VolunteerVoice A newsletter for Cancer Council NSW volunteers
Spring Edition September 2012
Volunteers and our vital research
Cancer is a term for more than 200 diseases that have different causes and methods of treatment. Cancer research focuses on improving our understanding of the different types of cancer, and developing better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat these diseases. The three types of research used to achieve these results are population studies, laboratory studies and clinical trials. Cancer Council NSW research division undertakes population research, also known as epidemiological research. Concerned with the causes and effects of disease on groups of people (populations), we are looking for the reasons that people get sick. This often leads to recommendations for ways to reduce the burden of a disease. To learn more about the research Cancer Council does, as well as further information on clinical trials, turn to Page 7 for information on our new Understanding Clinical Trials and Research booklet.
Invaluable assistance of our volunteers In the research division we are lucky enough to have incredibly dedicated volunteers, some who’ve been with us for over 5 years. Volunteers assist widely throughout the research division in literature reviewing, data entry and data ‘cleaning’, lay and foreign language translating, developing research communication material and dissemination-planning. Volunteers can also participate in research studies. In April 2012, the Cancer Research Division began conducting a new study titled the Stability Study. The aim of this study is to address the potential risks associated with blood collection and the impact this can have on the results of research studies that use these samples. For example, interruptions in transport or incorrect storage processes can have Continued on page 2
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Volunteers select research grants Did you know that volunteers help pick the research Cancer Council NSW funds every year, making sure that we keep our close connection with the community? Cancer Council allocates over $10 million in research grants each year to look into everything from better prevention to new treatments for cancer. Researchers submit grant applications to us, explaining what they wish to investigate and why it’s important. These applications are sent to two groups – a scientific panel, and a panel of trained cancer survivors and carers, known as ‘consumers’.
...volunteers help pick the research Cancer Council NSW funds every year The scientists read through the grant proposal to make sure it’s scientifically valid and will get good results. The consumers, however, have been trained to look at whether the results benefit real-world cancer patients, if the research is equitable, and how consumers were involved in the development of the research proposal. Continued on page 7
Editorial Team: Michael McGennan and Lucy Mowat. Feedback and contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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from Volunteer Coordinator, Meghan Hermann
National Volunteer Week, 14-20 May, was a tremendous success for Cancer Council NSW across the entire state. Each office hosted Thank You Morning Teas for our amazing volunteers, including one morning tea each day at head office in Woolloomooloo. Cancer Council NSW volunteers contribute over 250,000 hours a year, equalling 6.5 million dollars in wages annually if all of these people where paid. Volunteers are from all walks of life. Volunteering for school
credit, doing pro bono work for their employer, retirees looking to keep busy, people looking for job experience as they work on re-entering the work force, as just some examples of people who volunteer. The roster of achievements of our volunteers is endless, with many staff members sharing stories of what their volunteers do and how it would be impossible to run Cancer Council without their support. The pride and gratitude that staff expressed during each morning tea was overwhelming.
Tanya Byrne, Event Administrator Centre for Corporate Services, shared a story about one of her great volunteers, Pat. “Pat will have been with us for 19 years in July. He is such an inspiration coming in every Wednesday. He knows everyone, has great stories to tell about our predecessors and the progress that Cancer Council has made. He and the rest of our volunteers are such valuable assets. I don’t know what we would do without them.”
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significant impact on the quality of the blood sample and may result in the sample becoming unusable. Volunteers, like David Goldsbury (pictured below) have participated in the first phase of this study by donating a blood sample. The sample was equivalent to five tablespoons, or 23 per cent of a standard blood donation to the Red Cross Blood Bank. Samples are confidentially stored over the next decades at the Cancer Council Biobank and analysed as needed for quality control purposes. This study, like many others, is made possible due to the generous participation of volunteers. To register your interest in a research study such as this, please complete the postcard accompanying this newsletter, or contact the Join a Research Study hotline on (02) 9334 1398.
Emma’s Cancer Council journey Emma Ryan first joined Cancer Council NSW as a volunteer. She wrote the following article earlier this year about her experiences with us in that role. Emma (pictured right) has since joined Cancer Council’s staff. “I am a postgraduate law student and have been a volunteer paralegal with the Legal and Financial Planning Referral Services (LFPRS) at Cancer Council since July 2011. The LFPRS is focused on helping those cancer patients and carers who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of advice by linking them with lawyers and financial planners who generously assist on a pro bono basis. As part of my role, I talk to patients and carers to obtain details of matters, conduct research on the relevant issues involved, and then prepare referrals to the lawyers and financial planners partnered with the service. “In doing this I have acquired practical legal skills and expanded my knowledge of the law on everything from wills to employment and discrimination. Even more rewarding, however, has been the
“...the help we provide, no matter how small in the context of a cancer patient or carer’s journey, makes a real difference” opportunity to become a part of the vibrant Cancer Council community, to see first-hand how the help we provide, no matter how small in the context of a cancer patient or carer’s journey, makes a real difference.”
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A Volunteer Project...
Our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) ...continued from Volunteer Voice June 2012 • Aboriginal perspectives to be actively sought and valued at all levels of the organisation. • Continue to build and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal stakeholders. • Use our relationships to encourage more Aboriginal people to address cancer.
Cancer Council’s first RAP report, featuring an indigenous styled daffodil by Marcus Lee Design agency.
Steps and statistics so far • 24 Yarn-Up sessions have been held throughout NSW, from Ballina and Brewarrina to Wollongong and Wagga Wagga. • 32% of Cancer Council staff consulted. • 278 people consulted, including 132 from other organisations and communities. At least 60 participants were Aboriginal. • Over 900 plus ideas generated. • More than 60 staff have completed cultural respect training since July 2011.
What have we committed to do, and what are we going to do as an organisation to help Close The Gap? Build the relationship: Our aim is for Aboriginal communities to identify Cancer Council NSW as a credible and trusted community organisation. Key focus areas:
Build respect: It is our aim for Cancer Council NSW workplace to visibly reflect the respect we hold for Aboriginal people and culture. Key focus areas: • Respect and celebrate Aboriginal culture. • Develop a culturally supportive workplace. Build opportunities: It is our aim for Cancer Council NSW to have substantially more Aboriginal staff and volunteers. Key focus areas are: • Increase the number and proportion of staff and volunteers who are Aboriginal. • Increase programs meeting the cancer-related needs of Aboriginal people.
