The Kids’ Cancer Project on board with Netball in 2015

Netball NSW is pleased to confirm its long-standing relationship with The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP) as the organisation’s Official Charity Partner will extend into the 2015 season.

TKCP is a national charity that fundraises to support childhood cancer research. Australia has one of the highest incidences of childhood cancer in the world, with one in 500 kids developing cancer before the age of 15 each year.

A partnership that began in 2008, TKCP (formerly The Oncology Children’s Foundation) will continue to support the Netball NSW Schools Cup as Official Charity Partner and will be celebrated during the NSW Swifts’ Round 10 home game on Sunday 10 May.

Netball NSW General Manager – Commercial & Communication Tristan Prosser-Shaw was excited to announce the partnership extension, saying Netball NSW was proud to have a strong working relationship with the charity.

“The Kids’ Cancer Project is a wonderful organisation.  Netball NSW has more than 113,000 registered members, many of those under 18-years-old, so the work that they do in researching cures for childhood cancers is something that we feel very strongly about and is a cause close to our hearts,” Prosser-Shaw said.

“We are looking forward to working with TKCP over the next 12 months by continuing to increase their exposure in our community, as well as the fantastic work they are doing on a daily basis to find cures.”

Thanks to community support, more than $24 million has been invested into research to find a cure for childhood cancer. The netball community has donated over $100,000 by participating in the annual Crazy Hair & Sock Days, which this year will be held on Saturday 23 May.

Acting-Chief Executive Officer Nigel Everard said TKCP deeply appreciates the continued support from Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts, and looks forward to working with the NSW netball community in season 2015.

“Over the years we have seen our partnership with Netball NSW grow to include two events; Crazy Hair & Sock Day and Schools Cup, which not only promotes the incredible game that is netball, but provides avenues for communities across NSW to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research,” Everard explained.

“Collectively in the last five years Netball NSW, NSW Swifts and netball communities across the State have helped raise more than $130,000 towards vital childhood cancer research. Last year Crazy Hair & Sock Day raised an amazing $38,900 and we hope this year goes beyond expectations as well.”

Prosser-Shaw echoed the charity’s comments whilst urging the netball community to get involved in 2015 fundraising activities.

“We are calling on all those in our netball community – from schools, to clubs and Associations – to get on board TKCP’s Crazy Hair & Sock Day and help raise vital funds towards their research,” Prosser-Shaw said.

“In previous seasons we’ve had a great response from clubs and Associations, but we would love to go bigger and better and see all 113,000 members involved in the cause this year.  You can hold it on the official date, Saturday 23 May, or register your own when it best suits.

“Help make this year’s Crazy Hair & Sock Day go Beyond Expectation, and help raise vital funds for TKCP,” Prosser-Shaw concluded.

For more information on The Kids’ Cancer Project, the research they do for childhood cancer cures and their Crazy Hair & Sock Day, visit www.thekidscancerproject.org.au.