Support kids with cancer and their families on Talk Like A Pirate Day

Gold Coasters are being urged channel their inner Jack Sparrow this Saturday to support children with cancer and their families.

Talk Like A Pirate Day is on September 19, and is a chance to raise awareness and much need funds for Childhood Cancer Support.

For 45 years, the children’s cancer charity has provided accommodation, transport and support services to regional families whose children are diagnosed with cancer.


Gold Coast mum Cassandra Ebenstreit said the charity has provided incredible support for her family following her three-year-old daughter Rose’s diagnosis with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in May.

“They have been amazing and have saved us in so many ways, including financially,” she said.

“They not only provide a fully equipped home away from home for oncology kids and their families, but they also provide a number of other support services such as a shuttle bus to and from hospital, free groceries, counselling services, family activities and more.

“We are dealing so much already just having a sick child. Childhood Cancer Support has made our lives so much easier by allowing us to be close to the hospital and to focus on Rose’s treatment.”

Cassandra with twin daughters Rose & Lily. PHOTO: Supplied

Ms Ebenstreit encouraged locals to dig deep so Childhood Cancer Support can continue helping families like hers.

“One of the greatest challenges is not being able to be in your own home and not being close to your normal support networks,” she said.

“You’re essentially caring for your sick child alone, which is why Childhood Cancer Support is great as it provides much needed support to families.”

With a child diagnosed with cancer in Australia every 14 hours, Childhood Cancer Support needs the help of the community more than ever this year. To support Talk Like A Pirate Day, visit: