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Get your daily dose of feel-good when you read these stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference in the lives of families facing their child’s cancer. 

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13th Sep

13 Sep ’21
Coles Express Redkite Week is back

Copacabana student Bella Farrugia is set to be the face of national Coles Express fundraiser Redkite Week which raises much-needed funds for leading children’s cancer support charity Redkite.

Coles Express Redkite Week is back

Copacabana student Bella Farrugia is set to be the face of national Coles Express fundraiser Redkite Week which raises much-needed funds for leading children’s cancer support charity Redkite.

Community
26th Aug

26 Aug ’21
International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Every day in Australia, 3 families hear the words “your child has cancer” and their world is turned upside down. This September we shine the spotlight on children’s cancer and the impact that it has on families.

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Every day in Australia, 3 families hear the words “your child has cancer” and their world is turned upside down. This September we shine the spotlight on children’s cancer and the impact that it has on families.

The big LED screen at Metricon Stadium promotes Red Day with the words, "Show children with cancer we're on their team"

News
10th Aug

10 Aug ’21
Record amount raised at 2021 Swans Red Day

The annual Sydney Swans Red Day raised a record amount for families in 2021.

Record amount raised at 2021 Swans Red Day

The annual Sydney Swans Red Day raised a record amount for families in 2021.

Girl with cancer and her mum

Community
2nd Aug

2 Aug ’21
You were there when Noelle and her family needed you most

Supporter news You were there when Noelle and her family needed you most The day when Noelle’s daughter, three-year-old Scout,…

You were there when Noelle and her family needed you most

Supporter news You were there when Noelle and her family needed you most The day when Noelle’s daughter, three-year-old Scout,…

A girl and woman walking hand in hand

Community
2nd Aug

2 Aug ’21
You’re helping us improve services for families and kids with cancer

Supporter news You’re helping us improve services for families and kids with cancer We recently conducted a Family Needs Survey…

You’re helping us improve services for families and kids with cancer

Supporter news You’re helping us improve services for families and kids with cancer We recently conducted a Family Needs Survey…

Community
2nd Aug

2 Aug ’21
You gave this young family something truly priceless

Supporter news You gave this young family something truly priceless Little Vinny came into the world happy and healthy.He was…

You gave this young family something truly priceless

Supporter news You gave this young family something truly priceless Little Vinny came into the world happy and healthy.He was…

A woman and child smiling

Community
30th Jul

30 Jul ’21
You wrapped Nicky and her family in love

Supporter news You wrapped Nicky and her family in love Childhood cancer can be traumatic and terrifying. Thanks to you,…

You wrapped Nicky and her family in love

Supporter news You wrapped Nicky and her family in love Childhood cancer can be traumatic and terrifying. Thanks to you,…

Woman smiling in the camera

Community
30th Jul

30 Jul ’21
Kathy is making the gift of a lifetime!

Supporter news Kathy is making the gift of a lifetime! When Kathy signed up for a quiz night in support…

Kathy is making the gift of a lifetime!

Supporter news Kathy is making the gift of a lifetime! When Kathy signed up for a quiz night in support…

News
20th Jul

20 Jul ’21
Celebrating $40 million raised by Coles!

Since 2013, when our partnership began, the incredible commitment of Coles has enabled Redkite to continually evolve and respond to the needs of families across Australia who have been impacted by their child’s cancer.

Celebrating $40 million raised by Coles!

Since 2013, when our partnership began, the incredible commitment of Coles has enabled Redkite to continually evolve and respond to the needs of families across Australia who have been impacted by their child’s cancer.

Board member Georgie Gardner

News
14th Jul

14 Jul ’21
Georgie Gardner joins Redkite Board

Redkite is delighted to welcome respected television journalist Georgie Gardner to its Board.

Georgie Gardner joins Redkite Board

Redkite is delighted to welcome respected television journalist Georgie Gardner to its Board.

MPA networking breakfast for Redkite

News
23rd Jun

23 Jun ’21
MPA hosts networking breakfast to support Redkite

“Organisations that find a greater purpose beyond just delivering their mission and really engage with the community, bringing their staff on that journey, report more satisfaction, productivity and staff wellness.”

