The Kids’ Cancer Project named Official Charity Partner of Netball NSW

Netball NSW is pleased to confirm its long-standing relationship with The Kids’ Cancer Project as the organisation’s Official Charity Partner has been extended for a further three years until at least the end of 2018.

The Kids’ Cancer Project is an Australian charity focused on connecting kids with cancer and their families to better treatments, quality of life and end suffering by supporting world class research into childhood cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Australian children, where every day three more families are impacted by childhood cancer.

A partnership that began in 2008, The Kids’ Cancer Project will support Netball NSW’s largest grassroots event, the State Age Championships in their capacity as Official Charity Partner. The NSW Swifts’ Round 6 home game against the Central Pulse on Sunday 8 May will also celebrate and support the work of The Kids’ Cancer Project through collections plus other initiatives that will raise further awareness and funds.

Netball NSW General Manager – Commercial and Corporate Partnerships, Tristan Prosser-Shaw was excited to announce the extension, saying Netball NSW was extremely proud to have a strong working relationship with the charity.

“The Kids’ Cancer Project does such amazing work and are unwavering in their commitment to the cause and the research they support into childhood cancer,” Prosser-Shaw said.

“Netball NSW has more than 114,000 registered members, with 54% of these under 18-years old, so the work The Kids’ Cancer Project does is so important to our netball community when you consider Australia has one of the highest incidences of childhood cancer in the world,” Prosser-Shaw said.

“We are looking forward to working with The Kids’ Cancer Project over the next three years to highlight the fantastic work they are doing and help them raise vital funds to find cures.

The Kids’ Cancer Project has committed over $29 million in funding to Australia’s best childhood cancer researchers. Since 2008 over $175,000 has been raised through their annual Crazy Hair & Sock Days, which this year will be held on Saturday 14 May; a day where clubs and associations across the State are encouraged to have some colourful fun while playing netball.

CEO Owen Finegan said The Kids’ Cancer Project is delighted to be the Official Charity Partner of Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts.

“We are excited to work with netballers across NSW with Crazy Hair & Sock Day to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Together, we will support ground-breaking research to find a cure for some of the rarest childhood cancers, and improve treatments to lessen the side-effects faced by children who survive cancer.”

“We sincerely thank Netball NSW, the NSW Swifts and the wider NSW netball community for its continued support and look forward to another action-packed and successful season ahead!,” Finegan concluded.

Prosser-Shaw echoed the charity’s comments whilst urging the netball community to get involved in 2016 fundraising activities.

“Funds raised by the NSW netball community over the past eight years have already had a positive impact on so many families affected by childhood cancers,” continued Prosser-Shaw.

“Last year, a record-breaking 41 associations helped raise over $45,000 through their own Crazy Hair & Sock Day activities and our aim is to eclipse this in 2016. We are calling upon all our 118 affiliated associations to get on board Crazy Hair & Sock Day and help support the amazing work of the Kids’ Cancer Project,” Prosser-Shaw concluded.

For more information on The Kids’ Cancer Project, the research they do to support better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer and their Crazy Hair & Sock Day, visit www.thekidscancerproject.org.au.