October 2015 We believe cancer shouldn't hinder young people's ambitions. We understand that living with cancer and its ongoing impacts can be challenging. This is why we, with the generous support of Coles, help young cancer patients and survivors between the ages of 15–24 pursue their dreams through the Dare to Dream scholarship program.
Dare to Dream scholarships lend a helping hand to teens and young adults to realise their dreams and pursue education, career and life goals that are sidelined when undergoing cancer treatment.
This year, we alongside Coles, funded 38 scholarships for young Australians aged 15–24 who are living with cancer and its continuing effects.
The 2015 recipient of the national Dare to Dream scholarship is Tristian, a 19-year-old cancer survivor from Port Macquarie who has a passion for music.
“I have been involved with and surrounded by music my whole life, and I want to be able to further my passion and really make something of it,” he said. “Receiving the national scholarship means the world to me. It’s exactly the kind of kick start I need to help make my lifelong dream become a reality.”
Coles Managing Director and Dare to Dream National Judge, John Durkan, said that Coles is proud to continue supporting young cancer patients and survivors.
“When we reviewed the applications we were looking for young people who had a strong vision for their future. Tristian has a great drive to succeed and we are delighted to support his scholarship to help him pursue his passion,” said Mr Durkan.
The 38 Dare to Dream scholarship recipients for 2015 included Tom who will use the scholarship to purchase fitness equipment to help qualify for the Australian Age Swimming Championships next year; Niamh who will use her scholarship to volunteer in developing countries; and Jessica who will pursue her passion of journalism.
Redkite CEO, Jenni Seton, says the Dare to Dream scholarships change young lives.
“There’s a confidence and renewed motivation that young people get from receiving the scholarship that reaches well beyond the monetary aspects,” she said.