Childhood Cancer Support recently acquired additional houses near the Queensland Children’s Hospital to cater to the high demand. They are creatively transforming these houses into 15 units, ensuring families are closer to the care their children need most.
Their ingenuity doesn't end there. Crew secured an ANZ Community Grant, which aims to address the high costs of traveling in a sustainable manner.
Sustainability with Heart
The grant will establish composting and recycling stations, rainwater tanks and edible gardens. Beyond the environmental benefits, this initiative will empower paediatric oncology families to connect with nature, fostering improved social and mental well-being.
From gardening to harvesting plants, the project offers a nurturing space for families to interact, communicate and find solace amidst their challenges. Moreover, the in-house rainwater tanks will ensure sustainable irrigation for the accommodation, minimizing water usage and leaving a positive impact on the environment.
The human stories communicate the power of Childhood Cancer Support. When Cairns-based Rick and Stacey Steer’s son, Hudson, faced a medical crisis in Townsville, the charity offered long-term accommodation while Hudson received treatment in Brisbane.
The Steer family was deeply moved by the fully furnished unit that provided comfort and solace for more than a year.
“We were amazed that Childhood Cancer Support not only offered us accommodation, but we were able to walk into the fully furnished unit and make it our own without any cost – a home away from home.”
“This had a tremendous impact upon us – it allowed us to focus our energy on supporting Hudson and relieved us of the pressure that would have otherwise been felt trying to rent accommodation in Brisbane, whilst also paying a mortgage in Cairns.”