You Can, the Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program, raised a record $640,000 AUD at Melbourne’s Crown Riverwalk.
Celebrities including Anthony Callea, Giaan Rooney, Tim Campbell and Jessica Mauboy entertained nearly 400 guests during the fundraiser, the third River4Ward event held in Victoria’s capital.
“We are ecstatic to have raised such a phenomenal amount in our third River4Ward event. It is truly heart-warming to see corporate, government, celebrities and media networks come together to raise serious funds for You Can” said Sony Foundation CEO, Sophie Ryan. “Sony Foundation is determined to fill the gap between adult and paediatric care by building specialised youth cancer centres and services for Australia’s young cancer patients. The large scale funding event that Rver4Ward has become, allows this to happen.”
The You Can program is dedicated to the construction of specialised youth cancer centres around Australia, targeted at patients between 15-25 years old. This year’s River4Ward event will also fund Sony Foundation’s virtual You Can Centre, known as The You Can Network. According to Sony, the online platform “will enable young patients, their families and friends to connect with those going through similar issues regardless of their proximity to a physical You Can Centre.”
To learn more about You Can, head here.