A RAP will help Cancer Council: • Develop new and culturally appropriate ways to provide support and information to Aboriginal people. • Increase the cultural competence of our employees and volunteers. • Develop further relationships and strategic partnerships with
Aboriginal communities in the interests of cancer control. • Attract and retain Aboriginal staff and volunteers and ensure the workplace is culturally safe. • Support culturally appropriate and relevant programs to improve cancer outcomes, including those that are locally led and developed.
What’s next? We will be holding a special launch for our first RAP (date to be announced soon). Stay tuned!
People are talking about Cancer Council and RAP! “This RAP is part of history – history right here, right now!” “The Yarn-Up sessions were a great opportunity to contribute to our organisation’s vision for reconciliation.” “The significant impact that cancer has on Aboriginal people makes this a really important issue, and something we can’t keep putting in the ‘too-hard’ basket. I certainly don’t consider myself an expert on Aboriginal issues, but felt the process of Yarn-Up really welcomed input from all parts of Cancer Council, whether that be from staff or our volunteers and community stakeholders.”
Breaking news: our first RAP approved Cancer Council NSW’s
first RAP has been approved by The Cancer Council NSW Board and the document is now in the process of having artwork and layout finalised.
Artwork by Georgina Altona (Kamilaroi People).
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from the CEO, Dr Andrew Penman
At Cancer Council NSW, one of our strategic priorities is to drive major advances in research to ensure that no cancer is ignored. We know that communities are deeply committed to research as a way of defeating cancer and thanks to the generosity of our supporters; we remain the biggest financial sponsor of cancer research outside of government funding agencies in NSW. Research conducted by our Cancer Research Division (CRD) investigates the causes, outcomes and impact of the leading and emerging cancers through epidemiological (population) research. Various studies, including the CLEAR Study and the Skin Health Study, are performed to uncover the lifestyle and risk factors associated with cancer. Our
researchers also carry out studies like the Aboriginal Patterns of Cancer Care (APOCC) and the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study on targeted groups to investigate why certain population groups experience poorer levels of health, why diagnosis and treatment differ from location to location, and the long term effects of treatment on patients. Participation in these studies will help researchers gain insights about cancer, and this is one area that could benefit from more volunteer involvement. While research is a crucial strategy in our mission, we recognise that this knowledge needs to be translated into actions to achieve a cancer free society. This is why volunteers are indispensable to the work of Cancer Council NSW. Your contribution helps in the delivery of our mission, be it as
event supporters, community fundraisers and advocates, or providing administrative and specialist support within our various units. Our support programs like Connect, Living Well after Cancer, and prevention programs like Sunsmart and Eat It to Beat It rely on specially trained volunteers to engage with the community on behalf of Cancer Council. Given that many of you are deeply committed to the fight against cancer, I’m confident that with your enduring support and engagement, Cancer Council NSW can continue to provide vital prevention and support services and make significant advances in the research and treatment of all cancers.
Sometimes the sun shines too hard understand how much sun protection is available in environments frequently used by young children and adolescents. We will be providing feedback of the results to the relevant local councils, with suggestions for improvements to these settings. Working as Research Assistants, volunteers assisted in auditing over 150 outdoor playgrounds and public pools across metropolitan Sydney. After completing their training, they travelled to the sites in pairs, and systematically measured the types and amount of shade available. Kirsten and Jamie audit a playground in Fairfield.
With the help of our seven fantastic volunteers, the Skin Cancer Prevention Unit at Cancer Council NSW has recently conducted a research study that involved auditing parks and pools throughout Sydney. The aim of this study is to help us to 4
The successful implementation of this project would not have been possible without these volunteers. We could trust them to be ambassadors for Cancer Council NSW, acting autonomously out in the field and completing the tasks accurately and efficiently. In particular, we valued their flexibility in making themselves available when we had rare glimpses
of sun over the mostly very wet summer. Our big thanks are extended to Kirsten Jackson, Danielle Jessup, Alicia Ryan, Jamie Auciello, Abhay Aggarwal and Sarah Young. Kirsten: “Volunteering over the past year in the Skin Cancer Prevention Unit, I’ve been encouraged to participate in several projects on all levels. Involved during each stage of the research process, I’ve had hands-on experience in the planning, implementing and evaluation of health initiatives. “ Danielle: “Working on this project gave me insight into Cancer Council as an organisation, health promotion as a career option, and a greater understanding of skin cancer and the importance of the need for shade policy surrounding playgrounds for early skin cancer prevention.” See page five for more about Cancer Council NSW action on sun protection, and page nine for more about Danielle.
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Unite 4 Change, a two day event held on 22-23 May that brought together over 120 community members from across NSW, was a great success. The event was themed Inspire, Learn and Act with the deliberate aim of connecting the experienced with the new; establishing collective ownership of our new advocacy agenda; and giving people direct experience in taking action together. Highlights of the two days included the participation of ten Aboriginal delegates, a super panel discussion led by Adam Spencer, and a showcasing of some successful campaigns by experienced volunteer advocates. Participants also had the opportunity to meet as regional groups, both to catch up, and for future action planning. On day two, over 100 participants travelled to State Parliament House in Macquarie Street to conduct individual meetings with 34 parliamentarians, presenting Cancer Council NSW key advocacy agenda items for 2012, and most importantly, demonstrating how community members care about cancer issues and have the determination necessary to act for change.
What is our new agenda and how can you Take Action? At this two day event participants examined four priority focus areas in the new advocacy agenda for Cancer Council NSW. • Ensure that all NSW primary schools are required to implement comprehensive sun protection measures, to reduce children’s lifetime risk of skin cancer, because … Primary schools are not currently required to implement sun protection measures such as the use of broad-brimmed hats or 30+SPF sunscreen. The Department of Education guidelines are 15 years old.
Delegates unite on State Parliament’s steps.
• Reduce the out-of-pocket costs to cancer patients by making adjustments to aspects of Medicare arrangements, because … Out-ofpocket health care costs arise from the gap between Medicare reimbursement and actual fees charged by specialists, and diagnostic imaging and pathology providers. • All NSW public hospitals to provide chemotherapy free of charge to public patients, because … Currently, patients receiving outpatient treatment in most public hospitals in NSW are charged a co-payment on their chemotherapy drugs. This does not happen in other states. • Limit children’s exposure to the influence of marketing of unhealthy food to reduce future obesityrelated cancer, because … Food advertising influences what kids pester their parents to buy, and ultimately what they eat. Being overweight as a child increases the risk of adult obesity and the risk of a number of cancers. Of the four priority areas, participants selected as our main state-wide campaign for 2012 to ensure that all NSW primary schools be required to implement comprehensive sun protection measures.
