Supporting people affected by cancer is at the heart of everything we do. Across all stages of the experience—from hearing those three little words, to coping with treatment, to life beyond cancer—our support services ensure no one ever has to go through their journey alone.
Because of you, this year South Australians impacted by cancer were able to access trusted, evidence-based cancer information, free counselling, subsidised accommodation when they had to travel for treatment, childcare, and financial and legal aid to help plan for the costs of cancer.
A home away from home for regional South Australians
With your support this year, Cancer Council SA Lodges at Greenhill and Flinders continued to provide a place to stay for country guests when they travelled to Adelaide for treatment. More than just a bed to sleep in, guests were invited to find their second family in the welcoming Lodge community. Our social workers Jo and Michelle were an integral part of that family, greeting guests and making their stay as comfortable as possible.
For the first time this year, the Take A Paws program was introduced to both Lodges, an initiative that helped many of our country guests who were missing special pets back home. Silky terrier Zoe was an honorary guest at Greenhill Lodge on Wednesday mornings thanks to owner Barbara, while Chilli the Labrador and her owners Annie and Denzil were a hit with guests at Flinders Lodge on Tuesday afternoons.
This year, weekly morning teas were hosted at both Lodges, enabling guests to socialise, have a cuppa, and enjoy a bite to eat thanks to our new partners, Cater Care. It’s just one of the parts of Lodge life that wouldn’t be possible without our incredible volunteers.
Weekly shopping outings, thanks to long-time Lodge volunteer Helen, offered guests the opportunity to access essential services. We were also pleased to welcome 12 new volunteer drivers to our Transport to Treatment team.
Providing answers to your cancer questions
Cancer causes questions. That’s why when you call 13 11 20, an experienced cancer nurse in Adelaide will answer.
This year, 13 11 20 nurses like Ann provided valuable information and support to 4,961 South Australians, including people with cancer, their loved ones, health professionals and students.
Taking care of everyday challenges
Cancer treatment can place significant strain on your finances. Medical bills, travel costs, and having to take time off work are just some of the common financial challenges.
That’s why Cancer Council SA provides financial planning services, and can also connect you to relevant community and government resources that can help.
For those struggling with a particular bill, we’re able to provide one-off Financial Assistance Grants of up to $250. With the generous support of our community, we were able to offer 374 grants over the past year to those who needed it most.