Coles shoppers can help young people with cancer

Redkite's Isobel Lindley with donation cards.

Redkite's Isobel Lindley with donation cards.

Shoppers in Mount Isa can help families affected by cancer over the next four weeks as new findings show the need for financial support among cancer patients is 20 per cent higher across Queensland at Christmas.

Cancer charity Redkite predicts financial assistance for young people affected by cancer will be in high demand this holiday season due to rising travel and living costs.

Coles has launches a national Christmas campaign to raise funds for Redkite to help provide financial and emotional support to young people with cancer and their families.

Until Boxing Day, shoppers can purchase a $2 Redkite donation card at Coles in Mount Isa with all proceeds going to Redkite. They can also purchase a $1 Coles gingerbread man, with 20c going to Redkite until Christmas Day. Redkite Head of Fundraising Isobel Lindley said cancer made Christmas a difficult time for too many families across Queensland and estimated that every day in December, a family in Queensland will be told their child has cancer.

“Unfortunately cancer doesn’t stop at Christmas and the pressure on families can be heightened when a child or young person is in hospital or very sick,” she said.

“By providing financial support, we can help with essentials like putting petrol in the car for those endless trips between hospital and home.

“Thanks to the generosity of Coles and communities across the state, every card or gingerbread man purchased can make an enormous difference to the lives of families facing their child’s cancer.”