At a minimum, this would require the Minister for Education to: • Issue an updated comprehensive sun protection policy, via the Department of Education and Communities, that includes a requirement for all public primary schools to develop and implement a sun protection plan consistent with the policy. • Encourage all non-government schools to adopt a comprehensive sun protection policy consistent with the one issued by the Department of Education.
Get involved! If the NSW Government establishes a policy requirement that all primary schools need to meet best-practice sun protection standards, this will provide much needed guidance to principals and teachers in reducing the risk of later life skin cancer in the children currently in their care. For more information about getting involved in this campaign or advocacy in general, email Marion Carroll at email@example.com. au or follow the link www. cancercouncil.com.au/getinvolved/campaign-with-us.
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Volunteer’s Voice Georgina Harper writes: “Having worked as a corporate trainer and human resources consultant for 25 years, and after completing my treatment for Breast Cancer in 2006, I decided to look around for a volunteer role which would allow me to use both my work and cancer experience. “After some investigation I decided that the Living Well After Cancer program fitted with both my cancer experience and my previous career. I felt I could apply my knowledge of working with groups of people, talking about issues and trying to come up with resolutions to improve their environment. Additionally, I admit it wasn’t all altruistic. I was missing the interaction that comes with presenting to groups of people. Having had in my opinion a positive cancer experience, doing work also relieves me of some of the guilt over being more fortunate than others. “Having now conducted numerous Living Well After Cancer sessions over my four years of involvement with the program, I believe that even though I am benefiting from volunteering, so are the people that come to our programs. When we engage the participants in discussion that is a good thing, and even though we have a message to present, we the presenters and all the participants often receive new information on people’s reaction to cancer from comments made. We all win when these programs are conducted, as the participants have been engaged in a positive experience, and the presenters can provide feedback to the Cancer Council and local authorities on issues and concerns raised by the community. “Participants often become more engaged with their local community by increasing their knowledge of what support is available to them, both from the Cancer Council and their local area.
Georgina (front row in the red, striped top) with her training group.
“It is a great opportunity for them to: • listen to the presenters about cancer issues • learn more about what support is available and ask questions of the presenters and other participants • connect and network with people in their local area who they may not have been aware of or met previously • feel empowered to make decisions on how they will proceed to Live Well After Cancer • find support in a safe and positive environment.
“...often the quietest person at the beginning of the program becomes the most engaged, and also often has the most information to share, on what is happening in their local community”
volunteers and paid employees allows Cancer Council to make huge savings and use their limited budget on the Living Well After “It never ceases to amaze me that Cancer program and other often the quietest person at the important activities. Volunteering beginning of the program becomes the has had a big impact on my life from most engaged, and also often has getting to know so many the most information to people throughout share, on what is NSW and at This page happening in their local Cancer Council, community. is dedicated to and seeing how they have contributions from “The recent global reacted to financial downturn Cancer Council NSW their cancer has also greatly volunteers. Email experience. increased the need firstname.lastname@example.org It is definitely for volunteers, as and share your something all organisations that I want to need to be more volunteering experiences keep doing into mindful of budgets. with us. the future.” Combining the use of
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Understanding Cancer booklet series “I’m part of Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Review and Survey Group. It’s a great way to be able to have a voice and help others. If it makes it easier for someone else, then it’s worth doing it” Joanne, breast cancer patient.
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Having volunteer cancer patients and carers decide what money we give out is quite rare, and it’s even rarer for them to have the same weight as the scientific panel. It’s just another way that Cancer Council NSW makes sure we fund the best research we can. If you have been touched by cancer and would like to be involved in the consumer panel this year, email email@example.com.
Understanding Clinical Trials and Research, a new booklet in the series, provides information about different types of cancer research, how and why research is conducted, and the potential benefits for participants. This latest booklet aims to help readers make an informed decision when thinking about joining a trial or study. Straightforward information about cancer and the issues surrounding the disease is extremely valuable for patients and carers when they are confronted by a cancer diagnosis. Such accessible material helps people become more engaged in their health care, and better equipped to make the right decisions and find the right support.
“You are quite vulnerable when staff ask you to get involved in research. Sometimes it’s hard to have clarity with everything that’s going on”
It also includes topics such as: participant information for patients and carers; how to find and enrol in a study; how trials and other studies are regulated; the role of the clinical trials or research nurse; dealing with problems and obtaining support. The booklet has case studies from people with cancer who have contributed to research, and a detailed glossary of medical and research terms. Copies are available from Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 or visit www.cancercouncil.com.au/ publications/understandingcancer-book.
Louise, ovarian cancer patient.
Cancer Council NSW publishes the Understanding Cancer series, which includes booklets, CDs and DVDs that are developed in consultation with health professionals and consumers who volunteer their time. These resources help people better understand what cancer is, how it is diagnosed and treated, how side effects and ongoing lifestyle issues can be managed, and what practical and emotional support is available. The booklets also include suggestions for decision making and communication.
James Butler (left), Chair of the Consumer Research Panel, with Professor Jacob George, Westmead Millennium Institute.
“I became involved through Cancer Voices as a consumer reviewer in cancer research. It is rewarding work that I’d recommend to people who are interested in contributing to research before participants are recruited”
Our Pink Ribbon Day is being held across NSW this October. See back page for further details.
Marg, breast cancer patient. 7
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Central and Southern Sydney Local News
Two roles, top job Amy Watson (pictured right) is currently undertaking two roles, as an Office and a Community Speakers volunteer, at Woolloomooloo two days a week. “The admin work has previously involved setting up Relay For Life events, organising team captain kits, and t-shirts, for example. My other role is to organise community speakers for community and corporate events in the Central and Southern Sydney region.” Volunteering at Cancer Council NSW means “I gain experience in a bigger office. For example, working on the Relay events has shown me how much ‘back office’ work needs to be done. “Helping others plays a big part in me volunteering, and knowing that what I do assists people who have suffered with cancer, directly or indirectly, means that at the end of each day here I feel like I have really achieved something.
“With the community speakers program I am coordinating everything about the speakers’ presentations. It’s always good to start and finish a task, especially as part of a team, treated as no less, no more than a paid member of staff. This is something I look for in a volunteering role, as I am trying to gain more experience within the professional world.
“I also feel that volunteering gives you new opportunities, as you meet a variety of people. I treat volunteering as I would any paid role. You get out as much as you put in.
“Volunteering here’s such a good way to help out everyone, and a steady volunteering role makes you understand the mission of Cancer Council much more deeply”.
Making a difference Sarah Anderson (pictured right) is a Community Fundraising Communications Volunteer. What does your volunteer work involve? I’m involved in: • preparing fundraising campaigns • brainstorming and developing fundraising concepts • copywriting for campaign materials including slogans, posters, information packs, and letters • preparing designs or design briefs for campaign materials, including image research • researching potential sponsors • contacting potential sponsors • general research • editing and proofreading materials.
