02 October 2012
Cancer Council SA is hitting the road and travelling to the Riverland this Thursday 4 October to thank the community for their ongoing support, and share important information to those wanting to minimize their cancer risk, learn more about our services or get involved.
The Riverland community has helped make a difference in the fight to beat cancer by stepping up as volunteers, Ambassadors and fundraisers for Cancer Council SA. Regional South Australians are some of our most generous supporters, with Riverland residents making no exception and together raising $166,900 so far this year.
The Cancer Council Roadshow team will be at Renmark Plaza Shopping Centre on Thursday, from 9.00am-5:30pm, with a Helpline nurse available at various times throughout the day to answer specific questions regarding cancer. Our nurse counsellors speak with more than 1,000 regional callers each year who seek information and support through the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20. This year, Helpline nurses have answered around 150 calls from the Riverland region.
As part of the Roadshow, some of our Helpline team members will also be meeting with local health professionals to update referral and support services information, as well as refresh Cancer Council resources to ensure we are working together to best provide assistance to Riverland locals affected by cancer when they need it.
Following on, that evening Cancer Council SA will host an information session at the Berri Resort Hotel from 6.30-7.30pm. Troy Flower, General Manager Business Development at Cancer Council SA, will speak with community members about how their fundraising and involvement is helping Cancer Council SA to bring the defeat of cancer closer, and how every day, every one of us can do something to help beat cancer.
Cancer Council SA offers a comprehensive range of support services aimed at helping people affected by cancer throughout all of South Australia. These services and programs ensure that regional South Australians don’t miss out on vital support during or after their cancer experience.
An important service for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment, is Cancer Council SA’s accommodation services. Our three Cancer Council Lodges offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, who also have free transport to some cancer treatment centres in the city and access to a social worker for support during their stay.
“A cancer diagnosis presents many challenges for people living in regional areas, as well as impacting their carers, family and friends,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“With more than 9,300 South Australians diagnosed with cancer each year, it is important that we raise awareness and inform all South Australians – no matter where they live – about how they can reduce their cancer risk.
“Hundreds of Riverland locals host morning teas, register Relay For Life teams, sell daffodils, volunteer with the Riverland Branch and hold community fundraising events each year. Without this support we wouldn’t be able to deliver the prevention programs, support services and cancer research funding that we do for the benefit of all South Australians.”
Moving beyond cancer treatment can often be challenging for people who are no longer receiving regular contact or support. Cancer Council SA will return to Berri on October 24 to host an information and networking session on life after cancer treatment. This session allows people to network with local health professionals and share their experiences with others affected by cancer in the community.
The next opportunity to get involved in an exciting and rewarding fundraising event is at the Cancer Council Riverland Relay For Life, 3-4 November. Relay For Life is a chance to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. Last year 20 Riverland teams participated in the event and raised an amazing $55,989 for Cancer Council SA.
To get involved in an upcoming fundraising event, call the Cancer Council SA event hotline 1300 65 65 85.
For more information on the information and networking session on life after cancer treatment (October 24), call Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.