|The "Door Knock" Fundraising Campaign, scheduled this Monday, 22 October, constitutes a significant source of funding for ICA's multitudinous and diverse activities, which are made possible thanks to public donations, receiving no government subsidies whatsoever.
According to National Cancer Registry statistics, there are currently more than 200,000 cancer patients and survivors in Israel, and about 28,000 patients are diagnosed with the disease every year.
Public donations enable the ICA to fund dozens of scientific studies, which promote research to find a cure for the disease, finance nursing, psychology, dietician and social work jobs for professionals who assist cancer patients in hospitals, conduct public information activities to increase cancer prevention awareness, initiate and establish national early detection programs to diagnose various cancers and boost cure rates, help children keep up with their schoolwork, run summer camps for cancer patients, survivors and their families, assist in the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment for oncology centers, lend a hand in the set-up of oncology departments at hospitals across Israel, and act on behalf of cancer patients and survivors and promote their rights.
Tens of thousands of school-age children, members of youth movements, and ICA volunteers who are active in over 70 branches throughout Israel will be taking part in the "Door Knock" campaign.
Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Rivka Balistra, ICA "Door Knock" Fundraising Campaign Manager said: "Tens of thousands of school-age children, members of youth movements and ICA volunteers take part in the fundraising campaign - including new immigrants, volunteers from the Arab and Bedouin population, as well as cancer survivors. The ICA works in close collaboration with the education system, and has a network of volunteers throughout Israel in more than 70 ICA branches. Our aim is to reach every Israeli household from north to south, including Israeli embassies across the globe. The children will reach all cities, kibbutzim and moshavim, as well as all population sectors. You are asked to verify that you have received an official ICA receipt. I call upon the public to open their hearts and donate".