MPA hosts networking breakfast to support Redkite

“Organisations that find a greater purpose beyond just delivering their mission and really engage with the community, bringing their staff on that journey, report more satisfaction, productivity and staff wellness.”

Coles Express Redkite Week

News
21st Jun

21 Jun ’21
Coles Express Redkite Week

Coles Express customers all over Australia can make a direct impact on families facing childhood cancer, with a week-long Coles Express and Redkite ‘round up’ fundraiser starting today, Monday 21 June.

Coles Express Redkite Week

Coles Express customers all over Australia can make a direct impact on families facing childhood cancer, with a week-long Coles Express and Redkite ‘round up’ fundraiser starting today, Monday 21 June.

News
26th May

26 May ’21
24-hour Golf Challenge

A group of Brisbane golfing mates, led by Cricket Australia’s Lachlan Begg, are putting themselves through a gruelling 24-hour golf challenge to raise vital funds for Redkite.

24-hour Golf Challenge

A group of Brisbane golfing mates, led by Cricket Australia’s Lachlan Begg, are putting themselves through a gruelling 24-hour golf challenge to raise vital funds for Redkite.

News
21st May

21 May ’21
Redkite welcomes new Chairman, Mark Rigotti

After almost 30 years of supporting Redkite, Mark now takes on the important role of Chairman of Redkite’s Board of Directors.

Redkite welcomes new Chairman, Mark Rigotti

After almost 30 years of supporting Redkite, Mark now takes on the important role of Chairman of Redkite’s Board of Directors.

Teenage cancer patient blowing bubbles in hospital

Community
20th May

20 May ’21
Teah is rebuilding her life with the support of Redkite

Supporter news Teah is rebuilding her life with the support of Redkite At 17, and in remission from acute lymphoblastic…

Teah is rebuilding her life with the support of Redkite

Supporter news Teah is rebuilding her life with the support of Redkite At 17, and in remission from acute lymphoblastic…

Ava and Ollie smiling

Community
19th May

19 May ’21
Your kindness is helping families like Ava’s. Thank you!

Supporter news Your kindness is helping families like Ava’s. Thank you! When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the financial…

Your kindness is helping families like Ava’s. Thank you!

Supporter news Your kindness is helping families like Ava’s. Thank you! When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the financial…

Mother and daughter hug on a hospital bed, with a banner of the Kleenex and Redkite logos beneath them

News
12th May

12 May ’21
Kleenex® partnership helps families facing childhood cancer

While stocks last, every box of Kleenex® Everyday Jumbo Tissues sold at Coles will help a family facing childhood cancer.

Kleenex® partnership helps families facing childhood cancer

While stocks last, every box of Kleenex® Everyday Jumbo Tissues sold at Coles will help a family facing childhood cancer.

News
15th Apr

15 Apr ’21
Podcast – Why it’s time men talked about their feelings

In the latest episode of his podcast, Byron Cooke and his guests open up about asking for help, mental wellbeing and why there’s no time like the present for Australian men to reach out.

Podcast – Why it’s time men talked about their feelings

In the latest episode of his podcast, Byron Cooke and his guests open up about asking for help, mental wellbeing and why there’s no time like the present for Australian men to reach out.

Community
23rd Mar

23 Mar ’21
Interview with Claire Masula, Redkite’s Senior Social Worker

During her career as a social worker, Claire found it was her work with young people, children and their families that was making her heart light up.

Interview with Claire Masula, Redkite’s Senior Social Worker

During her career as a social worker, Claire found it was her work with young people, children and their families that was making her heart light up.

News
23rd Mar

23 Mar ’21
D2D20: Meet two of the winners

Last year, Miranda, from the Gold Coast and Lara, from Dural, were two of just eight young Australians to be awarded a Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream scholarship.

D2D20: Meet two of the winners

Last year, Miranda, from the Gold Coast and Lara, from Dural, were two of just eight young Australians to be awarded a Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream scholarship.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
Mum and Dad inspired to go Dry in July in support of Redkite

Kate and James Rule were inspired to take part in Dry July in support of Redkite’s programs for young people facing cancer.

