Australia’s local Greek community are once again preparing for their country’s most sacred and celebrated religious festival – Greek Easter.
And it is at this special time, when the family gathers together, that the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) asks the community to take a moment to think of those we may have lost, or who are suffering from the devastating effects of cancer.
As the incidence of cancer increases for all Australians, we need more than ever to continue our investment in breakthrough cancer research. Why? Because our results are making a difference to people’s lives, not just in Australia, but around the world.
Just two weeks ago we were privileged to open the ACRF Centre for Cancer Genomics at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne (the second largest Greek city in the world – after Athens!)
This Centre, funded by a $2.5 million ACRF grant, houses an Australian first – a cutting edge facility which will enable researchers to examine new aspects of cancer biology in order to understand how our genes influence resistance in some people to cancer treatment drugs.
ACRF Chairman Tom Dery was on hand to present the cheque for $2.5 million.
“Eventually this work will lead to more effective, personalised treatments for cancer patients. Significantly, this facility will be available to cancer researchers across Australia, meaning your donations are having an even greater impact than you may think,” said Mr Dery.
ACRF Chief Executive David Brettell had a specific message for Australia’s Greek community, “We thank you so much for your continuing support of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. We are making good progress in the fight to overcome cancer but, as you know, we can’t do it alone,” he said.
“You can help by making a donation online at acrf.com.au, or by phone on 1300 884 988. Every dollar of every donation received by the ACRF goes to cancer research. That is our promise to you, our valued Greek supporters, so please enjoy and give thanks this Easter.
“On behalf of cancer patients present and future, we thank you for your wonderful generosity and say Kalo Pashcha!”
Read full Greek Easter Press Release