Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community and partners such as CSS, Canteen is able to be in a young person’s corner with whatever support they need when cancer crashes into their world.
COVID-19 lockdowns have given all of us an insight into how tough isolation can be, but sadly young cancer patients already knew this all too well. One of the many challenges they face is missing weeks or even months of school as a result of their treatment. In addition to the impact this can have on their education and future, young people can feel incredibly cut off from their friends and develop anxiety or depression.
That’s why Canteen established the Robots Program in 2018 as part of a broad suite of services supporting young people with cancer. The robot is an innovative piece of teleconferencing technology that enables young people to attend school from their hospital bed. It gives young cancer patients the chance to stay connected to school, friends and family, which can help to improve their coping skills and build resilience that will last them a lifetime.
The Tour de Cure Victoria Ball on 12 February 2022 aims to raise $300K to realise Canteen’s vision of providing a robot to every young cancer patient who needs one. CSS is proud to support this initiative and will be attending the Gala event with our partners/suppliers.
Find out more and donate to the Robots Program at canteen.org.au/robots