STA Travel Teams Up With CanTeen in a World-First Partnership to Support Young People Living With Cancer Worldwide STA Travel pledges to raise vital funds for CanTeen
STA Travel has announced a new partnership with CanTeen to raise funds and awareness of the valuable work it does to support young people living with cancer. It’s part of a world-first global partnership that connects organisations helping young people affected by cancer worldwide, including CanTeen Australia, CanTeen New Zealand, Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and Teen Cancer America.
Throughout 2016, STA Travel will raise money for CanTeen through a number of consumer fundraising activities, including giving travellers the opportunity to donate $2 to their booking instore. STA Travel has also invited its staff to get involved, and its Travel Experts raised $25,000 for CanTeen in a charity auction at its annual conference last month.
The travel company also selected Shaun Englehart, a Travel Expert from Australia, to participate in the London marathon on behalf of the global partnership next month. To donate to Shaun please visit www.justgiving.com/shaunsrace.
STA Travel CEO John Constable said: “We are thrilled to be supporting CanTeen. The sad reality is that cancer affects many young people, and as the world’s largest youth-based travel company it touches many of our customers and people worldwide. We send more than two million young people on life-changing trips every year, but there are thousands that miss out due to illness. The work of the organisations that we’ve aligned with is vital and we’re delighted to launch this world-first global partnership. We hope our fundraising efforts will go some way to help CanTeen provide the best possible care and support to those facing this challenge.”
CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard said: “Thousands of young people across the globe have to face the immense challenge of cancer so we’re incredibly excited to be part of this innovative worldwide fundraising partnership with STA Travel.”
“Every day, another three young Australians are diagnosed with cancer and have their whole world turned upside down.
“CanTeen helps them cope by providing specialist, youth-specific treatment teams as well as the opportunity to connect with others their age who truly understand what’s it like to be a young person with cancer.
“The funds raised through this partnership with STA Travel will allow CanTeen to help more young people cope with the huge impact that cancer has on their life, develop resilience and rebuild the foundations that crumbled beneath them when cancer crashed into their life,” Mr Orchard said.
Benji Killorn had to face the challenge of cancer twice, having been treated for Neuroblastoma as an infant and a secondary cancer in his thyroid as he started high-school. “CanTeen has really made such a big difference to everything in my life. It’s given me a massive support network of people who understand what I’m going through. It’s a place where you can be yourself, with other people in the same boat as you, and you can get free support, help and information about anything,” Benji said.
Benji has transformed his cancer experience into an opportunity to help others and is now the National President of CanTeen a role that helps to ensure that the organisation truly understands how cancer is different in a young person’s world.
In addition to supporting young people with cancer, CanTeen also supports young people dealing with a close family member’s cancer.
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