Breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Australia has been left frustrated after it was told it can’t use a “Christmas Card” to collect donations to its charity care fund.
The gift of a “disma” card from Breast Cancer Charity, which was previously available to charities in the Northern Territory, was sent to a “district” of the Northern Territories by the organisation’s head office in Adelaide, the ABC reported.
The card says: “A Christmas card is just a gift.
Donate now for a Christmas card.
It will be mailed to your local area.”
But when the recipient was sent the card, the organisation said the gift had been delivered.
“If we have not received the gift from our regional office, we will ask you to provide us with a valid postal address so we can contact you to receive the gift,” the card says.
“We will be able to contact you again after you receive the card.”
The ABC contacted the organisation but did not receive a response by time of publication.
A spokeswoman for the Northern Australian branch of Breast Cancer, which has three branches in the country, said it was a non-issue.
“It’s the Northern Regional branch that’s sending the card and the one that’s dealing with the issues,” the spokeswoman said.
“The branch is not involved in fundraising or fundraising.”
But in a statement posted on the organisation Facebook page, the branch said it could not comment on individual cases.
“Unfortunately we cannot comment on each individual case individually.
However, we can confirm that the branch is in contact with each member of the community who is suffering from breast cancer,” the statement read.”
This has been the case for over a year and is one of the reasons we’ve been so open about the problem.”
Please understand that there is a strong sense of shame and isolation from your family and friends, which is not uncommon for those with breast cancer.
“The spokeswoman said the branch did not use “disease awareness” to encourage donations to the charity, which helps people who have been diagnosed with breast or colorectal cancer.”
All donations are used to provide support for breast cancer survivors, support for those affected by the disease and to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which includes Breast Cancer Foundation,” the Facebook post read.
Topics:cancer,community-and-society,human-interest,united-statesFirst posted March 01, 2019 08:01:23Contact Josh King