Help is on the cards for sick kids

15 Jul 2020

From Wednesday 15 July – Tuesday 28 July, Coles will be selling $2 Curing Homesickness Donation Cards for shoppers to add to their basket at the checkout in support of sick kids in hospital.

The two-week donation card campaign is part of the national Curing Homesickness initiative that brings children’s hospitals across Australia together to get sick kids home from hospital sooner.

Donations raised in NSW will directly support The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to help fund a Child Life Therapist in oncology.

Local mum Barbara, whose nine-year-old daughter Chelsea was suddenly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and a rare chromosomal cancer welcomed the funding support. 

Chelsea and her family spent 350 nights in hospital in the year that followed - attending 17 general anaesthetics, nine lumbar punctures, eight bone marrow tests, six radiation sessions and 55 blood transfusions.

“The doctors, social workers and child life therapists have been with us the whole way -- we have really been treated like family members,” said Chelsea’s dad, Brendan.

Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation said: “We’re hoping everyone will get behind this latest campaign from Coles and Curing Homesickness to let sick kids and their families know we’re thinking of them and help raise much-needed funds. If your child has ever been in hospital or if you know a family member or friend who has had a child in hospital or if you simply want to help, please buy one of these special cards when you next shop at Coles.”

Please visit your local Coles supermarket to pick up a $2 donation card to support Curing Homesickness to help more sick kids like Beni get home sooner. In-store until Tuesday 28 July.