Why did you choose to volunteer at Cancer Council NSW? Firstly, I think the work done at Cancer Council is outstanding, especially the support and information materials given to cancer patients. Secondly, a couple of our family members and several friends have been touched by cancer and I wanted to make a contribution back to Cancer Council. Lastly, I’m very keen to move into the not-for-profit sector and wanted to gain first-hand experience in a dynamic organisation such as Cancer Council. What do you enjoy most about volunteering? I particularly like the camaraderie with the Cancer Council staff and volunteers working together to produce campaigns which will raise funds to help Cancer Council make a difference in peoples’ lives.
I feel like I’ve made a contribution and given something back to the community. It’s a rewarding feeling and that’s part of the reason I volunteered with Cancer Council.
“I particularly like the camaraderie with the Cancer Council staff and volunteers working together” Visit www.cancercouncil.com.au and search Volunteer Profiles to read more from Sarah about volunteering at Cancer Council NSW. Search Event Volunteers to explore the personal stories of long time Daffodil Day supporters, Amy Breasley and Louisa McKimm.
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Central Coast Local News
Volunteer Expo As part of National Volunteer Week our office attended the Central Coast Volunteers Expo. Jointly organised by Volunteering Central Coast, Wesley Mission and Cancer Council NSW, the Expo aimed to not only celebrate National Volunteer Week 2012, but also to highlight the valuable work of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations on the Central Coast. Our office ran a Biggest Morning Tea site with donations from local food shops and the local TAFE. Our information stall showcased Cancer Council’s work and services, with a number of community members consequently showing a keen interest in volunteering. Overall it was a fantastic day working with volunteers, and a great
Left to right: Josie Allen, Dennis Simpson, and Kim Leecroft with staff Maureen Saggus and Jenny DeCourcey.
opportunity to network with other local community organisations about how we can work together to better service our local community.
Stitchers for a cause
Hobbysew in partnership with Cancer Council NSW offered a free, two-day workshop (15-16 June) teaching others how to make Irene’s turbans. Hobbysew provided the equipment, materials and venue. Irene provided tuition. The workshop will now become a monthly event.
Danielle Jessup is a Programs Assistant at the Central Coast office. She assists the Regional Programs Coordinator with new health program initiatives, such as researching the development of health taskforces, and has also volunteered at the Woolloomooloo office auditing children’s playgrounds for a shade and early skin cancer intervention project. “I chose to volunteer with Cancer Council as I had just finished studying a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and I’m very passionate about preventive health. I was looking to gain experience in health promotion that might increase my chances of gaining employment in the field”. “What I enjoy most about volunteering is that I am continually learning about the internal processes of Cancer Council NSW. It’s very interesting from a career perspective. I have also really enjoyed meeting and working with some of the people I have met through Cancer Council NSW”.
Volunteer Irene Eves shows that following your passion is a great way to give back to Cancer Council. Interested in craft, she decided to make headwear for cancer patients who have lost their hair during treatment. For the past two years she has been making turbans and providing them to the Cancer Council free of charge to give out to cancer patients. Recently she approached Hobbysew, a local haberdashery store, to see if they would be interested in donating some fabric to help with making turbans, but they had something better in mind.
Back: Heike Roolley and Josie Allan. Front: Maureen Broderick and Irene Eves.
More than 200 turbans were made, which Cancer Council will disperse across the Central Coast through Gosford and Wyong Hospitals, Gosford Private Hospital, the Oncology Institute and Palliative Care. Turbans will also be sent to Royal North Shore Oncology Unit. For further information visit www.hobbysew.com or call (02) 4365 1127.
When Danielle isn’t volunteering she works two casual jobs, and likes to do something creative or active in her free time, like sewing or exercising.
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Far North Coast Local News
Volunteer Profile Lisa Mitchell is an Events Assistant at Cancer Council’s regional office in Alstonville. Lisa helps us out on the big ones, Daffodil Day, Pink Ribbon Day and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Lisa has been volunteering with us for just over a year. She started because, as her children were getting older, she wanted to make a contribution over and above the volunteering she does at her children’s school and helping out in her family business. Lisa works two days per week during school terms. Lisa has a degree in Psychology, and a post graduate certificate in Human Resources, skills which make her a very valuable contributor to operations in this office. Lisa continues her close involvement with Cancer Council because she is inspired by volunteers she has met or spoken with when organising Cancer Council events. “It is very rewarding to be working with an organisation that is dedicated to defeating Cancer. The staff really appreciates any support I am able to provide, and it’s lovely to receive such positive feedback about my contribution.”
ABMT Ambassador’s never-fail recipes Local resident and celebrity chef, Belinda Jeffery has become the Far North Coast Ambassador for Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) 2012. Belinda was a special guest in Lismore at La Vida’s ABMT on 24 May where she shared a special recipe perfect for any morning tea and was also available to talk to attendees. Belinda’s career for many years was ‘on the stoves’ in restaurants, culminating in her own acclaimed Good Health Cafe in Sydney. She went on to become an awardwinning TV food presenter, author (with four cookbooks found in kitchens Australia-wide), restaurant reviewer and cooking teacher. Renowned for her warm and reassuring style, she has garnered a strong following throughout her career, for her never-fail recipes and the pleasure she receives from sharing her knowledge and love of good food with others. While Belinda is well known for her culinary success, she is also a cancer survivor and understands the cancer journey that many Far North Coast residents have endured
Belinda Jeffery, inspirational survivor.
or are currently undergoing. It is for this reason that Belinda has chosen to work alongside Cancer Council. She is currently working with the team at the Far North Coast on upcoming fundraising projects, and plans to continue her ABMT support in future years. Visit www.belindajeffery.com.au and discover wonderful recipes for morning tea and other special occasions.
Fruit ‘n’ Veg Month Healthy Kids Association’s Fruit ‘n’ Veg Month (27 August to 21 September) aims to fight obesity by getting children excited and informed about fruit and vegetables. NSW primary schools are holding celebrations and teaching nutrition themed lessons. Visit the website below to find out more or contact your local school to get involved.
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Greater Western Sydney Local News
Volunteer awards Hills Relay For Life stalwarts Cathy Aird and James Butler have both received International Year of the Volunteer Awards. Cathy, founding Chair of the Hills Relay For Life, was given a Long Term Community Commitment Award for her work with Cancer Council NSW and Hills Relay For Life, and also for the many areas of community that she is involved in.
work in supporting patients, fighting for better resources, campaigning for better outcomes, working on health initiatives, and lobbying for smoke-free environments. A Hills Relay For Life regular, Taylor Page, who is a St John Ambulance member, won the Youth Award.
