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Keeping in Touch

08 Dec 2016

Saying goodnight to Dad, or hello to friends at Kindergarten is a highlight for any child.

Saying goodnight to Dad, or hello to friends at Kindergarten is a highlight for any child. For children separated from family members and friends while away from home receiving treatment for cancer, it can add a touch of normality to days that are anything but normal. 
 
They are able to call on tablets provided as part of Child Cancer Foundation’s Keeping in Touch programme, which aims to reduce isolation, educate and provide an escape and distraction for children and parents. 
 
Tablets are preloaded with Skype, boredom-busting and education apps, along with a custom-built library from Wheelers Books. The devices are loaned to children undergoing cancer treatment in Auckland and Christchurch hospitals – helping them stay connected with their family and friends back home, supporting education and keeping them entertained.
 
20 tablets are being used at the moment, with the aim of growing the programme over the coming years.
 
Child Cancer Foundation was able to purchase the tablets thanks to Supercharger Funding from Z Energy, and has worked with Vodafone and Apple on security, tracking and to find the best technology solution to make the tablets as useful as possible to families.