How Cancer Council adapted to COVID-19

We are proud that individuals have been in a position to continue a number of our Cancer Council information and support services through changes to methods for working and innovation, despite decreased fundraising restrictions and revenue inhibiting our power to deliver key in person support services.

As it’s likely you have seen, lots of Cancer Council’s essential fundraising activities were transitioned into virtual or in the home events, where traditional events are not possible as a result of restrictions and social distancing.

Morning teas were hosted around the world virtually, with lots of people sharing a cuppa over Zoom, or in small categories of colleagues, relatives and buddies where possible, to boost funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

We recently celebrated Daffodil Day, which felt only a little different also, as in most elements of the national country it had been social media, than the streets rather, year which were turned yellow this. Across Australia, daffodils were donated virtually to loved people and ones raised funds online to finance life-saving cancer research.

Where Relay for Life events were not able to be held, the Hope Ceremony transitioned into ‘Hope at Home’ and candles were lit in people’s homes in a united display of support for Cancer Council and cancer patients over these unprecedented times.

Our medical researchers operating Cancer Council’s Support and Information line, 13 11 20, have provided necessary support and information to people about COVID-19 and cancer and we’ve adapted our practical support programs to supply remote assistance where possible. We released a brand new podcast, Cancer and COVID-19 to supply crucial information to people suffering from cancer by what the COVID-19 pandemic method for them.

In the Pro Bono Program, we’ve seen our professionals transition to providing assistance over skype and zoom when restrictions prohibited one on one appointments. The introduction of new legislation in many states which allowed for witnessing documents via video technology allowed lawyers to carry on to provide assist with clients where this previously wouldn’t normally have now been possible under COVID-19 restrictions.

The continued delivery of this program with this challenging time wouldn’t have been possible with no exceptional support of our volunteer professionals in the united states who have continued to offer advice and help cancer patients and carers on a remote basis. Actually, year within the last few financial, our generous professionals supported 1,398 individuals with 1,729 legal, financial, workplace or small company issues and provided over $5,000,000 of commercial advice. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our volunteer professionals. Year in the last, we welcomed an amazing 55 new legal, financial planning, workplace and business accounting organisations to the scheduled program around the world.

From our volunteer companies to referring medical researchers to Cancer Council staff and volunteers in the united states, we cannot thanks enough for the tireless efforts and dedication that have ensured we’ve been able to continue steadily to assist people afflicted with cancer at this kind of difficult time.