April 17, 2019

Your step by step guide

We hope everyone in your crew enjoys dressing up and having fun despite the seriousness of childhood brain cancer. Here’s a few tips on what you can do to get started:

Display the poster. You’ll find posters to download in the Party gear section here.

Get in the news. Schools and small businesses often send newsletters out, and local press love a good news story. Share your Pirate Day in May activity among your local community and they might join in the fun too.

Dress up! Everyone including teachers, office workers and retailers can get involved by wearing pirate stripes. You can even download and eye patch and a jaunty paper bandana from our Party gear section.

Collect treasure. In this case, a gold coin donation from everyone who participates. Funds raised go towards childhood brain cancer research.

Choose an activity. Do something fun that reinforces why everyone is dressed as a pirate on the day. You’ll find a bunch of ideas linked to the Australian Curriculum by age group in the Teachers’ aid section here or in this article.

HAVE FUN! Thank you for bringing attention to, and raising money for, childhood brain cancer research. Post all your fun photos on social media using #piratedayinmay.

Some important things to know about childhood cancer

  • Cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease. Brain cancer is the most serious of all the different cancer types.
  • You can’t catch cancer. It’s not like a cold.
  • The treatment given to kids affects their bodies inside and out. They might lose their hair, but they are still themselves, so we shouldn’t be afraid of being their friend.
  • Cancer is a disease. It can make people feel sad and angry. We should talk about how we feel when someone we know has cancer. Talk to someone you trust if you are feeling upset, worried or sad.
  • We are smart. Doctors, scientists and researchers are working to find better treatments and a cure for all childhood cancers, including brain cancer.
  • Everyone can do something to help. Even small things like carrying your friend’s books if they aren’t feeling well. Or send a card or goody bag when they’re in hospital so they know you’re thinking of them.

What doctors, scientists and researchers are doing

All over Australia medical professionals such as doctors, scientists and researchers are working hard to learn more about cancer so that they can find better treatments to help children with the disease get better quicker with no nasty side effects.

Why we need your help

Government funding for medical research only stretches so far. By participating in Pirate Day in May you are helping provide much needed funds for research. The two charities, The Kids’ Cancer Project and The Pirate Ship Foundation who collaboratively run Pirate Day in May, will allocate money raised to brain cancer research projects.

In 2019, funds raised will go toward a study lead by Dr Nick Gottardo at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth. His team aim to find new treatments for medulloblastoma to reduce the long-term toxicities associated with radiation therapy.

Everyone can help

We’ve learned that awareness leads to fundraising, which leads to more scientists able to search for better treatments and a cure. So, when you unleash your inner scallywag, you’re helping in two important ways.

We wish you every success for this fun and informative day.

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