Hope at Home: Show your support for people impacted by cancer
The Cancer Council is just one of many charities who have come up with creative ways to keep fundraising throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has launched a new initiative to support cancer survivors and remember family members who lost their battle since the Relay for Life events have been postponed. Hope at Home encourages members of the public to purchase a kit, which contains a hope bag and candle to display on April 29. Kate Dubois, from the Tamworth branch, said the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how they offer their services. "We are currently trying to move all our fundraising events into a virtual space," she said. "It is important for us to be able to do that ... we are still 94 per cent community-funded. "We had to make a lot of very hard decisions very early on." Ms Dubois said out of this was born the Hope at Home initiative, which was based on the Hope Ceremony usually conducted at Relay for Life which allows people to come together and connect over their shared experiences. "We can remember people who have been lost to cancer, but also help the people who are still going through it," she said. "We are making it into a virtual event." Ms Dubois said initial support is growing and they are hoping to show people battling the disease that they are supported. The candles can be purchased at give.cancercouncil.com.au/hopeathome. Those who light their candles on April 29 are encouraged to share their photos on social media with the tags #HopeAtHome and #StayHomeForCancer.