$1.157million was the largest 'one off' donation in Southern Health's history
"Without the million dollar plus gift provided by Kids with Cancer Foundation the new purpose built day oncology facilities might never have seen the light of day".
Monash Children's at Southern Health is part of Victoria’s largest health service uniquely providing in one organisation, primary, secondary and tertiary health services. The Monash Children’s Cancer Centre (CCC) is an integral part of the new Monash Children’s and cares for 30% of Victoria’s childhood cancer patients. The centre incorporates purpose-built treatment rooms, medical consulting rooms, a day treatment facility and an innovative facility capable of providing general anaesthesia for minor oncology procedures.
Kids with Cancer Foundation donated $1.157million from the sale of $2.00 raffle tickets (sold in Victorian shopping centres) to build and fit-out the 'Children's Cancer Centre' at a time when no other Government nor non-profit organisation was willing to help the children in the area.
At completion in 2006 Kids with Cancer Foundation was recognised as the Founding Patron of the Monash 'CCC'.
The Minister for Health Ms Pike said: "The new centre was an integral part of the Government's new Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services, which aims to streamline treatment for young patients. The new centre means children going through a very difficult illness will have state-of-the-art facilities and more integrated, co-ordinated care. The Children's Cancer Centre at Monash is now introducing innovations in the way kids are treated for cancer, for example, this is the first facility in the State to be able to anaesthetise children without having to send them to an operating theatre."
Southern Health Chief Executive Linda Sorrell wrote: "Without the million dollar plus gift provided by Kids with Cancer Foundation the new purpose built day oncology facilities might never have seen the light of day. Now treatment for Victorian children with cancer has been significantly boosted and the more than 100 parents, patients and a clearly excited group of Southern Health staff and dignitaries who attended the launch on July 25 were thrilled at the great leap forward."
A note from a mother: "A few weeks ago I purchased some raffle tickets at a shopping centre in Melbourne. My daughter has newly been diagnosed with ALL so when I see a cancer charity I tend to always give what I can.
I had not heard of your charity before and was not sure what the money went to. I was just thinking about this so I thought I would have a look at your website. It made me teary! I had no idea that the place that is now my second home was build thanks to you. My daughter’s treatment is at the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre.
I just wish to thank you so much for your efforts in raising this money. It is such a fantastic relaxed environment. I couldn't imagine how hard it would be if the CCC was not there.
Once again just thank you so very much, it means the world to us and many other families. In the future I wish to be able to help even half as much as you have".
Kids with Cancer Foundation had originally approached the 'Royal Children's Hospital', 'Monash Medical Centre' and 'Peter McCallum Cancer Institute' with an offer of funding but it was rejected. The parents group had been working with Southern Health and Monash to provide more kids cancer services in Clayton but funds were the problem. Our funds were still available and we were asked to provide all the funds to construct and fit-out the new Day Ward.
Since our first payment of $650,000 the Victorian Government announced the new Paediatric Integrated Cancer Services group, PICS. The size of the project changed and the total funds required to complete the Day Ward has risen to $1.157m. We were pleased to be able to provide the total funds on behalf of our supporters to Southern Health/Monash Medical Centre, to complete the program.
2004 - Initial funding for the construction and fit-out of the new Paediatric Oncology Day Ward $650,000.
2005 - Further funding for the construction and fit-out of the Children's Cancer Centre at Monash, bringing our total commitment to $1.157m
Peter Bodman, Kids with Cancer presents the cheque to Linda Sorell, Chief Executive, Monash Children's. Work commenced late 2005 on the new Children's Cancer Centre, completely funded with a donation of $1.157m by Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia's Victorian raffles.
Premier's comment: In July 2005 the Premier, The Hon. Steve Bracks wrote: "These projects represent the achievement of key milestones in my Government's Fighting Cancer Policy and Cancer Services Framework for Victoria. Once again thank you for your generous, ongoing support towards the well-being of children with cancer and their families".
We urge you to consider the children in a hospital near you. Please donate, post cheques to: Kids with Cancer Foundation, PO Box 135 Westmead NSW 2145 or for credit cards: free-call any donations to 1800 255522, and we guarantee that 100% of these donations will be passed to families & children's hospital's cancer wards, or use this Donate now button or at the top of the page.