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How your donation is spent Why your donation is important to us: The Cancer Society is a not-for-profit charity which receives no direct government funding and provides programmes and services aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. The Cancer Society is also the largest non-government funder of cancer research in New Zealand.


Hayley Stevenson and her mum, Alma, pictured at Hayley's wedding

"One in three will be affected by cancer – and it happened to me" "THOSE STATS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING because this will never happen to you or your family". Well think again – unfortunately for the Stevenson family the cancer rate is higher at two in three. "My Dad died of kidney cancer, my Mum died late last year of kidney cancer and I was diagnosed with melanoma two months ago. Cancer does not discriminate against your race. It doesn’t care if you are wealthy or poor. It does not matter whether you are 92 or 2 years of age, a community minded local, or locked up in prison. You need to be on the lookout for any signs of cancer and act fast. Lucky for me this is exactly what I did and with successful surgery I am here to live another day. "The Cancer Society plays an active role in our community and is there to help us. Marie, Jessica and the Supportive Care volunteer team in the Wakatipu Basin helped our family by providing supportive care services for both Mum and Dad. They became part of our family and were often seen in our kitchen making a cup of tea or organising someone to help with whatever we needed. They provided us with the help, support and the equipment we required so both Mum and Dad could see out their wish and have us care for them at home. "A lot of us think the Cancer Society is who you should call only in those last few months or weeks when people are dying, but they are more about living than dying. continued on page 2 >>>

SUPPORTIVE CARE SERVICES • New support groups established in Otago – Living with Loss, Middlemarch Support Group, Breast Cancer Support, Carers Group and General Cancer Support Group. • Various on-going support groups across North Otago, South Otago, Central Otago and Southland. • Bridge to Health Survivorship Programme Otago and Southland. • Programmes continue to include Living Well and Caring for Carers in Southland. • Breast Prosthesis Fitting Service available in Invercargill and Dunedin. • 1047 bed nights of patient accommodation between May and October. • Welfare grants for clients. • Information resources, including new books on prostate cancer, 'Coping with Cancer', 'Getting on with Life after Treatment', 'Talking about Grief and Loss'. • Counselling services. • Look Good Feel Better workshops across the division for women with a cancer diagnosis. • Assistance with Ministry of Health travel and accommodation reimbursement. • Rural part-time staff established in Wanaka, Alexandra, Queenstown, Oamaru, Balclutha, Gore, Otautau. • Resources for the provision of quilts, silky pillows, baking and meals for clients. • 0800CANCER (226 237) Information Helpline. continued on page 2 >>>

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"Mum and I would attend the morning teas, the organised walks and group outings. They put us in touch with the people we needed to make life a bit more comfortable for Mum and Dad. They were there to listen to my fears and concerns about my cancer when all I wanted was my Mum to tell me everything would be fine. They are trained for this type of stuff and can guide you through your recovery. I will be fine and will recover, but I know that Jessica and Marie will be there with a shoulder to cry on, or ready for a cup of coffee and a chat if I ever need them. "Please support the Cancer Society as they support people in the community just like me and you. They get no direct government funding so every dollar raised in the community stays in the community. A little donation can go a long way to helping a local family in a time of need." Our thanks to Hayley for sharing her family's story.

HEALTH PROMOTION • Smokefree sponsorship for New Zealand Merino Shears. • Clutha Women’s and Waitaki Health Expos. • Aurora Energy Otago Science & Technology Fair – Healthy Lifestyles. • Health promoting schools programmes. • Rainbow Confectionery 5km Colour Run, North Otago. • SunSmart messages for school newsletters. • SunSmart information to early childhood centres.

FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE — MIKE KERNAGHAN CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING and I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Since our last LINK newsletter in May we have held two balls (one in Invercargill and the other in Dunedin), we have run a very successful Daffodil Day and we continue to deliver our Health Promotion messages and a range of Supportive Care services to Mike Kernaghan those people with a cancer diagnosis right throughout the region. The second WHK Cancer Society Gala Ball was held at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill in June. Once again the people of Invercargill and surrounds enjoyed a wonderful night of fine dining and fantastic entertainment. The Ball Committee, all of whom are volunteers, did a fantastic job of creating a very special atmosphere which was enjoyed by all Invercargill who attended. We were back in the newly renovated Dunedin Town Hall for the New World Cancer Society Spring Ball in early September. Like the Invercargill ball, we were treated to a very special night. My very sincere thanks are extended to all of those people and organisations who supported us and to a very energetic Ball Committee who continue to Dunedin raise the bar. Daffodil Day this year was a tremendous success. I can tell you that revenue from the day was up in both Otago and Southland compared to 2012. This day continues to humble me as we receive so much support from our communities right throughout the region. There are Daffodil Day activities run by volunteers in every community within the Otago and Southland region, and we are indebted to the hundreds of volunteers who contribute to this day. We have also held Relay For Life launches in Invercargill and the Queenstown Lakes/ Central Otago regions. Both of these events will be held in March 2014 and I know that our volunteer committees for both events are working extremely hard to ensure their success. If you haven’t registered your team yet, get in now as sites at both events are filling up fast! To everyone who has contributed to our organisation in 2013, may I say a very heartfelt thank you. Our staff would not be able to deliver services to the level they do without your ongoing commitment to the Cancer Society. We are privileged to have the support of so many people and organisations within the Otago and Southland region.


