Tēnā koutou katoa,
In these extraordinary times we find ourselves in I hope you, your teams and family are bearing up well.
I want to let you know that Child Cancer Foundation will be doing all it can to provide continuing support for families of children with cancer. Childhood cancer doesn’t respect the current situation and for families with an already immuno-compromised child now is an even more difficult time than usual.
The safety and health of the children and families we support, as well as that of our staff, volunteers and supporters, is our number-one concern. We’ve taken lots of decisions over the past week to make sure we can operate in this constantly changing landscape, following the government’s advice to keep people safe.
We are working hard on new ways to provide support to families. With Level 4 Alert being activated our Family Support Coordinators will be supporting families remotely. Although being there in person is normally best, these are not normal times and there is still plenty of help and support we can provide at the end of a phone or over video. Being there is a core pillar of our support and we will continue to provide this assistance, albeit at a distance.
To keep people safe, our Family Places and offices have closed, our camps and retreat activities cancelled and our Connect Groups events postponed for the time being. When life returns to normal our one-to-many activities will begin again.
I’m so proud of the Child Cancer Foundation team and the dedication, flexibility and good spirits they are showing in the face of the current situation. As a team we have produced a comprehensive pandemic plan which will continue to develop as the situation does over the coming weeks.
My thoughts are with you, your team and your family at this unprecedented time for all of us. Child Cancer Foundation will play its part by continuing to support children with cancer and their families.
Stay well. Together we will get through this.
Kia kaha New Zealand
Chief Executive – Child Cancer Foundation