Federal Member for Mitchell, Alex Hawke mp, praised her as “tireless and dedicated”, a volunteer whose work has spanned more than 40 years involved in a wide range of community support activities. James Butler, a former Chair of the Hills Relay For Life, won the MPs Volunteer of the Year Award. He was recognised for his work in fundraising for Cancer Council, in particular his advocacy
Behind the story Current Hills Relay For Life Chair, Bev Jordan, said she was asked to join a panel to choose candidates for the International Volunteer Awards by her Federal MP, Alex Hawke. “As a journalist, I meet amazing volunteers every week, but I have been inspired by Cathy and James for many years. Not just for the work they do with the Hills Relay For Life and Cancer Council, but the extent of what they do for people in the community. “Cathy not only raises money for cancer research, but she helps families in crisis, mentors young sports people, nurtures young talent, and juggles it all with a family and a full-time job. Her community involvement is extensive.
Left to right: Bev Jordan, Uniting Church Minister Rhonda White, Bryan Mullan and Jan Mullan.
The Wesley Uniting Church at Castle Hill may be the first church in Australia to hold a Purple Service to support Cancer Council NSW Relay For Life. Most of the large congregation wore purple, with several wearing last year’s Relay shirt.
Left to right: Cathy Aird, Alex Hawke MP and James Butler.
by Bev Jordan
Minister Rhonda White, a breast cancer survivor, spoke about Hope and Community. The lesson was read by Ellie George, a Relay regular. Hills Relay Chair, Bev Jordan, said she was hoping other churches would think of holding a purple service next year.
“And James just doesn’t stop talking! He talks to all the right people and gets things done on parking for cancer patients, smoking and smoke-free environments, and so many other issues. He also spends time with cancer patients, sells daffodils, does Relay, and juggles family, business and talking. His advocacy work is amazing. “Neither do it for recognition, but they deserve so much.”
“As a journalist, I meet amazing volunteers every week, but I have been inspired by Cathy and James for many years”
Keeping Mothers Day special Sharon, Christina, Margaret and Judy (Casula Hub volunteers), packing bags for female patients who were in hospital on Mothers Day (a Casula Hub Community Cancer Network initiative).
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Hunter Local News
Promoting healthy eating Carly Hughes works primarily on the Eat It To Beat It (EITBI) program as a Fruit and Veg $ense Administrator. She promotes EITBI by contacting primary schools in the region and encouraging them to host 90 minute Fruit and Veg $ense sessions, along with 15 minute Transition to School presentations. Carly (pictured right) provides printed nutrition snippets for inclusion in their school newsletters, and calls on each school community to get involved in the Fruit and Vegie Drive, saying, “I like volunteering for Cancer Council as I have an interest in
health promotion. I enjoy being involved in programs that I believe provide invaluable information to parents so that the whole family can be healthier.”
“I enjoy being involved in programs that I believe provide invaluable information to parents” Carly takes pride in “getting families involved in healthy eating. I was recently involved in the Mummy Made Markets in which we promoted important Fruit and Veg messages,
such as, ‘what a serve is’, and ‘how much a serve is’.” She was also involved in promoting a fruit and vegie drive, and running 90 minutes hands-on sessions, where kids participated in fruit tastings, cooking demonstrations and a colouring-in competition.
Remembrance and hope For many of our volunteers and supporters, Daffodil Day is a day of hope, hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cancer-free future. It is also a day that many remember those who have been lost to cancer or are currently fighting it.
Certainly this is so for volunteers Amy Breasley and Louisa McKimm. Louisa lost her mother to cancer at just 10 years old, and only a year later, Amy’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Young as they were, Louisa and Amy set out to make a difference. Throughout their school years and into their working careers, they have continued to assist Cancer Council to raise funds.
“...in that moment we felt our mothers were with us and proud of what we were doing” will always remember, because in that moment we felt our mothers were with us and proud of what we were doing”.
Daffodil Day volunteers for the past three years, and Team Leaders in 2012, In 2009, Amy’s mum was diagnosed Amy and Louisa say about volunteering, with a secondary cancer. She lost “Don’t hesitate, because honestly her battle in July 2010. we can both say the feeling Amy and Louisa’s you get when you help on barbecue fundraiser Young as they these dedicated for Daffodil Day were, Louisa and fundraising days for that year raised Cancer Council is Amy set out to make a over $400. They truly indescribable.” difference. They continue also fronted up at 6am at their Pictured far left: Amy to assist Cancer Council in (left) with Louisa. local Sutherland raising funds. Visit www. This article is train station. cancercouncil.com.au and dedicated to their “The sun shone mothers, Marion search Event Volunteers directly on us. McKimm and Helen Gee. For us this was a to learn more. Written by Elissa Flindell, Events and special moment we Volunteer Coordinator, Cancer Council NSW.
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Mid North Coast Local News
Sun Smart Primary School Program success Mid North Coast primary schools have amongst the highest levels of sun safety in NSW. This can be attributed to the outstanding success of the Cancer Council’s Sun Smart Primary School Program targeted approach that was conducted in February to April this year. Adele Hayne, our Regional Programs Coordinator, Jenny Oliver, Sun Smart Project Officer and five fantastic volunteers, Keith Anderson, Warren Taylor, Colin Imer, Jan McLeod and Nev Hillenberg, were responsible for the increase from 46 to 82 per cent participation after 55 primary schools joined the program. Pictured right: Holy Name Primary School Forster students, who recently joined the Sun Smart program, with MP for Myall Lakes, Stephan Bromhead (far left), and Sun Smart volunteer, Keith Anderson (far right).
Micro volunteering a hit with Generations X and Y the volunteer employees of C.ex Group’s Coffs Harbour branch are able to complete the tasks in their own time. “The younger generation want to be involved, however their main reason for not being involved is usually due to the inflexible times required by the organisations”, said Lauren Beverly-Jones, C.ex Group’s Community Relations Officer.
Engaging with younger generations is always a challenge for not for profit organisations, however C.ex Group have developed a wonderful partnership with the Mid North Coast Regional Office to overcome this challenge through a micro volunteering initiative.
Lauren highlighted that “This new ‘time conservation’ model allows younger people to get involved at a grass roots level. We have also recently seen how this has sparked the staffs’ interest in getting involved in Relay For Life, with three teams from our club joining the Coffs Harbour Relay. As well, our Urunga Club has also hosted a Biggest Morning Tea”.
