ESCA CancerSupport Paddle for Cancer Support Festival Statement
2020 Edition CANCELLED due to
Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19

cancer doesn’t stop, neither do we

ESCA CS is acutely aware of the current situation concerning the continued spread of COVID-19 and its possible impact on the Paddle for CancerSupport Festival.

We wish to keep our clients and supporters as safe as possible. This underpins all our actions.  We have therefore made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival. We have not taken this decision lightly and feel it is in the best interest of those we serve.

We hope that the measures enacted by the Swiss Authorities will bring the spread of the virus under control soon.  We will do our part to continue with hand washing and social distancing protocols.  We definitely plan to have the Festival again in 2021- even bigger and better!  To be able to come together after what is currently happening as a show of solidarity would be an incredible experience for everyone. We would love it if you could already SAVE THE DATE in your agenda:

2021 Paddle for CancerSupport will be held on Sunday, September 5

We need your help now more than ever!

We recognise and know that these are challenging times for everyone in a variety of ways and that many people are now working from home – this is also the case for ESCA CS.

It is difficult to imagine the many concerns that our clients will have at the moment – will cancer treatments continue, is it safe to go to hospital to have these treatments, not being able to visit in person family and friends who provide much needed support.  It means having support available is even more important than before.  ESCA CS is working extra hard to make sure people know they are not alone even though we are all apart, “self-isolating”. We want to make sure that no one faces cancer alone.

Most of our core services are still carrying on; our counsellors are still working using Skype. Our trained and supervised Peer Supporters are continuing contact with their clients also via phone or other messaging services.

More challenging has been the suspension of group activities; these are so important to many for the contact, discussion and support.  Use of technology means our group activities – weekly yoga, gym and Pilates sessions, and our BP Coffee morning and Lausanne Support monthly are all now back up and running. We are so grateful to our therapists and volunteers for their enthusiasm and energy to keep these activities available.

The Support Team is in contact with all of our clients, and we have increased our social media messages and are sending regular messages to our volunteers to keep them engaged.  Maintaining the support services, even virtually, is vital to so many.

Many of our smaller fundraisers have been postponed and will more than like be cancelled, as well as awareness events such as the illumination of the Jet d’Eau. This means we need your help now more than ever.

Because we have had to cancel the Festival, exceptionally Teams that have paid will have the option to be reimbursed or allow their payments to stay as donations to ESCA CS. These immensely generous donations would help defer the costs that ESCA CS will have to bear due to cancellation of the Festival as a result of matters beyond its control.

Although we will struggle, we will come out of this and we will keep doing what we’re doing – of that we are certain. We are working to develop some kind of virtual fundraiser but in the meantime, if you could still DONATE  it would be greatly appreciated. 

We sincerely hope that the spread of the disease will abate for everyone’s sake.

Thank you for your understanding…… and don’t forget to wash your hands!!

The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health provides extensive advice on how to protect yourself and others; full details can be found here.

The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health also regularly updates general information on the outbreak of COVID-19; details can be found here.

Please check back regularly for updates.

Best regards,

Candice Richardet-Briand
Paddle for CancerSupport Festival Coordinator

Chris Swan
Paddle for CancerSupport Volunteer Coordinator