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MAY 2013



How your donation is spent

Survivorship programme in full swing In Our 'Link' newsletter of May 2011, we reported on the progress of a new programme, one that focussed on working with people who had completed their cancer treatment. The programme is called Bridge to Health and it delivers the following outcomes: • The provision of support for cancer survivors and their supporters at the end of their treatment or at a time when they require it following a cancer episode (not suitable for people on a palliative pathway) • Encouragement to change health-related behaviours known to impact cancer risk, cancer recurrence and cancer treatment’s side effects • Increasing participants’ cancer survivorship knowledge • Supporting and encouraging the primary care provider-patient relationship • Supporting the education of primary care providers about cancer survivorship.

Jo Scott-Weir

Sue Walthert

The pilot of the Bridge to Health programme, delivered in Dunedin in November 2011, showed that clients appreciated what was offered and found the wide range of services useful. The programme is now in full swing with seminars offered five times a year. Plans are well ahead to expand the programme into Central Otago and Southland.

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INITIATIVES IN OTAGO AND SOUTHLAND OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS INCLUDE: • Resources to SunSmart schools. • Research scholarships. • Resources for Relay For Life. • Submission to Health and Safety Taskforce. • Contribution to Smokefree signage for Dunedin playgrounds. • New support groups and programmes established. • Hauora Champions Exhibition posters. • BNZ Summer Walk Series. • Sponsorship of children’s events with free sunscreen. • Resources for medical students and community groups. • Bridge to Health Survivorship programme. • Volunteer orientation and training. • 2,285 bed nights of patient accommodation (one year period). • Breast Prosthesis Fitting Service in Invercargill and Dunedin. • 0800-CANCER (0800 226237) Information Helpline. • Support resources for people affected by cancer. • Financial assistance to clients. • ‘Get the Tools’ men’s health website promoted. • Advocacy to improve patient travel policy. • Funding for research at the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit at the University of Otago. • Funding for the Plunket/Public Health South smokefree car sunshade project. • Hats donated to rural playcentre. • Prostate cancer ‘Coping with Waiting’ and ‘Talking about Grief and Loss’ information printed.

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Bridge to Health is currently facilitated by Dr Sue Walthert (GP/medical educator) and Jo Scott-Weir (EN, counsellor and Support Programmes Developer Cancer Society Dunedin). The four workshops are 'Food for Health and Wellbeing' (facilitated by Sue MacDonell, dietician), 'Shifting Ground Shifting Horizons – coming to grips with the emotional and spiritual impact of cancer' (Sandra Turner, psychotherapist/psycho-dramatist); 'Sexuality and Intimacy after Cancer' (Clare Greensmith, psychotherapist); and 'Exercise for Health and Wellbeing' (Dr Lynnette Jones, exercise scientist). For further information please contact Jo Scott-Weir, phone (03) 477-7447, email

FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE — MIKE KERNAGHAN Wow! Two stunning Relays For Life in March of this year, one in North Otago and the other at the brand new Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. We were a little unsure as to how a Relay in the Stadium would pan out, but I have to say it was a huge success. Feedback from teams has been extremely positive; the organising committee was superb and our many volunteers contributed enormously. The Relay in North Otago was equally as successful; the highlight Mike Kernaghan for me was a very poignant Candlelight Ceremony. The communities of North Otago have certainly grabbed the Relay concept and made it work. Again, the work of the organising committee and volunteers was amazing and we are very thankful for their support. This year, for both Relays, we acknowledged and celebrated the role of the caregivers of people with a cancer diagnosis. The caregivers walked shoulder to shoulder with cancer survivors during the Opening Lap; it was a very special moment for all involved. Our second Invercargill Ball is just around the corner and once again we are looking forward to a brilliant night out with superb entertainment and food. We have a fantastic volunteer committee who are putting this event together and I thank them very sincerely for the contribution they are making to the Cancer Society. We continue to work very hard to provide support for those people with a cancer diagnosis and their families; we are receiving more and more referrals from right throughout the Otago and Southland region and we are indebted to the many volunteers who are able to assist our hardworking staff in the provision of a range of services. More support groups have started in Southland, Central Otago, Queenstown-Lakes, Middlemarch and Dunedin, and these have been well attended by our clients.




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Thank you for supporting the Cancer Society Lighting Direct, Dunedin; The Lodge – Pioneer 1; AAW Jones Charitable Trust; Invercargill Licensing Trust; Shacklock Charitable Trust; The Trusts Community Foundation – Eastern Southland; Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation; New Zealand Lottery Grants Board; Sport Clutha; Queenstown Lakes Leisure; Vudu Café; Graham Williams; Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra Quilters; Frontline Mosgiel; John at Squeaky Car Clean; Goble and Singh Builders; Speedy Signs; Holmes Hill Motel; Jack and Tui Dilston; Amber Pemberton; Natasha, Dunedin; I.O.O.F; Sue Rohan; Cook Brothers Construction; Storage King, Dunedin; Queens Park Ladies Golf Club; Golden Gate Lodge, Cromwell; Rural Women; Vodafone. Relay For Life in Dunedin and Oamaru MediaWorks MORE FM, Dunedin; Radio Network Classic Hits, Oamaru; SBS, Dunedin; ANZ, Oamaru; Alexanders’ Marketing, 2

Dunedin; Allied Security; Cottonsoft; Dan and Amy Lewis, Oamaru; Excelsior Club; Ezibuy; Otago Daily Times; SOAR Print; St John, Oamaru; The Stone Man; Transpacific Waste; Hirepool, Dunedin; Strawberry Sound; Konstruct Clothing; Envirowaste; Dunedin Venues Management; Bramwell Scaffolding; Rotary Club of Dunedin; John and Julie Moyle, Dunedin; and the teams, volunteer organising committees and supporters of Relay For Life. Special thanks to Valda Gardiner and team from the Cancer Society Volunteer Driving Service in Dunedin and Mosgiel. We are thrilled their support has been acknowledged by the TrustPower Community Awards. And to O’Neill Devereux Barristers & Solicitors; and DVAV at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Relays For Life celebrate and remember Over 150 teams participated in Relay For Life events in Dunedin and Oamaru in March this year. Together the Relays raised over $335,000 to provide the supportive care services, health promotion resources and information in their regions, and funding for cancer research.

Well done to everyone involved... here’s what you just did: • You ensured that people have answers to their cancer-related questions and concerns through the 0800 CANCER hotline. • You enabled supportive care staff to provide on-going assistance to people diagnosed with cancer, and their families and friends in your community. • You helped with transportation so that people could receive treatment and attend cancer-related appointments locally and at Dunedin Hospital. • You enabled us to assist with patient travel and accommodation claims using the Ministry of Health policy. • You supported Kowhai House, a ‘home away from home’ for people in your community who are undergoing treatment for cancer at Dunedin Hospital. • You provided support grants to ease the burden for some patients facing unforeseen costs and/or difficulties while on sick leave or unable to work. • You helped to create a sense of connection and empowerment through: – Our on-line network for patients and caregivers – Cancer Connect, peer linking by telephone – Professionally facilitated support programmes and groups in Dunedin and Oamaru – The Breast Prosthesis Fitting Service. • You helped reduce cancer risk by assisting in the provision of SunSmart, Smokefree, physical activity and nutrition programmes for local schools, workplaces and our community. Remember those surveys at Relay For Life – they helped too! • You provided funding towards our $170,000 commitment to cancer research this year.



