Funding boost for the Cancer Society

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The Cancer Society of New Zealand has received a one-off funding boost to continue delivering its highly valued driving and accommodation services.

The government is giving up to $650,000 to the organisation to continue providing its services at increased COVID-19 alert levels

"The Cancer Society plays a pivotal role in supporting people living with cancer in New Zealand," says Minister of Health Chris Hipkins.

"We know they provide essential support services, including accommodation and transport, which can be the difference between a person getting to treatment or not.

"Although the Cancer Society is generally funded by public donations with no direct government funding, we also know COVID-19 has hit the Cancer Society especially hard.”

Hipkins says the pandemic has reduced the number of people available to volunteer and fundraising activities have also been scaled back leaving the organisation in a difficult position.

“Without support from Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency and the government, services provided by the Cancer Society would likely have been impacted within the next month. If driving and accommodation services stopped people with cancer might not be able to access their treatment in a timely way, or at all," says Hipkins.

Te Aho o Te Kahu chief executive Diana Sarfati says, “This funding will ensure the Cancer Society can continue to provide the essential services many New Zealanders rely on.”

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