By outsourcing some of the office and events administration tasks, such as collating information packs, printing certificates and completing mail-outs,
“We are very excited about developing this initiative with the Mid North Coast Cancer Council team”, said Lauren.
Left to right: Kayla Dickinson, Lauren Beverly-Jones and Hayley McDonald.
National Volunteers Week A special breakfast sponsored by Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour was held to thank the local Coffs Harbour office volunteers and community speakers who contribute so much of their time to assist us achieve our goals. Here’s to our very special volunteers who have completed five years of dedicated volunteering with us: Jan Brown with her wonderful sense of humour making the Cancer Council office a fun place to be; Keith Francis, our outstanding car maintenance man (we couldn’t do it without you!); and Pat Cross, who shows tireless effort and attention to detail and keeps us all in line. A huge thank you to you all! Below: Volunteers and staff celebrate National Volunteers Week.
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Northern Sydney Local News
First Manly Relay For Life launch Manly, Jean Hay (who is also a member of the committee). Speaking at the event were Julie Mackin, a cancer survivor, and Freddy Sitas (pictured below), the Director of our Cancer Research Division.
Launching Relay For Life in true Manly style.
The evening of 24 May saw the Manly Relay For Life Committee host their first launch for the Manly Relay For Life 2012, to be held on 15 September. The event was held in the swish function rooms of Manly Wine (at the Sebel Manly Hotel), a beautiful
Volunteer Profile Kaitlyn Nilsson volunteers as an Events Administration Assistant for Relay For Life. “I handle past Relay For Life Event matters, as well as help prepare for the upcoming Relay For Life Events being held in September. Other tasks include research, making phone calls to team members or companies, printing ‘Thank You’ certificates and letters, and tying up loose ends for any event preparation. “I chose to volunteer at Cancer Council NSW because I have been involved in Relay For Life at home in
venue that was donated to us by Lisa Croft to use for the night. The night was hosted by Dancing with the Stars’ Tom Williams (a Manly local), and amongst the many VIP guest were two of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles players, Vic Mauro and Anthony Watmoug, along with celebrity hairdresser Jeff Lack and the Mayor of
the United States, and I have a passion to fundraise for a good cause. Working at Cancer Council is meaningful to me, as I feel like I am contributing to something real and important. “I enjoy volunteering because I get a sense of helping the local community, I get business experience for future career options, and learn more about Australian culture in the short time I am here. I am a second year University student studying a semester abroad here in Sydney. “My volunteer work at Cancer Council counts as an internship for my studies, Business Marketing, at my home university, Arizona State University. I would love to see the final outcome of my volunteering at the actual Relay’s in
There were two auctions held on the night – a live auction and a silent auction. Between the two, a fabulous $7,000 was raised. As well, there was an extremely generous donation from Marcus Blackmore (of Blackmore’s Vitamins) of $10,000, (who also donated over 200 bottles of vitamins and pain relief cream to be included in the goody bags). All in all it was a fantastic night enjoyed by the guests, committee volunteers and definitely by the Cancer Council NSW Northern Sydney Region Staff.
September, but since I am only here for a semester, I won’t be able to attend the events. “Even so, I one-hundred percent get a sense of accomplishment. I love what the Cancer Council stands for. Being able to contribute, no matter how little or big, I love being involved and helping the local community. Cancer touches so many people’s lives and if I can help just one of those people I feel extremely rewarded. No one should have to go through that experience alone.”
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North West Local News
North West advocates front and centre Solariums soon to be banned in NSW. Crowded outdoor areas will become smoke-free. Country patients now get better financial support when travelling for treatment. Wins like these are only achieved because advocates chose to speak out about health issues that are important to them and the NSW community. Unite 4 Change was a two-day event bringing together community members driving the movement for change. Exploring how their actions can influence government decisions to help beat cancer.
Cancer Council Community Centre Cancer Council officially opened their new Cancer Council Community Centre on 31 May 2012. Cancer Council has not moved very far, just next door to their old premises, but the new office provides a bigger, more open and communal space for volunteers and staff to work together as a team. The new space offers a community meeting room that is available to community organizations and support groups to use. Cancer Council Community Centre also boasts a dedicated wig library and breast prosthesis room which in the old office doubled as a packing room. The breast prosthesis service is a new service run by Tamworth locals Bernadette Sweeney (pictured below, left) and Debbie McBride (pictured below, right). Bernadette and Debbie from De-Berns Mastectomy Collections offer breast cancer patients personalised bra and prosthesis fittings. Bookings can be made by contacting Cancer Council on (02) 6763 0900.
Over the two days our North West region attendees were inspired by others involved in community cancer campaigns, learned about current advocacy issues in cancer, decided on the first Cancer Council advocacy campaign for 2012/13 (see page five), and shared in shaping campaign priorities and plans for future advocacy actions. This was a great opportunity to connect with other likeminded people and develop advocacy skills. Stepping up to defeat cancer.
Autumn Relay Season 2012
Autumn Relay For Life events held in the North West have collectively raised almost $100,000 for local families affected by cancer. The Inverell community has raised $54,000 for Cancer Council through their Relay event held in April. 875 participants and 92 survivors and carers took part in this yearâ€™s event.
Gunnedah Relay For Life was held in May with 352 participants and 31 survivor and carers, making 29 teams contributing to a fundraising total that sits above $45,000. Both communities have done a fantastic job in supporting Relay For Life. Here at Cancer Council, we thank you.
With this new office Cancer Council has more space to accommodate our services and volunteers, and the opportunity to grow in the future.
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Southern Local News
Together they made a difference Four great friends shaved off their luscious locks at the University of Wollongong this past March, and raised in excess of $25,000 for Cancer Council NSW Southern Region. Tamsin Foy, Natasha Jones, Alice Matthews and Tessa Blencowe, all had their crowning glory shorn to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW, after Tamsin’s mum lost her battle with cancer a year earlier. A huge fundraising success, the best friends pooled their contacts from across the University of Wollongong and around the region, with a huge turn-out on the day, including cake stalls, bands, sausage sizzles and raffles.