Getting started on a more active lifestyle… steps to improving health Why be physically active? Healthy lifestyles, including being physically active, can reduce the risk of some cancers while also helping to manage high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Best of all, physical activity makes us feel better by increasing energy and vitality. Slowly building up to being active for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week reaps the rewards of a healthier lifestyle. It is also worth remembering that being active regularly throughout the day whenever possible, by simply doing day-to-day activities (like housework, walking to the shop, gardening), is better than one intense bout of exercise and then remaining inactive for the rest of the day. Getting started If you’ve been inactive for a while, adding any extra physical movement into your day whenever you can is a great first step. After that, activities like walking and swimming are ideal. You may be a bit uncomfortable at first so start slowly and listen to your body. Gradually increase the amount of time you are active each day and how much effort you make. Most of the discomfort will pass as you get used to being more active. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions talk to your doctor or practice nurse before you start. How to be active Being active doesn’t mean you have to take up running or join structured exercise groups! There are many ways you can build extra activity into your daily routine. • Walk to the shops rather than drive. • Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. • Go for a lunch time walk with a friend or a workmate. • Try aqua jogging. • Go swimming and gradually increase the number of lengths you can do. • Park the car further away from where you are going and walk. • Do some gardening or mow the lawns. • Play with your children or grandchildren at the park. • Wash your car by hand. • Get up and move around during ad breaks if watching TV. • Play with your pets or borrow a friend's dog to walk. Other helpful hints • Make yourself an activity diary and write down what you did and for how long every day, and you will be able to see your progress. • Take a bottle of water to make sure you remain well hydrated. • Muscles stiff and sore? This will pass more quickly if you continue to be active. Start gently and keep going. • You don’t need any special clothes to be active, especially at home, just ones that you are comfortable in, even if that means your pyjamas. For walking wear flat, comfortable shoes with a good pair of socks to prevent blisters. • Clothes with reflective patches are good. • During the winter months you don't need to be SunSmart. 4

Ten best tips for good health 1. Be physically active as part of everyday life. 2. Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life. 3. Eat a variety of fruit (2+ servings) and vegetables (3+ servings) daily. 4. Include legumes and pulses in your diet, e.g. lentils, beans, chickpeas. 5. Choose wholemeal and wholegrain breads and cereals. 6. Choose lean meat, trimming off any visible fat. Limit this to 500g of cooked meat per week. Limit your intake of processed meats like bacon, salami and ham. 7. Choose foods low in saturated fat, salt and sugar. 8. Limit alcoholic drinks to two per day for a man and one for a woman. 9. Get as many nutrients and minerals from food rather than taking supplements (vitamin pills). 10. Be smoke free – your GP or QUITLINE (0800 778 778) can help. For more information visit

Congratulations to the following schools on joining the SunSmart Schools Accreditation Programme: Duntroon Primary School, Ravensbourne Primary School and Rosebank Primary School in Balclutha. Congratulations also to Port Chalmers School for gaining their three-yearly reaccreditation. Sun safety is needed in Terms 1 and 4.

Pupils at Duntroon Primary School plant a kowhai tree in recognition of becoming a SunSmart School.


Free, confidential and accessible

People who can help... Marie Wales Central Otago/ Queenstown-Lakes

Jessica Staniland Wakatipu Basin Arrowtown Glenorchy

Glenys Campbell Alexandra Teviot Valley Cromwell

No matter who you are, where you live, or what cancer issues you are facing, our Supportive Care team can help with services that are free, confidential and accessible.

Anne Sheehan Dunedin Area

These services are available for carers, family and friends and provide practical assistance to help those affected by cancer. We can assist you to receive services and information that best suit your individual needs. You do not need a referral and we welcome you to make contact with us.

Sue Pullar Dunedin Area

Our Supportive Care team work from the Cancer Society’s Centres in Dunedin and Invercargill and from offices located in Oamaru, Balclutha, Queenstown, Wanaka, Gore and the newly opened office in Alexandra. See the back page of this issue of 'Link' for all contact details.

Kathy Hopgood Invercargill Southland

Annette Eunson

Raewyn Robertson

Invercargill Southland

Hawea Luggate Tarras Wanaka Janine McCaughan

Máiréad Affleck

South and West Otago

Eastern Southland

Audrey Hill

Tina Tagg

North Otago

Western Southland

Sandra Wilson

Jo Scott-Weir

Chris Smith

Accommodation. Breast Prosthetic Fittings, Otago.