Mum and Dad inspired to go Dry in July in support of Redkite

Kate and James Rule were inspired to take part in Dry July in support of Redkite’s programs for young people facing cancer.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
Thanks to you, Dads are even better together

When Karl’s seven-year-old son Richie was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, he struggled to talk about how he was feeling.

Thanks to you, Dads are even better together

When Karl’s seven-year-old son Richie was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, he struggled to talk about how he was feeling.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
Your beautiful acts of kindness helped Hugh and his family

Cancer seems like a lifetime ago for 10-year-old Hugh and his family. But his mum, Tess, still has the Red Bag that provided her with essentials when he was diagnosed.

Your beautiful acts of kindness helped Hugh and his family

Cancer seems like a lifetime ago for 10-year-old Hugh and his family. But his mum, Tess, still has the Red Bag that provided her with essentials when he was diagnosed.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
Childhood cancer comes at a great cost

When eight-year-old Abdullah was diagnosed with leukaemia, his mum Reema dropped everything to be by his side in hospital.

Childhood cancer comes at a great cost

When eight-year-old Abdullah was diagnosed with leukaemia, his mum Reema dropped everything to be by his side in hospital.

Mum, Leah, cuddling her daughter, Hailey, on a hospital bed.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
In 2020, you helped kids get through the double threats of cancer and covid

You may remember bubbly six-year-old Hailey we told you about before Christmas.

In 2020, you helped kids get through the double threats of cancer and covid

You may remember bubbly six-year-old Hailey we told you about before Christmas.

Community
2nd Feb

2 Feb ’21
Time to get crunching!

It’s Crunch time! When you participate in Crunch4Kids, your family and friends will sit up and take notice.

Time to get crunching!

It’s Crunch time! When you participate in Crunch4Kids, your family and friends will sit up and take notice.

Mother, father and teenage son, baby son and four-year-old son who has cancer

News
16th Dec

16 Dec ’20
A little Coles Christmas cheer at the end of a tough year

Christmas came early for nearly 2000 families when they received a special gift from Coles.

A little Coles Christmas cheer at the end of a tough year

Christmas came early for nearly 2000 families when they received a special gift from Coles.

Coles Express Round Up Week

Community
26th Nov

26 Nov ’20
Coles Express: Rounding up support for families with cancer this Christmas

Redkite Week at Coles Express has become an incredibly dynamic, fun and engaging community fundraising initiative, raising much-needed funds for Redkite families.

Coles Express: Rounding up support for families with cancer this Christmas

Redkite Week at Coles Express has become an incredibly dynamic, fun and engaging community fundraising initiative, raising much-needed funds for Redkite families.

Lady filling car with petrol with baby on hip overlayed with text "What you've made possible"

Community
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
The impact of your support

You told us you would like to know more about the impact your support makes. In the past year, you’ve helped to…

The impact of your support

You told us you would like to know more about the impact your support makes. In the past year, you’ve helped to…

News
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
Storytelling with a difference

How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

Storytelling with a difference

How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

Community
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line

News & media Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line Team Vari finish their 23 day, 740km childhood cancer…

Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line

News & media Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line Team Vari finish their 23 day, 740km childhood cancer…

A mum hugging her daughter on a hospital bed.

Community
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
After months apart, Leah and Hailey are reunited with their family

Supporter news After months apart, Leah and Hailey are reunited with their family The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many people lives….

After months apart, Leah and Hailey are reunited with their family

Supporter news After months apart, Leah and Hailey are reunited with their family The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many people lives….

News
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
A day in the life of a hospital-based social worker

News & media A day in the life of a hospital-based social worker When a child with cancer is admitted…

A day in the life of a hospital-based social worker

News & media A day in the life of a hospital-based social worker When a child with cancer is admitted…

Isabella is seen with a bandana on her head smiling for the camera

Community
23rd Nov

23 Nov ’20
Isabella shaves her head in support of Redkite

News & media Isabella shaves her head in support of Redkite While receiving treatment at Westmead Children’s Hospital, eight-year-old Isabella…

Isabella shaves her head in support of Redkite

News & media Isabella shaves her head in support of Redkite While receiving treatment at Westmead Children’s Hospital, eight-year-old Isabella…

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Community
26th Oct

26 Oct ’20
Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line

Two mothers, who walked for 740kms and 23 days through South Australia for their daughter Natalie’s dying wish to pay it forward for others, arrived at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 23 October.

