Doorknock for blood cancer patients
Wednesday, 02 April 2014
The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s annual Doorknock Appeal begins from Saturday 15 June to Friday 28 June to raise important funds for blood cancer patients.
There are three easy ways you can take part to help the six Queenslanders diagnosed with a blood cancer every day – doorknock your street, doorknock your social network or donate.
The Doorknock Appeal needs to raise $1.2 million this year to continue providing important support services such as patient accommodation, financial assistance, counseling and transport.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Bill Petch, said the appeal was a crucial fundraising event for the Foundation and with the option to doorknock traditionally or online, means it is easy for everyone to get involved.
“The Doorknock Appeal relies heavily on the generosity of the community, with last year’s appeal raising $2 million to complete two new accommodation villages in Townsville and Brisbane, giving regional and remote families free accommodation while undergoing medical treatment,” Mr Petch said.
“Now we need to focus on continuing to provide our support services, including free transportation. This is why our online fundraising goal this year is to raise enough funds for a new patient transport vehicle,” he said.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland village resident, Wendy Marks of Biloela, said she didn’t really understand what the Foundation did before her five year old daughter Katelyn was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.
“Before Katelyn was diagnosed, I didn’t really understand what the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland did. Now I know first-hand how critical these services are and how many families just like ours would not survive emotionally or financially without their support,” Ms Marks said.
“It was so tough watching our little girl go through leukaemia treatment and I don’t know how our family would have survived without the support of the Foundation – I would have found myself in a strange city with nowhere to go,” she said.