Date: March 6, 2016
The Childhood Cancer Association is a South Australian-based charity that supports kids and their families who are affected by childhood cancer. Taking on referrals from SA, Vic, the NT, and NSW, the association offers counselling, accommodation & respite, education support and survivorship support.
On the 16th of May the staff from the COS South Australia branch presented the team from The Childhood Cancer Association with a $21,824 cheque to support their SIBS (Super important Brothers & Sisters) program. This is a school holiday program designed specifically for children aged 5-12 years who have a brother or sister with cancer.
SIBS offers siblings access to peer bonding and friendships between children in the group, with sessions designed to offer emotional support, practical coping strategies and an understanding of specific issues that siblings of children with cancer face. All this is achieved in a fun and relaxed environment with excursions and activities. The therapeutic element of the group assists siblings in developing resilience and helps to build their self-esteem, supporting them through their journey and beyond.