The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is an Adelaide-based charity raising vital funds to support people in hospitals across South Australia through vital health and medical research, and improved patient care.
The partnership between SuperCycle and THRF fits perfectly with THRF’s commitment to support families experiencing the heartbreak of cancer in South Australia. Funding for cancer research and patient care represents a large portion of THRF’s commitment to striving towards a healthy South Australia, and helping cancer patients by providing exceptional care and convenient, comfortable accommodation is a significant part of that.
THE GOAL OF MERCER SUPERCYCLE
Family style of accommodation for country cancer patients such as Under Our Roof is lacking in Adelaide.
SuperCycle Inc. played a vital role in raising funds to build the first two Under Our Roof homes for country cancer patients, which opened in 2015 in Woodville West in close proximity to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). The unique part of Under Our Roof is that the homes built are designed specifically for families, allowing patients to have the all-important support networks around them, which ultimately aids in recovery and comfort when going through cancer treatment. This style of accommodation for country cancer patients is lacking in Adelaide, and is an identified need by doctors who treat rural cancer patients and is echoed by the patients themselves. You can view more photos of the homes now they are complete, as well as during the build in our gallery.
Since the homes opened, demand has been significant and there is a need to build more family-style accommodation. In 2017, riders and support crew will be raising money to enable the construction of the second Under Our Roof project, again, somewhere close to both the RAH and TQEH – SA’s leading cancer treatment hospitals.
Families like the Hall’s have found Under Our Roof to be a complete home-away-from-home. The Hall’s are from Whyalla, 4 hours away from Adelaide. 41-year-old father of three Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2015. The Hall family moved three times in the city while undergoing all the tests and treatments that went along with the diagnosis until they discovered the Under Our Roof homes.
Spending six weeks in Mercer House – their spacious and comfortable ‘home away from home’, made a difficult time a little more bearable. Read more of their story here.
They are grateful to all the Riders, Support Crew, Sponsors and Donors of Mercer SuperCycle for helping make these homes a reality!
IMPACT REPORT – For a printable brochure about the impact of Under Our Roof, click here.
For more information about The Hospital Research Foundation visit the website.
Interstate riders can give up to 50% of their fundraising to an additional charity of choice. Please contact Bianca at THRF for more information on (08) 7002 0806 or firstname.lastname@example.org