Support Programmes. Accommodation.

Breast Prosthesis, Southland.


Photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times

Southern Hair today, gone tomorrow... The Cancer Society is overwhelmed by the number of people happy and willing to shave their locks to raise money for our work in the community. Given that winter is fast approaching and temperatures are dropping, their sacrifice is even more poignant. Meet just some of our heroes, pictured top to bottom:

Island of dreams... Sam Guest (16) celebrated the memories of his grandfather and great-uncle with a 5km swim from Dunedin's St Clair beach, around White Island and back, raising $1200 for the Cancer Society. While Sam is not a competitive swimmer, he trained for four months and the journey took him just two hours.

Edward Popham (right) and his mates ponder the future with bald heads. Amber Pemberton of Dunedin and Jack Dilston from Tarras made huge calls and said "goodbye" to their stunningly beautiful locks. Thank you to our very own work mate Cindy Dunbar who had her head shaved in memory of her father-inlaw, raising $2300 for the Society. Nick Muldrew from Dunedin is a young man to be proud of as he remembered his grandma and had his hair shaved. Stuart Cunningham of Gore (pictured below) and friend, Lloyd Cavanagh, are both cancer survivors and together they raised over $3000 by losing the double – hair and beards. The 'shaver' is Liz Potter, a fellow survivor and supporter of the Society.

Good in the Hood... The Cancer Society was selected to be a recipient of the Z 'Good in the Hood' initiative in both Invercargill and Queenstown. A big thank you to Z and the local communities for their overwhelming support which contributed to Z presenting us with $3292. Pictured at the presentations are: (left) Joel Popplewell (manager of Z Queenstown) and Jessica Staniland (Cancer Society), and (right) Kathy Hopgood (Cancer Society) of Invercargill.

Ride with passion...

Photo courtesy of The Ensign

The Firefighters Ride, a motorcycle marathon over the length of NZ, started in Invercargill last November. It netted $40,000 for the Cancer Society. There is talk of it becoming an annual event. Thank you!



Welcome back Máiréad Affleck who has once again taken up the position of Eastern Southland Client Support. Máiréad, who held the role about 18 Máiréad Affleck months ago, will work two days a week providing help with a wide range of issues, including assistance with MOH travel and accommodation claims, practical support for individual needs and up-to-date cancer information.

We recently farewelled Tammy Jackman, the Event Manager for the Division. Tammy developed Daffodil Day in Otago and, in partnership with volunteer committees, Tammy Jackman Relay For Life at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin (New Zealand’s first indoor Relay); Relays in Central and North Otago, and the Spring Ball in Dunedin. We thank Tammy for her dedication to the Society and wish her well in her future endeavours.

Kate, Team Captain Coordinator for the 2013 Relay For Life in North Otago, completed her contract last month. Kate was instrumental in supporting the teams and working with Kate Allan them to guide their fundraising activities and the promotion of the event. We thank Kate for her work with the community in North Otago and for her offer to continue to support the Cancer Society in a voluntary capacity.

Scene Piece of cake... Cancer Society volunteers in Oamaru had a busy lead-in to Christmas. Assisted by the Cake Decorators' Guild of North Otago, they produced 31 parcels to brighten Christmas for local people with cancer and their families. Pictured right with the goodies is Audrey Hill, Cancer Society Supportive Care staff member for North Otago.

Otematata Gala... Locals and holiday-makers enjoyed a gala day at Otematata in April, raising $4500 towards the accommodation complex for people undergoing cancer treatment at Dunedin Hospital. When Janie Peck thanked the organising group the response was "No thank you required... it is an honour really. There are quite a few of us who have been affected by cancer around here".