Trek for kids with cancer crosses finish line

Two mothers, who walked for 740kms and 23 days through South Australia for their daughter Natalie’s dying wish to pay it forward for others, arrived at the Royal Adelaide Hospital on 23 October.

Community
21st Sep

21 Sep ’20
Cancer gives Kyle, twice diagnosed with disease, a reason to run

Twice diagnosed with cancer, Kyle takes on the 4x4x48 Challenge this September to raise funds for Redkite.

Cancer gives Kyle, twice diagnosed with disease, a reason to run

Twice diagnosed with cancer, Kyle takes on the 4x4x48 Challenge this September to raise funds for Redkite.

Community
24th Aug

24 Aug ’20
Bookworm mum raffles off best-sellers for kids with cancer

A young mother who has rediscovered her passion for reading thanks to COVID-19, is sharing her love of books to raise money for Redkite, and she’s inspired a raft of best-selling authors to help her.

Bookworm mum raffles off best-sellers for kids with cancer

A young mother who has rediscovered her passion for reading thanks to COVID-19, is sharing her love of books to raise money for Redkite, and she’s inspired a raft of best-selling authors to help her.

Community
10th Aug

10 Aug ’20
Border closures no barrier to childhood cancer awareness trek

Belinda and Maria had planned to walk all the way from Adelaide to Melbourne in memory of their late daughter. But when COVID-19 closed the state border, the mothers took a different path.

Border closures no barrier to childhood cancer awareness trek

Belinda and Maria had planned to walk all the way from Adelaide to Melbourne in memory of their late daughter. But when COVID-19 closed the state border, the mothers took a different path.

Community
6th Jul

6 Jul ’20
Grand effort from Coles North Lakes raises much-needed funds for kids with cancer

The team at Coles North Lakes in Queensland crushed their fundraising goal and raised $1127 in Redkite’s Crunch 4 Kids with Cancer.

Grand effort from Coles North Lakes raises much-needed funds for kids with cancer

The team at Coles North Lakes in Queensland crushed their fundraising goal and raised $1127 in Redkite’s Crunch 4 Kids with Cancer.

Community
1st Jul

1 Jul ’20
Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village raises over $5000 for kids with cancer

Vinny’s Village, the family ab-crunching squad from Port Augusta, raised over $5000 in the Crunch 4 Kids challenge. Redkite supported Vinny’s family after the five-month-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village raises over $5000 for kids with cancer

Vinny’s Village, the family ab-crunching squad from Port Augusta, raised over $5000 in the Crunch 4 Kids challenge. Redkite supported Vinny’s family after the five-month-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

A mum hugging her daughter on a hospital bed.

Advocacy and research
24th Jun

24 Jun ’20
Childhood cancer & COVID-19 cause peak parental stress

A recent survey of parents and carers of children with cancer receiving support from leading childhood cancer support charity Redkite, found that nearly two thirds (64%) rated their stress as high – seven or more out of 10.

Childhood cancer & COVID-19 cause peak parental stress

A recent survey of parents and carers of children with cancer receiving support from leading childhood cancer support charity Redkite, found that nearly two thirds (64%) rated their stress as high – seven or more out of 10.

Community
8th Jun

8 Jun ’20
Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village supports families and kids with cancer

Vinny was diagnosed with cancer at two-months-old. His family is now raising funds for Redkite during Crunch 4 Kids.

Crunch 4 Kids: Vinny’s Village supports families and kids with cancer

Vinny was diagnosed with cancer at two-months-old. His family is now raising funds for Redkite during Crunch 4 Kids.

Community
25th May

25 May ’20
Crunch 4 Kids: Get #quarantoned for kids with cancer

Harry Cunningham, Sydney Swans midfielder, wants you to join the team that’s getting #quarantoned for kids with cancer this June.

