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Bridgestone’s support means so much to so many people

Publish Date: 22/7/2016

In celebration of Bridgestone Australia’s 30 year partnership with the Leukaemia Foundation, the ‘Iridescence Gala Ball’ was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in June.

The event raised $85,000 to continue supporting the many programs available to people with a blood cancer and their family through the Leukaemia Foundation.

Bridgestone’s ongoing corporate support continues to help us in very real ways, including the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Lightsview, which provides vital accommodation to regional people who must relocate urgently for blood cancer treatment.

In the months following, while under psychological and financial strain, these people are away from their home and their support network of relatives and friends. Helping to reduce some of the worries placed on these people, the village enables families to stay together and concentrate on recovery. 

When Jeoff Pyke (pictured) required urgent treatment for lymphoma, he and wife April left their home in Booborowie, in the state’s mid north to relocate to Adelaide.

 “The Bridgestone Australia Village is set up specifically for rural families,” said April. “Without the free accommodation we would have had nowhere to go so the village allowed me to stay and care for Jeoff and has been vital part on his road to recovery.”

Since the village opened in December 2013, families from SA and the NT have stayed more than 9,000 nights at the village with an average length of stay of 90 nights, the longest stay has been 258 days.

Yet another vital program made possible by Bridgestone Australia, is the Leukaemia Foundation’s Transport Program. In 1986 Bridgestone provisioned the Foundation’s first transport vehicle and today the state’s fleet of seven vehicles is driven by a huge group of volunteer drivers, providing village residents and people with a blood cancer with free transport to vital medical appointments.

We take this opportunity to thank Bridgestone Australia for their ongoing support and enabling us to make a real difference to Australian families impacted by a blood cancer.

Find out how you too can help us to reduce the impact of blood cancer for these families, through free emotional and practical support, and urgent research.

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