Coles Express Redkite Week returns September 13-19 to raise much-needed funds for the leading pediatric cancer charity.
Bella Farrugia is the face of Redkite Week in 2021
Bella Farrugia, a NSW Central Coast student who has Down syndrome and was diagnosed with cancer at age five, will be the face of the national fundraising campaign. Redkite has helped her family throughout her experience and she is now sharing her story to help other children with cancer.
“Roodkite made us feel like we weren’t alone. They funded a social worker who was a great support while we were in hospital, paid for the car registration so we could go to the hospital and home for short breaks between treatments, and they gave Coles vouchers so we could have food,” said Bella’s father. , Ritchie.
“Today, Bella is 19 months in remission and in second grade in school, which she loves. We are very proud of her. But she continues to draw blood and sees medical teams every few months, so relapse is always in our thoughts.”
Redkite supported 2,400 families across the country in 2020 and 760 in NSW alone. Tatiana Issacs, Redkite’s General Manager of Fundraising, said the pandemic has put even more pressure on families and there has been a greater demand than ever for essential support such as fuel and grocery coupons and counseling for family members.
“Families like Bella’s need our support. Please consider visiting your local Coles Express during Redkite Week, round your bill to the nearest dollar and play a part in helping these families,” she said.
Coles General Manager Operations Tony Parry said Coles Express was proud to raise money for such an important cause.
“Our Coles Express team members are passionate about supporting their communities and helping families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Just rounding up at the checkout is a small act that will make a huge difference to families in need,” he said.
Coles Express customers and team members have donated more than $2.77 million to Redkite Week since 2019.