Volunteer Profile Jasleen Cheema (pictured below, right) is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication and Media at Wollongong University. While studying she is undertaking a Public Relations and Media Internship with Cancer Council Southern Region. She is pleased that the internship on offer is a perfect blend of work experience and charity work. It
“...it gave me great industry experience in what’s involved to organise an event from beginning to end. As a major bonus, seeing the joy in the guests’ eyes while talking to them gave me a great sense of accomplishment”
The donations and tears flowed as the young university students and their families hit the stage to shave their heads. Tamsin was the first to cut off her dreadlocks; each dreadlock was sold to the awaiting crowd of students and family to raise more money. The University of Wollongong got behind this major event by shooting successful multimedia videos that went viral across the university, and into the mainstream media. At You Tube type in the search field “The Big Shave UOW” to view the videos. Pictured right: Tamsin Foy looks on as best friend Tessa Blencowe’s hair is shaved off.
allows her to help the community while also providing industry experience in the world of media. “I am so appreciative of Cancer Council in letting me be involved with the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea media launch at the Nan Tien Temple. This was because it gave me great industry experience in what’s involved to organise an event from beginning to end. As a major bonus, seeing the joy in the guests’ eyes while talking to them gave me a great sense of accomplishment.”
Commerce Internship Program Cancer Council Southern Region has entered into a mutually benefiting Commerce Internship Program with the University of Wollongong. This program presents commerce students with an opportunity to test their skills in a supported workplace environment to assist their transition into the professional workplace. The key benefit of the program to partner organisations, such as Cancer Council, is exposure to high quality students who are keen to contribute their up-to-date knowledge and expertise to a workplace project. During semester one, the Southern Region took on two interns – the first to assist with volunteer recruitment human resources, the other to work on public relations and marketing for Pink Ribbon Day. We look forward to taking on more Internship students in the upcoming semesters.
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South West Local News
Wagga Police raise money for local charity Police attached to the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command (LAC) combined together on 15 March 2012 to play a social game of cricket, as well as raise money for charity. Detectives, Crime-Scene, Prosecutors and General Duties officers (pictured below), all gathered at Bolton Park, Wagga Wagga, to show-off their cricketing skills and to socialise and build morale after the floods which devastated the Wagga region late February and early March. The organiser of the event, Sergeant Phil Malligan, said “It was an opportune time for all police to get together in a less formal setting, to relax, enjoy some laughs, play some social cricket and raise money for worthy charities, after an extremely busy period which involved the whole Local Area Command and community.” Wagga Wagga Police approached Cancer Council’s local office in early February to inquire if we were interested in being the beneficiary for their social cricket day, which we gladly accepted. The social cricket day was initially focused on raising money solely for the local Cancer Council Office in Wagga Wagga, until the police tragically lost one of their own, an officer fatally gunned down in a Tamworth street just weeks prior to the cricket day. Senior Constable David Rixon left a wife and six children behind, so Wagga Wagga Police
stepped up their fund raising to combine the David Rixon Memorial Fund with the Cancer Council. The winning team won the 30/30 match by just five runs in beautiful sunshine. Various comical fines were issued throughout the day to players and officials, which added to both the entertainment and fundraising totals. Local Wagga Wagga businesses donated various prizes, raffled off to add to the charity donation tally, and Volunteers in Policing provided a barbecue. The social cricket day raised a total of $1,500 for the David Rixon Memorial Fund, and $1,100 for the Wagga Wagga Cancer Council. Sergeant Malligan said “I’m surprised to raise so much on one day, when the local police had been pushed to the limit over the previous weeks, with the devastating floods that severely impacted on the Wagga Wagga region. We aim to make the Wagga LAC Cricket Bash an annual event on the local police calendar. All local police enjoyed the social event and are pleased to support such worthwhile charities.”
All local police enjoyed the social event and are pleased to support such worthwhile charities
“My name’s Margaret Marr. Volunteering at Cancer Council’s Wagga office I answer telephones, attend event launches, I’m a site leader on Pink Ribbon Day and Daffodil Day, and I assist the office coordinator with all admin jobs. “I enjoy the company here, and interacting with other volunteers. I also enjoy trying to help those that have been affected by cancer, whether that’s asking them into the office for a cup of tea and a chat, or helping out with events. “I’m very proud of my involvement with Cancer Council, knowing that I am working for a charity that does such good work and sends the money where it is needed. This was something brought home to me when I attended the Haven (Wagga Nursing Home) Biggest Morning Tea and spoke. I was able to tell people where their generous donations go to, and know exactly what I was talking about.”
“I’m very proud of my involvement with Cancer Council, knowing that I am working for a charity that does such good work and sends the money where it is needed” 17
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Western Local News
Bathurst Women unite for a common cause
Annalise Bertram (pictured below) says “Volunteering as a Marketing and Communications assistant has given me the great opportunity to produce a YouTube video promoting the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 to the Bathurst community. “I interviewed local-region patients, survivors, nurses and personalities. Showcasing them in the video promoted the existence and accessibility of the Cancer Council Helpline to the people of Bathurst. “It is so valuable to assist those who may be going through a tough time due to cancer. It was personally fulfilling to spend my free time, during the last summer holidays, talking to local Bathurst survivors about their journey.
View Annalise’s video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C1T5etyfSk
“Experiencing volunteer work with Cancer Council NSW, I am now interested, after graduating as a Public Relations and Business Studies student at Charles Sturt University this year, in pursuing a marketing and communications role at a not-forprofit organisation like this one. “Volunteering with Cancer Council is not only a great addition to a developing résumé, but it is personally fulfilling to assist those suffering from the disease, and supporting local families and friends.”
We are so buoyed by the support that the planning for our 2012 Girls Night In is well on the way. Saturday 27 October 2012 will be the night Bathurst turns pink”.
Jane Halliday (left) and Sheree Ashcroft.
2012 marks two significant milestones for Sheree Ashcroft and Jane Halliday, both five years beyond breast cancer treatment now, and also recording their fifth year hosting Girls Night In. When Sheree and Jane hosted their first Girls Night In and raised $4,000 in 2008, they never dreamed that since then they will have raised nearly $44,000 for Cancer Council NSW, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Thanks to wonderful support from the women of Bathurst and their volunteer support crew.
Cancer Council’s local community relations coordinator, Debbie Thornberry, notes that money raised at Girls Night In events across western NSW this year will help provide important support services for women during and after their treatment. “Thanks to the efforts of Sheree, Jane and their team, and many like them across the state, more women will have access to support resources and services such as our Understanding Cancer series of booklets, our on-line support services for patients, carers, family and friends through www. cancerconnections.com.au , and being able to talk to someone who understands on our Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 (local call)”.
“Our aim was to have a fun night out while raising awareness of breast cancer in younger women. To inspire our family and friends through our experience, and create a positive attitude”, Sheree said. “Jane and I achieved our goal. We have a great night and are always overwhelmed by the tremendous support of the Bathurst community.
L-R: Sheree Ashcroft, Jane Halliday and Cancer Council NSW’s Anna Farrell.
