eftpos targets diabetes and skin cancer with up to $2 million Giveback donation
eftpos today announced this year’s Giveback donation of up to $2 million would be used to fight two of Australia’s prevalent diseases – diabetes and skin cancer.
eftpos CEO Mr Bruce Mansfield said eftpos had selected Diabetes Australia and Cancer Council Australia to receive this year’s Giveback donation, based on a number of criteria including the quality of their proposals and the outcome of an online poll which showed strong community support for disease prevention, management and medical research.
Mr Mansfield said that of the 70,000 Australians who voted in this year’s online poll, almost one in four (24.72%), indicated their support for the donation to charity partners within this category.
Diabetes Australia will use the donation toward the development of an awareness and prevention campaign, including a digital platform and mobile application that will assist more than a million Australians with diabetes.
Cancer Council Australia will use the donation to fund a new program that aims to build shade structures at selected high schools across the country.
Cancer and diabetes are two of the biggest threats to the health of everyday Australians and we are very pleased to be able to support these two great charities,” Mr Mansfield said.
“In the lead up to Christmas we will be asking Australians to show their support for the eftpos Giveback by pressing CHQ and SAV at the checkout.”
Mr Mansfield said selecting this year’s Giveback charity partners was a tough decision and involved assessing more than 140 worthy proposals from Australian charities.
Diabetes Australia CEO, Professor Greg Johnson said the Giveback donation would help to get the message to the community about the seriousness of the diabetes epidemic as Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease.
“Diabetes is one of the major threats to the health and productivity of Australians in the 21st century and this eftpos Australia support will help us to build a stronger awareness campaign and a much better online technology platform to support people with diabetes, connect people to supports, programs and services, and reduce the impact of diabetes on the lives of many people,” Prof. Johnson said.
Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver: “We are excited to be working with eftpos on this innovative campaign. Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world – two in three Australians get skin cancer by the age of 70 and around 2,000 Australians die of skin cancer each year. By offering more Australian high school students shade protection during lunch breaks during their teenage years, we can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer now and later in life.”
In lead up to Christmas, Australians will be asked to support the eftpos Giveback by pressing CHQ or SAV at the checkout.
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