Across the nation World Smokefree Day: Friday 31 May Volunteer Week: 17–21 June Daffodil Day: Friday 30 August Movember: November


Look Good Feel Better Workshops. Living Well Programme, a five week programme for clients and families. General support group – first Thursday each month. Mediation Services as required. Counselling Services as required. Caring for Carers Programme. Breast Cancer Support Group, Gore twice monthly. Drop-in Centre, 9.00am-2.30pm every Wednesday, Gore. Gore Breast Cancer Support Group, second Saturday of every month. Gore Cancer Support Group, last Thursday of the month. Relay For Life, 1st & 2nd March 2014.

Central Otago

Look Good Feel Better Workshops. Drop-in centres, Alexandra, Queenstown, Wanaka. Breast Cancer Support Group, Queenstown, 4 a year. Gentle Yoga, Wanaka, every Tuesday morning. Support luncheons, afternoon tea and coffee groups. Counselling services as required. Exercise groups: Alexandra walking, last Monday of each month Cromwell, 2nd Wednesday Queenstown, every Wednesday. Relay For Life, 15th & 16th March 2014.

South and West Otago

Support luncheons held throughout the year. Counselling services as required.

All for fun and a good cause... Clutha Wellness and Sport Clutha organised a fun run and walk with more than 100 participants raising over $1000 for the Cancer Society. Participants ranged in age from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, and they were delighted to be supported by world cycling champion and Olympian Alison Shanks.

Oops, sorry Congratulations to June Porter-Mills for becoming a Queen’s Service Medal recipient in the New Year's Honours List. June’s award is in recognition of her June Porter-Mills services to the Division. June says she was very privileged to receive the award, commenting she was "blown away" by the honour and that "it is just as much recognition for the Cancer Society as it is for me". Good one June!

The Cancer Society apologises to our volunteers in Oamaru. The article, ‘A blooming good effort’ in Southern Scene in the November 2012 issue should have referred to peony tubers rather than peony flowers.

'Link' is produced by AdArt Brand Promotion and Dunedin Print


Look Good Feel Better Workshops. Meditation, fortnightly on Thursdays. Bridge to Health Programme. Walking group, weekly. Living as a Carer/Supporter, 6 sessions fortnightly. Counselling Services. Support Group, Middlemarch, 6-weekly. Coffee Group, Mosgiel, monthly (starts June). Parents with Cancer Coffee Group, monthly (starts June). Cancer Society Support Group, Dunedin, monthly. Living with Loss, 3 fortnightly sessions. Exercise Therapy, fortnightly. Massage, as required. Relay For Life, University of Otago, Feb/March 2014.

North Otago

Coffee morning support group, last Monday of each month. Counselling services as required. For more information please contact your local Cancer Society office – see the back page for details.


Here for you OTAGO Dunedin Centre – 283 Great King Street Postal: PO Box 6258, Dunedin 9059 Phone: (03) 477-7447 Fax: (03) 477-6669 Email: Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00am–4.30pm Tuesday 10.00am–4.30pm Central Otago/Queenstown-Lakes Phone: (03) 442-4281 Mobile: 027-536-0066 (Marie Wales, Supportive Care) Email: (Diana Power, Health Promotion) North Otago Phone: (03) 434-3284 Mobile: 027-674-4200 (Audrey Hill, Supportive Care) South and West Otago Phone: (03) 418-3916 Mobile: 027-277-7632 (Janine McCaughan, Supportive Care) SOUTHLAND Invercargill Centre – 149 Spey Street Postal: PO Box 955, Invercargill 9840 Phone: 03 218-4108 Fax: 03 218-4602 Email: (Jan Wildey) Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.30pm Eastern Southland Mobile: 027-218-4008 (Máiréad Affleck, Supportive Care) Western Southland Mobile: 027-305-2133 (Tina Tagg, Supportive Care) Cancer Information Helpline: 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237) Websites Cancer Society: (select Otago/Southland) Daffodil Day: Relay For Life: The Cancer Society receives no funding from government and is therefore fully reliant on support from the Otago and Southland communities that it serves.


Link May 2013  

Cancer Society Otago/Southland Division

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