CanTeen Bandanna Day | 28 Oct 2016

 

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Canteen Bandanna Day

Iconic Bandanna Day Supports SA Youth living with Cancer

Youth cancer charity CanTeen will celebrate iconic National Bandanna Day (NBD) this month on Friday 28 October 2016, in an effort to raise essential funds and awareness for young people aged 12-25 affected by cancer, including 250 young people currently supported by CanTeen SA/NT.

South Australian schools, community groups and individuals are encouraged to get involved and support the organisation’s national fundraising target of $1.25 million.

  • Every year, close to 100 young people (aged 12-25 years) in South Australia will be diagnosed with cancer, also affecting the lives of their siblings.
  • Approximately 1800 young people (aged 12-25 years) in SA will receive the devastating news that their parent has cancer each year.
  • Nationally, another 23,000 young people (63 a day) have to deal with the challenge of cancer every year and one in 125 Australians are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 30.

Research shows that young people affected by cancer are 3-6 times more likely to be at risk of mental health issues like depression and anxiety than their peers and this is why services delivered by CanTeen are vital.

Through CanTeen, young people have the opportunity to meet and connect with others their age who understand what they’re going through, while also developing skills to cope with the impact cancer has on their lives.

CanTeen SA/NT Division Manager Brad Manuel says that NBD is the organisation’s major annual fundraising event and an important occasion to highlight CanTeen’s full range of services.

“Young people affected by cancer often feel incredibly isolated, which is why the friendships and support offered by CanTeen are so important. The CanTeen bandanna has become a powerful symbol of hope, connection and resilience for the young people we work with and a show of solidarity from the whole community.”

Funds raised through NBD will help support young people like 19 year old Abi who joined CanTeen when her brother Lachie was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2015. Since then, Abi has been on several CanTeen camps and has used CanTeen’s counselling services. Lachie passed away in February 2016. Abi explains that she values the friendships she has been able to make through CanTeen with people who understand her situation.

Canteen Bandanas can be purchased online at the Canteen website here.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Canteen website here.

WhatCanTeen Bandanna Day

When: Friday 28 October 2016

Where: Nationally

Who: Everyone

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