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FIONA MARTIN MP SUPPORTS FUNDING BOOST FOR A BLOODY GREAT CAUSE

Tuesday, 30 June 2020
The Foundation for a Bloody Great Cause has received $4,200 through the Morrison Government’s Volunteer Grants to help volunteers in their fundraising efforts for the world-leading Haematology Clinical Research Unit at Concord Cancer Centre.

Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, has said that supporting these volunteers means supporting patients living with life-threatening blood cancers.

“The Foundation for a Bloody Great Cause back the incredible work of the Concord Cancer Centre by raising funds for clinical trial research,” Dr Martin said.

“The work they do has a real impact on the patients living with blood cancers like Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. It not only gives them a better quality of life but also provides hope for a cure.”

The federal funding will be used to purchase IT equipment to support volunteers when they are on the ground fundraising.

Chair of the Foundation for a Bloody Great Cause, Ms Marie Piccin, has said that the grant will allow volunteers to carry out their essential fundraising work.

“We’re thrilled to have secured this Volunteer Grant for $4,200 to purchase credit card terminals, iPads and keyboards to support our volunteers in their fundraising efforts,” Ms Piccin stated.

“Every $80,000 we raise covers the cost of one clinical research nurse for 12 months. More nurses mean that even more patients with life-threatening blood cancers can participate in clinical trials at Concord Hospital and have access to innovative medicines, long before they are publicly available,” Ms Piccin said.

The Bloody Great Committee was formed in 2013 and since that time their volunteers have raised more than $600,000 for the world-leading, blood cancer clinical trials at Concord Cancer Centre, Concord Hospital.

With Sydney Local Health District's endorsement and support, the Foundation for a Bloody Great Cause Limited was established last year, to further the objectives of The Bloody Great Committee.

Volunteers include local community members, patients, their families and representatives from Concord Hospital.

“We are grateful for Fiona Martin’s support for our grant application and sincerely thank her for being such a #bloodygreathelper! It’s a wonderful endorsement of the hard work of our volunteers,” Ms Piccin said.



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