GENERAL: • Funding for research at the Social and Behavioural Research Unit at the University of Otago. • Volunteer orientation and training. • Resources for medical students and community groups. • Research scholarships. • Resources for Relay For Life.




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Volunteers make the difference SUPPORT FROM VOLUNTEERS IS VITAL to the efforts of the Cancer Society of New Zealand to improve community well-being by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. Across the Otago and Southland Division there are teams of people generously and regularly gifting their time, energy, skills and experiences to make a difference in their communities. It seems that every generation despairs of its youth. Socrates proclaimed before 399BC that “… they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company… and tyrannise their teachers”. We can refute this. We are delighted to have been chosen as a support charity by Leo Clubs at two Southland high schools, and by a young enterprise group at another. These groups of students volunteer their time to fundraise on our behalf, showing that the ‘youth of today’ do have a community conscience.

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. MARGARET MEAD

Maureen Smith honoured This year our very own Maureen Smith was a recipient of a 2013 Invercargill City Council Civic Honour Award. This is awarded in recognition of meritorious voluntary work in the community. Maureen has been a volunteer with the Cancer Society for over 15 years, travelling 60km each Tuesday to be the hostess at Southland Hospital’s Oncology Department. Congratulations Maureen.

There is a wide variety of ways people can be involved; from baking, driving and administration support, to fundraising, health promotion and visiting. We would love to hear from you if you would like information on how you can "change the world". If you live in Dunedin or North Otago please contact Kim; email or phone (03) 477 7447. For all other areas in the Division contact Robyn; email or phone (03) 218 4108.

Volunteers making a difference on Daffodil Day

The gift of yoga – Brenda Edwards The Cancer Society would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Brenda who has been teaching gentle yoga to people affected by cancer in the Wanaka community. Before moving to Wanaka with her husband, Brenda trained to be a yoga teacher in the UK, training which included relaxation techniques to assist people with a cancer diagnosis to help reduce anxiety, breathing control and to improve general quality of life. Brenda is committed to helping people affected by cancer and has been volunteering her time every Tuesday morning for the past two years with no expectation of payment or recognition for the services she provides. "Brenda, you have made such a difference to so many and we thank you on behalf of those who have benefited from your special gift."

Marie Wales, Manager Supportive Care Services.



Oceania Smokefree Conference 2013 THE CANCER SOCIETY hosted the biennial Oceania Smokefree Conference in Auckland 23-25 October 2013. New Zealand has the goal of being largely smokefree by 2025 meaning that 5% or less of the population will still smoke. The Penelope Scott conference covered the areas we need to address to meet this goal. It was very useful to hear about the Australian experience of introducing plain packaging and the legal challenges brought against their government by tobacco companies. We need to work together to ensure: • More people quit smoking with effective cessation strategies. • Effective regulation and legislation to support the 2025 goal. • Far fewer youth start to smoke. • Any risks to achieving the 2025 goal are dealt with.

• A greater understanding of tobacco alternatives such as electronic cigarettes. It is crucial that we share knowledge, plans and strategies to meet the 2025 goal so we can all enjoy breathing cleaner air, especially our children. Penelope Scott, Health Promotion Manager

SunSmart Schools Accreditation Programme CONGRATULATIONS to the following schools on joining the SunSmart Schools Accreditation Programme: Glenorchy School, Queenstown Primary School, Arthur Street School, Columba College (Years 1-6), Musselburgh School, Milton Primary School, Te Anau School and Waihopai School. Congratulations to the following schools for their continued commitment to skin cancer prevention: Abbotsford Primary School, Clutha Valley Primary School, Port Chalmers School, S UNSMART FACT

St Leonards School and Tokoiti School. There have been some wonderful programme developments this year. Cognition is redeveloping the curriculum resources which schools can download from the SunSmart Schools website. These will be ready in 2014. We have also developed some messages for school newsletters and will soon make these available for schools to use. Two examples are shown below:

Be SunSmart on sports day Parents, whanau, caregivers and fans — please make sure you and your child bring a bucket or wide-brimmed sun hat and plenty of water. There may be a limited supply of sunscreen so it will be a good idea to bring your own.


