Finding new ways to beat blood cancer

Accommodation at RNA Showgrounds

The Green units at the RNA Showgrounds. Image representational only. Render only artist impression.

More and more Queenslanders are relying on us for support on their blood cancer journey.

For many, a blood cancer diagnosis means relocating to Brisbane so they can immediately start treatment. That means they need somewhere to stay, a home-away-from-home.

Our current accommodation centres in Brisbane already help hundreds of people each year but we need more accommodation to cope with demand.

So, to continue our commitment to blood cancer patients and their families, we have entered into an agreement with Lend Lease and Westpac to secure 30 apartments in the new residential development at the RNA Showgrounds to be built over the next two years.

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This project is a little different to the usual accommodation model we currently have. At the moment we have three accommodation villages in Brisbane and one in Townsville that are entirely dedicated to providing a place to stay, along with emotional and practical support for patients and their families.

However, increased building costs and a lack of suitable and affordable land close to treating centres means we can’t continue to meet demand by building purpose-built villages.

The solution is this innovative yet simple shared value model which will provide a flexible, scalable, cost effective and sustainable approach to accommodation provision into the future.

Patient and family support

The units that have been purchased at the RNA are stand-alone units which are part of a public residential building rather than a dedicated Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland village. Importantly, patients and their families will still be able to access vital support with our staff available on site.

Fourteen units are expected to be completed by the middle of next year in the first stage of the development. To make sure we’re able to have them ready for patients and their families to use straight away, we also need to raise funds to furnish the units and transform them into homes.

Our Project:home appeal has been launched as a major fundraising initiative to secure the $281,400 needed to provide a happy and homely environment, free of charge, for people who need accommodation while undergoing treatment for blood cancer.

We still need $234,173 to ensure these units will be ready for patients as soon as they are completed. Please consider giving a gift so we can order the furnishings needed to transform them into welcoming homes for those affected by blood cancer.

 

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