09 May 2016
We’re inspired by our volunteers
This week is National Volunteer Week and the perfect time to celebrate the significant difference being made by our dedicated volunteers in beating cancer. We’re so proud to have a diverse group of South Australians, ranging from 15-86 years, who are so committed to helping to beat cancer, that they generously give their time as ongoing volunteers.
During 2015, our volunteers collectively gave over 11,200 hours, resulting in a financial value of more than $246,120. That huge amount of money can be used to fund vital cancer research, critical support services, and education programs - all reducing the impact of cancer on South Australians.
Our volunteers assist with countless tasks, including, driving the bus between Cancer Council Lodge and some cancer treatment centres, administration or warehouse activities, assisting with information resources, and collecting donations in memory of people who have passed away.
Additionally, our volunteers bring our events to life, such as Daffodil Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Pink Ribbon Day and Relay for Life.
Jenny and Moira, keeping things cheerful
Each Monday, Cancer Council SA’s warehouse is filled with action and laughter, as delightful sisters Jenny, 69, and Moira, 74, join our volunteer team, busily packing items for countless events, admin tasks and more.
Having both experienced breast cancer, losing their brother to bowel cancer, and Moira’s husband to liver cancer, both Jenny and Moira are passionate about preventing others suffering from a cancer diagnosis.
At 50 years of age, Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unsure of how to assist her sister, Moira attended a counselling session with Jenny at Cancer Council SA. This was the start of a long and meaningful relationship between the sisters and our organisation.
After retiring from a full-time government role, Jenny became a volunteer at Cancer Council SA in 2003, generously giving up time between her own surgeries, treatment and recovery from cancer. Moira decided to join her two years later, playfully saying, “If she could do it, so could I!”.
At the age of 60, Moira was also diagnosed with breast cancer and treated successfully, before tragically losing her beloved husband to liver cancer six years ago. Her experience only made her more determined to change things for future generations. Moira hopes that, by volunteering she’ll help direct money to vital cancer research. Her wish is that this helps her children and grandchildren avoid the distress of a cancer diagnosis.
Jenny embraced her remission, before being informed that her cancer had returned and although under control, is now terminal. Determined to remain positive and inspire others, Jenny says that “the best medicine is to get on with life…having close family and friends is the icing on the cake”. It is now routine that Jenny often volunteers on a Monday morning, before leaving for an afternoon chemotherapy session.
As well as generously giving their time, Jenny and Moira make a big impact on our staff, who are constantly uplifted by their down-to-earth natures and infectious outlook on life.
It’s a joy to have them on the Cancer Council SA team and we’re so proud to have the likes of Jenny, Moira, and all of our other volunteers helping to beat cancer for our loved ones.
A huge thank you to those who give so much to our shared dream.
We know that by working together, we will beat cancer.