For 40 years Childhood Cancer Support, based in Herston, has helped thousands of regional families while their child undergoes lifesaving cancer treatment.
Now we need your help.
The opening of the Lady Cilento Children’s hospital means that all regional families staying in Brisbane during their child’s treatment must now travel across town from Herston to Southbank.
For many families this is a major and costly obstacle. Having a child diagnosed with cancer is heart wrenching and traumatic, not to mention expensive.
Taxis and public transport for children undergoing treatment are not options due to risk of infection and most families have no access to their own car. For those that do, parking fees at the new hospital are exorbitant and street parking is very limited.
Imagine having to pay for car parking, every day, for six months?
Despite Childhood Cancer Support advocating to Children’s Health Queensland for a dedicated bus service to be provided for families and their children with cancer, no funding could be found. Unfortunately, for oncology families, public transport and taxis are not an option.
That’s when Childhood Cancer Support stepped in and established a free Monday to Friday transport service.
On Monday 1 December 2014, two days after the Lady Cilento Children’s hospital opened its doors, Childhood Cancer Support began offering all oncology families a transport service from Herston to Southbank.
Since then, demand has grown by 40%, and our bus service has increased to six round trips each day. Not one person has been turned away. Sometimes two buses have been utilised in order to meet demand.
Unfortunately, Childhood Cancer Support is struggling to meet the growing needs of our families. We’re now calling out to the support and generosity of the public, because no child deserves to miss the bus.
Your donation would ensure Childhood Cancer Support can:
- – Purchase a larger bus to assist an ever-growing number of families
- – Provide a greater number of hospital trips per day
- – Ensure children in wheelchairs can access a free, reliable and safe form of transport to the hospital