The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia (now Redkite) was a non profit agency founded in New South Wales in August 1983. It was then established in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. The organisation was inspired by renowned conductor, pianist and organist, Sir Malcolm Sargent (pictured).
In its early years, The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia primarily provided financial grants and practical assistance to families who had children with cancer. To meet the needs of children and families, new services were later introduced. These include the provision of social workers and music therapists in hospitals, scholarships and education grants, bereavement support, family days and community support services such as email and phone counselling.
In 2005 The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia merged. They were joined by Victoria in 2007 to become a single organisation under the name Redkite.
Providing essential support to children and young people with cancer, and their families, has been Redkite's focus for over 30 years. They have here throughout the whole cancer journey, from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment finishes.
They have here for children and young people (24 and under) from diagnosis, throughout treatment, and after treatment ends. Their support includes:
-Financial assistance to cover essential costs
-Information, counselling and group support
-Support to keep education and career goals on track
-Support through grief and loss
-Diagnosis support packs for children and young adults
-Support in hospital through social workers and music therapists
Redkite receives no government funding. They rely entirely on the generosity of the community to provide these important services.
Vision: Supporting every child, teenager and young adult with cancer, and their family, who need them.
Purpose: To provide essential support to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family – now and into the future.
Services Philosophy: Every child and young person’s experience of cancer is unique. To give a child or young person the best chance of managing the cancer journey positively, the whole family and each individual needs to be supported to manage their unique cancer experience. By alleviating the financial and emotional stress and enabling children, young people, their families and their support networks to develop their strengths and skills, Redkite assists the whole family to achieve that positive end.
Promise: You are not alone with cancer. They will listen, respect and respond to you and your family with essential support from hospital to home.See more