Usually OPAC do a special breakfast for Oncology families who are in hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, but this year was different.
Instead of a Gold Breakfast, the Oncology Parents Advisory Council (OPAC) organised a donation of Bear Brasserie vouchers, which were given out last week, so families could enjoy accessible food while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions limiting visitors and gatherings.
The cost of the vouchers was generously donated by the Intrepid Travelling Troupe (I.T.T.), a theatre group who raise money for the Oncology Treatment Centre, whose contributions over the years have included beautiful murals, distraction resources such as toys and games, provision of a play therapist, and medical equipment.
Our clinic’s very own Dr Wendy Nightingale is a director of the I.T.T. whose popular musical theatre shows, performed by dedicated volunteers, have raised over a million dollars in donations making an enormous difference to patients’ experiences in Oncology.
The Bear Brasserie provides dine in and take-away options of a variety of delicious gourmet style meals and beverages on which the vouchers can be used, and is located on level 2 near Oncology. It’s a year of many changes, but children and their families will still have a very special breakfast thanks to OPAC and the I.T.T..