ABMT SNAPSHOTS Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) was launched on 24 May in Orange (right ) by celebrity chef Pete Evans. Pete said he hoped to inspire people across western NSW to get together with loved ones and friends and have a cuppa for a good cause.
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Achieving smoke-free apartment living
“nothing can be done”. To the contrary, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Case law shows that strata owners’ corporations have the legal right to pass a strata by-law prohibiting smoking throughout the entirety of an apartment building.
Breathe easy in smoking-prohibited buildings.
Cancer Council NSW is often the “first port of call” for many members of the public seeking information about their right to be protected from second-hand tobacco smoke exposure in settings such as the workplace, public places, and in recent years, residential apartment buildings. In fact, the vast majority of passive smoking-related public enquires we now receive are from people seeking advice on what they can do about the problem of tobacco smoke drifting into their homes. Often the enquiries are from parents of babies and other young children, from people with chronic respiratory illnesses, and from people with other disabilities who necessarily spend much of their time at home. Invariably, attempts to resolve the issue by talking directly with those smoking have been unsuccessful. Most contact us unaware that action can be taken by strata owners’ corporations to effectively address the problem. Some have even been told by their strata management that
To inform the public about this remedy Cancer Council has developed a resource kit, Achieving smoke-free apartment living: An information kit for strata title accommodation owners, agents and tenants comprising a series of information sheets. Topics covered include the health risks of second-hand smoke exposure; the health, financial and legal rationale for smoke-free apartments; and how to encourage your owners’ corporation to adopt a smoke-free by-law. Further content includes summaries of relevant legal cases, examples of smoke-free strata by-laws, and answers to a range of frequently asked questions. The kit also contains information on developments overseas. In the United States, for example, during the last decade the number of smoke-free apartment buildings has grown exponentially in both the private and public housing sectors. Achieving smoke-free apartment living... is accessible on-line at the Cancer Council website as well as available in hard copy format. If you would like to obtain hard copies of the kit, phone the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
The Liverpool Cancer Support Group (left) assist Cancer Council by attending ABMT at Casula Hub every year, and are involved with Relay For Life.
Zucchini Slice Ingredients 6 eggs 60g wholemeal flour 2 carrots, grated 2 zucchini, grated ½ cup peas ½ cup corn kernels 50g reduced-fat cheese ½ bunch chives, chopped Canola spray Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180oC. 2. Whisk the eggs with flour and add the carrot, zucchini, peas and corn. 3. Pour the mixture into a lightly sprayed dish, sprinkle cheese and chives over the top. 4. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until set and golden. Serve immediately with extra salad or vegetables, or have cold for lunch the next day. Serves four.
Cancer Council volunteer Margaret Carter reports that 70 locals attended ABMT held at St John’s Anglican Hall in Young (left). The main event and support activities raised just over $530.
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Mid North Coast 15-16 September: Kempsey Relay 20-21 October: Macksville Relay
Events Calendar Central & Southern Sydney 13-14 October: Inner West Relay Far North Coast 7 October: Call To Arms 27 October: Call To Arms Men of League Charity Dinner 27-28 October: Ballina Shire Relay Central Coast 11 September: Cancer Services EXPO, 9am to 12pm, Wyong Golf Club Greater Western Sydney 15-16 September: Camden Rotary Relay 27-28 October: Blacktown Relay 3-4 November: Fairfield Relay Hunter 7-8 September: Maitland Relay 14-15 September: Scone Relay 27-28 October: Singleton Relay 3-4 November: Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay
North West 8-9 September: Tamworth Relay 15-16 September: Namoi Valley Relay 27-28 October: Armidale Relay 1 December: Dance To Defeat Cancer Ball, Wests, Tamworth Northern Sydney 15 September: Manly Relay 21 September: Macquarie Ryde Relay 20 October: Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Relay South West 13-14 October: Wagga Relay 27-28 October: Albury/Wodonga Relay Southern 8-9 September: Illawarra Relay 15-16 September: Yass Relay October: Goulburn Relay November: Eurobodalla Relay Western 22-23 September: Dubbo Relay 3-4 November: Parkes Relay
Pink Ribbon Day is being held in October. Help raise funds for breast cancer research by volunteering. Various sites and shift times are available across NSW on either Friday 19 October or Monday 22 October. Visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
Event Volunteers, thank you! This yearâ€™s Daffodil Day, on Friday 24 August, was again an incredible day. Through support statewide from over 5,000 volunteers, we have been able to grow hope for a cancer-free future. We wish to send a big heartfelt thank you to the thousands who volunteered their time at hundreds of sites across NSW selling merchandise and growing hope. For many of our volunteers and supporters, Daffodil Day represents a day of hope, hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cancer-free future. It is also a day when many remember those who have been lost to cancer or are currently fighting it (see page 12 for just such a story).
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Far North Coast: 101-103 Main Street, Alstonville NSW 2477..................................................................................................................................... (02) 6627 0300 Hunter Region: 22 Lambton Road, Broadmeadow NSW 2292 ................................................................................................................................... (02) 4923 0700 Mid North Coast: 121 High Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 ..................................................................................................................................... (02) 6659 8400 North West Region: Shop 1, 218 Peel Street, Tamworth NSW 2340 ..................................................................................................................... (02) 6763 0900 Northern Sydney: Level 1, 117 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest NSW 2065 ......................................................................................................... (02) 9334 1600 Central Coast: The Hive, Erina Fair, Erina NSW 2250 ......................................................................................................................................................... (02) 4336 4500 South West Region: 1/37 Tompson Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 ................................................................................................................ (02) 6937 2600 Southern Region: Suite 7, Ground Floor, IC Enterprise 1, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong NSW 2500 .. (02) 4223 0200 Western Region: 75 Kite Street, Orange NSW 2800........................................................................................................................................................... (02) 6392 0800 Young Cancer Council Community Centre: Suite 8, Millard Centre, Boorowa Street, Young NSW 2594 ................................ (02) 6382 3426 Bega Cancer Council Community Centre: Shop 8 Auckland Plaza, 81-83 Auckland Street, Bega NSW 2550................... (02) 6492 1805 Casula Hub: 39 Ingham Drive, Casula NSW 2170 ................................................................................................................................................................. (02) 9354 2050 Penrith Hub: Suite 105, 114-116 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750 .......................................................................................................................... (02) 9354 2060 Rouse Hill Hub: Library & Community Building, Level 2, 29 Main Street, Rouse Hill NSW 2155 ......................................................... (02) 9354 2070
Greater Western Sydney: Rotary House, 43 Hunter Street, Parramatta NSW 2150 ................................................................................... (02) 9354 2000