Brimming with protection Our school requires children to wear a bucket or wide-brimmed sun-hat when outside at morning tea and lunch times when UV rays are strongest.


OUR PEOPLE We welcome Louise Bremer to the Board of the Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division.

Welcome to Mark Hamer

"I am a medical oncologist working at Southern DHB and have previously worked as a consultant physician for internal medicine. I have also spent time working in palliative care with Otago Community Hospice. I enjoy Dr Louise Bremer the continued learning that is part of the discipline of medical oncology and value the clinical relationships which can be developed with people and their families undergoing cancer care. The strength of support offered by the Cancer Society is greatly valued by oncology staff and patients, and I am delighted to be able to join the Board to help contribute to the Society’s work." Louise takes over the Board position previously filled by Blair McLaren.

"I am delighted to have been appointed as Marketing and Communications Manager with the Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division. Prior to working for the Cancer Society, I’ve held marketing and stakeholder relationship positions in tourism and transport, fast Mark Hamer moving consumer goods, insurance and with Accident Compensation Corporation. A key focus for me will be ensuring that the Cancer Society is well known in Otago and Southland, and that people in the region have a good understanding of the important work the Society does in our communities. Working for the Society is something that is easy for me to be passionate about - making a contribution to an organisation dedicated to supporting those impacted by cancer and keeping the incidence of cancer as low as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity."

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Registration Fees: Cromwell/Alexandra/Wanaka Quilters and Patch Work Groups;

$10Brenda per person Edwards; BNI Group Queenstown; Arrowtown Bowling $100 for Club; team Queenstown of ten or lessBowling Club; Remarkable Theatre,

Queenstown; Housesmart – Hayley Stevenson; Kathleen Owens; Radio Network; Miranda Spary; Radio Burn – Maniototo; Queenstown Signs; FL Bone; Botswana Butchery; Cup & Cake Queenstown; Rachael B's support group; Arahina House Mosgiel (The Methodist Mission); George Street Normal School; Fonterra Brands NZ Ltd; Fonterra Oamaru; The Warehouse Oamaru; Caversham Harrier & Athletic Club; Kaikorai Valley 9/08/13 9:38 AM College; Bayfield High School (Year 10 students); Mosgiel volunteers; Joan Toomey; Storage King South; Nancy's Lingerie; Rural Women NZ Cushion Project; Maniototo Patchwork Group; Inner Wheel Club – Dunedin, Invercargill South and Invercargill East; Waimatua Rural Women. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to our organisation throughout the year.


Southern Scene Arrowtown Bowling Club goes wild

A close shave Earlier this year students from Kavanagh College in Dunedin took part in a head shave and raised in excess of $1400 for the Cancer Society. Michael Glover and Nathaniel Morris were supported by some of their classmates and teacher, Jeremy Scott. Pictured before presenting their donation are (left to right) Janie Peck (Cancer Society), Jeremy, Georgia Bradshaw, Michael, Nathaniel, Emily Hopper, Mary Clark, Bradlee Stapley and Mike Kernaghan (Cancer Society CEO).

In July of this year the Arrowtown Bowling Club held a 'Longest Day, Shortest Night Wild Food Fest' to kickstart an annual community fundraiser. This year the charity to benefit from the event was the Cancer Society, as the group wanted to give back to the community and asked that the funds be used to help provide support to people who were affected by cancer in the Wakatipu area. It was a decadent affair with all food sourced and donated by locals, including venison, buffalo, mutton birds and crayfish. The day was very successful with a lot of laughter and fun, with an impressive result of $5000 raised. Many thanks to all who contributed to the event. Pictured with the cheque are Pete Lindsay (president of Arrowtown Bowling Club) and Marie Wales (Cancer Society).

Cold heads in a southern September

Medical assistance The Mercy Hospital team presented the Cancer Society with a wonderful donation of $13,500 as part of the funds they raised in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Relay For Life Dunedin event. The funds will be used for the care of patients and their families.

Raewyn Brown (left), the Director of Phoenix Services in Invercargill, presented Wendy Forsyth from the Cancer Society team in Southland with a cheque for $1440 in September following a head shaving fundraiser completed by four of their staff.


Pictured above are Grace, Mike (Cancer Society CEO), Linda, Mary, Margaret and Richard.

