and dress up like pirates for childrens’ cancer research.
It’s the 3rd annual “Pirate Day Friday”, a national fundraiser that encourages children, office workers and whole towns to dress up and give a gold coin donation for the privilege.
All funds raised from the campaign in collaboration between The Adventurers and The Kids’ Cancer Project, are directed to funding vital childhood brain cancer research.
Last year over 500 schools and early learning centres across the country along with workplaces like Bunnings and QBE getting involved. Since Pirate Day Friday started in 2015, over $200,000 has been raised for childhood cancer research.
Pirate Day Friday is the initiative of Colgan Industries director Nathan Colgan, after his son Conor was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Colgan Industries have refurbished St Paul’s Primary School, hence they were compelled to get involved every year.
Col Reynolds OAM, founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project is delighted with the initiative. “It’s great to have a bit of fun to fundraise despite the serious nature of kids’ cancer. Many people aren’t aware that the causes of childhood cancer are unknown, that there is no prevention and that research is the only way to improve treatments and survival,” he said. “The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, we’ve been able to contribute more than $34 million to research projects to help children with many types of cancer, thanks to strong community support.”
Matt Fitzgerald, Director of The Adventurers and father of Abby (7) who has been in remission from brain cancer for 2 years, encourages all people to get on board with this fun initiative which has a serious positive impact on funding.
“The most significant issue for families affected by childhood cancer is the continued existence of a disease for which there are no solid answers,” he said.
“The focus of The Adventurers and The Kids’ Cancer Project is the same – to find the answers and cure. That is why we fund medical research. Getting involved in Pirate Day Friday on 9 June allows everyone to become a contributor in making possible the medical research which ensures the improvement of diagnoses, treatment and ultimately cure of childhood brain cancer is in the foreseeable future.”
Gold coin donations will be collected at St Paul’s Primary School throughout the day on Friday 9 June 2017.
- Childhood cancer is different to adult cancer.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death of children by disease.
- Three Australian families hear the words, “your child has cancer” every day.
- Every year, 950 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer.
For more information about The Kids’ Cancer Project and The Adventurers, please contact:
02 8394 7752
Communications and Marketing Manger