Holiday program gives cancer patients a break
CANCER patients and their families who are in desperate need of a short break can enjoy a cosy getaway this spring by taking advantage of a Cancer Council Victoria Holiday Break.
The Holiday Break Program provides Victorians with cancer a one-off short getaway, with accommodation at no cost, by matching holiday home owners with families affected by the disease.
Cancer Council nurse manager Katherine Lane said the program provides people with a much needed holiday that would normally be out of reach.
“Going through a cancer experience is a time when someone can need a break more than ever, but it’s also a time that can be expensive and stressful so people are less likely to be able to afford a holiday or be in a position to organise one,” Ms Lane said.
“The Holiday Break program means people with cancer can share quality time with loved ones away from the hectic schedule of medical appointments and cancer treatment, and with accommodation at no cost.”
Ms Lane said winter can be a difficult time and encouraged eligible families to consider a getaway to somewhere here in Victoria heading into spring time.
“Spring is the perfect time to shake off winter and take some time to relax and recharge. Whether you’re after a cosy spot in front of a fireplace or a dog-friendly back yard, we’ll work with you to help you find the right spot for your break. ”
Last year, Cancer Council Victoria provided 114 cancer patients and their families with a short holiday break.
Ms Lane thanked the everyday Victorians who generously donate their holiday homes for the Holiday Break program, and encouraged anyone able to consider donating time at theirs for others in need of a break.
“Property owners can provide their homes for any length of time, and at any time of the year. Their generosity can’t be underestimated – this program would not exist without them.”
For more information about the Holiday Break Program, or to enquire about donating your holiday home, please call Cancer Information and Support on 13 11 20.