Society has new home in Alexandra

Glenys Campbell

Alexandra Community House, located in the St Enochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church grounds in the centre of Alexandra, opened its doors in January this year. It brings together 14 not-for-profit organisations in what has fast become a base for social service agencies, along with education and arts and crafts groups. The Cancer Society is one such group that will call the centre "home". As people receiving treatment for cancer often live some distance away from the treatment centres, we want to ensure that, wherever possible, our services can be easily accessed by those in need of on-going support. This is why we are committed to being an active part of Alexandra Community House. If anyone would like to find out more about our services please contact our Alexandra Supportive Care staff member, Glenys Campbell on (03) 440 0754 or mobile 027-580-0640.


make a note in your diary... Across the nation

The spirit of Daffodil Day Verdon College students Taylor, Kelsi, Meg and Harrison making a donation of $300 to Annette Eunson, Cancer Society Client Support staff member, Southland. The Invercargill students have each been affected by cancer in some way and wanted to give back to others in need of support.


Omakau Alexandra

Movember: November International Volunteer Day: Thursday 5 December Volunteers are a crucial part of the Cancer Society. Throughout the year more than 3500 volunteers are in action across the country, supporting the work of the Cancer Society. The 5th of December is a time for us to acknowledge, celebrate and sincerely thank those who gift their time to make a difference in our communities. Relays For Life 2014: • Southland (Invercargill), 1-2 March • Central Otago (Cromwell), 15-16 March • University of Otago, April (date to be confirmed)

Southland Look Good Feel Better Workshops. Living Well, a five week programme for clients and families. General support group – first Thursday each month. Mediation Services as required. Counselling Services as required. Breast Cancer Support Group, Gore twice monthly. Drop-in Centre, Gore and Otautau. Caring for Carers, a three week programme. Lymphoedema services as required.

Central Otago


Rural Women of New Zealand Triple F Challenge Pat Macaulay, or 'Camp Mum' for the 2013 Rural Women of New Zealand Triple F Challenge (Fitness, Fun and Friendship), hands over the cheque for $4100, raised on the Challenge. Sue Walthert, developer and facilitator of the Bridge to Health (Otago and Southland Division's cancer survivorship programme) and her husband Edi were this year’s guests. They trained and biked the Otago Central Rail Trail, while enjoying the company of the 80 women and men who came along for the ride. Sue was also a guest speaker at the Omakau Town Hall. It was a wonderful fund raiser and opportunity to raise the awareness of the Bridge to Health programme. Rural women all over New Zealand face many challenges when it comes to keeping themselves and their families fit and healthy. When they are diagnosed with cancer, they face even more challenges, with long travel distances to treatment and support services, often having to leave family during treatments. Rural cancer survivors need programmes like the Bridge to Health, and the Cancer Society Otago and Southland Division is committed to bringing them this programme as soon as is practicable. Thank you Rural Women of New Zealand. Pictured (left to right) are Mike Kernaghan (Cancer Society CEO), Margaret Pittaway (National Councillor, Lower South Island Rural Women New Zealand), Sue Walthert (Developer and Facilitator Bridge to Health), 'Bikie Bridge-it' (the pin-up girl for Bridge to Health) and Pat Macaulay (Convenor of the 2013 RWNZ Triple F Challenge).

Breast Cancer Support Group, Queenstown, four times a year. Gentle Yoga, Wanaka every Tuesday morning. Support luncheons, afternoon tea and coffee groups across Central. Counselling services as required. Look Good Feel Better workshops. Offices located in Alexandra, Queenstown, Wanaka. Exercise groups held across Central: • Alexandra walking, last Monday of each month • Cromwell, 2nd Wednesday • Queenstown, every Wednesday.

South and West Otago Support luncheons held throughout the year. Counselling services as required.

Dunedin Meditation, fortnightly on Thursdays. Walking Group, fortnightly on Wednesdays. Cancer Support Group Monthly, first Tuesday of the month. Breast Cancer Support Group, second Wednesday of each month. Living As A Carer/Supporter, five sessions fortnightly. Living with Loss, four sessions fortnightly. Mosgiel Lunch Group, monthly. Middlemarch Support Group, every six weeks. Look Good Feel Better workshops. Bridge to Health workshop.

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. 7

Here to help 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 Services) Mobile: 027-576-6188 (Jessica Staniland – Wakatipu Basin) Mobile: 027-916-5028 (Jill Herbert – Wanaka) Email: (Marie Wales, Supportive Care Services) (Diana Power, Health Promotion)

Alexandra Phone: (03) 440-0754 Fax: (03) 440-0759 Mobile: 027-580-0640 (Glenys Campbell, Supportive Care Services)

North Otago Phone: (03) 434-3284 Mobile: 027-674-4200 (Audrey Hill, Supportive Care Services)

South and West Otago Phone: (03) 418-3916 Mobile: 027-277-7632 (Janine McCaughan, Supportive Care Services)

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 Services)

Western Southland Mobile: 027-305-2133 (Tina Tagg, Supportive Care Services)

Cancer Information Helpline: 0800 CANCER (0800 226 237) Websites Cancer Society: Daffodil Day: Relay For Life: (select Otago/Southland)

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