FPA joins global effort against cancer on World Cancer Day
The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) will be highlighting its support of Cancer Council’s Pro Bono Financial Planning Referral Service as part of global efforts to raise awareness and education about cancer for World Cancer Day on Sunday 4 February.
World Cancer Day’s primary objective is to get as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer, and every action counts. FPA members are playing their part by generously donating their time to assist cancer patients and their families with a wide range of financial issues on a pro bono basis.
Commenting on the program and its contribution to World Cancer Day, Dante De Gori CFP®, FPA CEO, said: “Financial planners can make a huge difference to families in need of assistance. They can help people with accessing superannuation and insurance, reviewing existing insurance policies and managing finances.
“The program is contributing to the wellbeing of people affected by cancer by reducing stress and financial burden. I am proud of the charitable work being done by our members, and look forward to seeing the financial planning community helping more Australians in need.”
Since the FPA started working with Cancer Council to support the Pro Bono Program in June 2017, FPA members from 67 financial practices across the country have registered to be involved.
A financial planner who is dedicating his time to assist people affected by cancer is Gary Jones AFP®, Founder and Director at The Farm Protectors, based in Bendigo.
“When I heard about the opportunity to take part in Cancer Council’s Pro Bono Program through the FPA in June last year I wanted to become involved because I like to give back to the community when I can. It’s wonderful to be able to help people,” said Mr Jones.
“I’ve been assisting a lady whose husband is dying from terminal cancer. Being able to help her work through financial problems, such as helping them access superannuation funds early, has been very rewarding. A financial planner’s advice can bring relief from the financial pressure, allowing carers to concentrate on looking after their family.”
The FPA will be supporting World Cancer Day by adding Cancer Council’s Pro Bono Financial Planning Referral Service to the World Cancer Day Map of impact. FPA members can read more about the program on the FPA website: www.fpa.com.au/probono.