Crunch 4 Kids: Get #quarantoned for kids with cancer

Harry Cunningham, Sydney Swans midfielder, wants you to join the team that’s getting #quarantoned for kids with cancer this June.

Advocacy and research
7th Apr

7 Apr ’20
Cartoons give people a taste of a world with cancer and COVID-19

Powerful cartoon series draws parallels between childhood cancer and life in a global pandemic.

Cartoons give people a taste of a world with cancer and COVID-19

Powerful cartoon series draws parallels between childhood cancer and life in a global pandemic.

News
1st Apr

1 Apr ’20
Coles Hot Cross Buns help provide critical support to families with cancer

Critical phone counselling for families of children with cancer during the pandemic will receive a funding boost through the sale of Coles traditional hot cross buns this Easter.

Coles Hot Cross Buns help provide critical support to families with cancer

Critical phone counselling for families of children with cancer during the pandemic will receive a funding boost through the sale of Coles traditional hot cross buns this Easter.

News
31st Mar

31 Mar ’20
Stockland keeps Redkite’s family support lines open during lockdown

When COVID-19 put the country into lockdown, Stockland’s donation of laptops kept Redkite’s support lines open.

Stockland keeps Redkite’s family support lines open during lockdown

When COVID-19 put the country into lockdown, Stockland’s donation of laptops kept Redkite’s support lines open.

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Community
3rd Feb

3 Feb ’20
Trekkers to reach their peak for Redkite

Melbourne couple David and Hayley Smith-Devereux are swapping the building tops of the city for the mountain tops of the Himalayas in April for a cause that is close to their hearts.

Trekkers to reach their peak for Redkite

Melbourne couple David and Hayley Smith-Devereux are swapping the building tops of the city for the mountain tops of the Himalayas in April for a cause that is close to their hearts.

Community
1st Feb

1 Feb ’20
Sydney Swans star celebrates unsung hero of childhood cancer

Harry Cunningham, from the Sydney Swans, features in eBook For the Love of Bread by national children’s cancer charity Redkite.

Sydney Swans star celebrates unsung hero of childhood cancer

Harry Cunningham, from the Sydney Swans, features in eBook For the Love of Bread by national children’s cancer charity Redkite.

News
1st Jan

1 Jan ’20
Chayde Tooley receives Redkite & Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship to help fulfil his dream of reaching the skies

With his Redkite and Coles 2019 Dare to Dream Scholarship, Chayde Tooley’s dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot is about to take off.

Chayde Tooley receives Redkite & Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship to help fulfil his dream of reaching the skies

With his Redkite and Coles 2019 Dare to Dream Scholarship, Chayde Tooley’s dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot is about to take off.

Community
25th Nov

25 Nov ’19
Christmas lights shine for children with cancer

Snow in summer, a life-sized Santa Claus on a rocking chair, and a walk-through dome full of twinkling coloured lights are just some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland for Melbourne residents from Sunday, 1 December.

Christmas lights shine for children with cancer

Snow in summer, a life-sized Santa Claus on a rocking chair, and a walk-through dome full of twinkling coloured lights are just some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland for Melbourne residents from Sunday, 1 December.

Advocacy and research
11th Sep

11 Sep ’19
New research reveals the cost of cancer impacting Australian families

A Redkite survey reveals the hidden financial burden childhood cancer puts on families.

New research reveals the cost of cancer impacting Australian families

A Redkite survey reveals the hidden financial burden childhood cancer puts on families.

Community
6th Jun

6 Jun ’19
How Country Road are helping families like Kerryn’s

For 10 years, a Country Road bear has been packed in every Redkite Red Bag. Here’s just one bear’s story.

How Country Road are helping families like Kerryn’s

For 10 years, a Country Road bear has been packed in every Redkite Red Bag. Here’s just one bear’s story.

News
5th Jun

5 Jun ’19
Country Road unveils a new Red Bag for families facing cancer

To celebrate 10 years of partnership, Country Road has given Redkite’s Red Bag a major makeover.

Country Road unveils a new Red Bag for families facing cancer

To celebrate 10 years of partnership, Country Road has given Redkite’s Red Bag a major makeover.

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