Cancer patients and their families who are
in desperate need of a short break away can enjoy a cosy getaway this spring by
taking advantage of a Cancer Council Victoria Holiday Break.
The Holiday Break Program provides Victorians
with cancer a one-off short getaway, with accommodation at no cost, by matching
holiday home owners with families affected by the disease.
Katherine Lane, Nurse Manager of Cancer
Council 13 11 20, said the program provides people with a much needed holiday
when it would normally be out of reach.
"Going through a cancer experience is a time
when someone can need a break more than ever, but it's also a time that can be expensive
and stressful so people are less likely to be able to afford a holiday or be in
a position to organise one," Ms Lane said.
"The Holiday Break program means people with
cancer can share quality time with loved ones away from the hectic schedule of
medical appointments and cancer treatment, and with accommodation at no cost."
Ms Lane said winter can be a difficult time
and encouraged eligible families to consider a getaway to somewhere here in
Victoria heading into spring time.
"Spring is the perfect time to shake off
winter and take some time to relax and recharge. Whether you're after a cosy
spot in front of a fireplace or a dog-friendly back yard, we'll work with you
to help you find the right spot for your break. "
previous guest of the Holiday Break program, expressed her gratitude to the
owners of the home she stayed in: "I can't thank you enough for your wonderful
generosity in allowing my family to stay at your beautiful cottage. We enjoyed
everything your relaxing home had to offer, especially the very cosy wood fire.
I will always remember our break away at Marysville."
Last year, Cancer Council Victoria provided
114 cancer patients and their families with a short holiday break. This
35 year old man who called Information and Support on 13 11 20 to organise a
holiday for his wife (undergoing treatment for bowel cancer) with their two
children. They absolutely loved the beach however were under financial pressure
- and were very thankful for a midweek break at Phillip Island.
68 year old woman with metastatic lung cancer was able to go on a short break
away to the countryside of Mirboo North with her husband and two dogs. Being
able to offer accommodation that was pet friendly meant the "whole family"
young mum was able to take her 13 year old son and family (4 kids, 2 adults) on
a break to the beach after finding out her son was in remission for leukaemia.
It was a way for them to celebrate.
terminally ill lung cancer patient was provided with a beach getaway along with
his adult daughter and her two young children, which was a chance to relax and
share lasting memories.
Ms Lane thanked
the everyday Victorians who generously donate their holiday homes for the
Holiday Break program, and encouraged anyone able to consider donating time at
theirs for others in need of a break.
can provide their homes for any length of time, and at any time of the year. Their
generosity can't be underestimated - this program would not exist without
For more information about the Holiday Break Program,
or to enquire about donating your holiday home, please call Cancer Information
and Support on 13 11 20.
further information, images or interview requests please contact:
Thea Cargill on 03 9514 6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org