29 July 2013
Cancer Council SA is on the road to the Copper Coast on Monday, August 5, to thank the community for their support and share important information to those wanting to minimise their cancer risk, learn more about our services or get involved.
The Cancer Council Roadshow team will be at the Woolworths carpark, Forster St, Kadina, from 10.30am-5pm, with a cancer nurse available at various times throughout the day to answer specific questions about cancer. These 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. In the past 12 months, more than 220 calls were made to the Cancer Council Helpline from the Copper Coast and the surrounding area.
As part of the Roadshow, our cancer support team will be meeting with local health professionals to update referral and support service information, as well as refresh Cancer Council resources to ensure we are working together to provide the best assistance to Copper Coast locals affected by cancer when they need it. It will also be an exciting opportunity for the team to visit the newly opened Wallaroo Chemotherapy Centre, which opened in May with a contribution on behalf of the generous supporters of Cancer Council SA.
Later that evening, Cancer Council SA will host an information session at the Yorke Peninsula Veterans and Community Centre, Port Rd, Kadina, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Our Roadshow team will speak to the community about how their involvement as volunteers, Ambassadors and fundraisers for Cancer Council SA is helping to beat cancer and how every day every one of us can do something to reduce our own cancer risk.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says the Roadshow will provide an opportunity to thank the Copper Coast community for their continued support, which enables Cancer Council SA to fund vital cancer research, as well as provide a range of support services to ensure regional South Australians do not miss out on critical support during or after their cancer experience.
In the past 12 months, 23 teams from the Upper Yorke Peninsula Relay For Life have raised a combined total of $97,500. A further $71,840 was raised by locals at this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events.
“We believe that together we will beat cancer, which is why we are so grateful for the support Cancer Council SA receives from the Copper Coast community each year, through hosting morning teas, selling daffodils and spending a ‘night in’ with the girls,” Professor Wilson says.
“With this generous support we are able to deliver prevention programs, support services and cancer research funding for the benefit of all South Australians.”
Professor Wilson says it’s important for the Copper Coast community to know they have access to a comprehensive range of free support services, provided by qualified professionals to help people affected by cancer throughout South Australia. They are easily accessed by calling Cancer Council 13 11 20.
“We want to make sure people are aware of the many support services that we have available for anyone who is affected by cancer.
“Our accommodation service, Cancer Council Lodges, is an important service for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment. Cancer Council Lodges offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, and provides access to free transport to some cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay.
“Last year we provided more than 80 room nights of accommodation to guests from the Copper Coast at Cancer Council Lodges.”
Each year, more than 9,300 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer and it is essential that we raise awareness and inform people throughout the state about how they can reduce their cancer risk, Professor Wilson says.
“Our Roadshow team is looking forward to meeting the community and responding to questions people may have about cancer or how Cancer Council SA can help.”
The Cancer Council Roadshow team will be on Forster St, Kadina, in the Woolworths carpark between 10.30am – 5pm, on Monday 5 August.
The evening event will be held at Yorke Peninsula Veterans and Community Centre, Port Rd, Kadina, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
To get involved in an upcoming fundraising event, call the Cancer Council SA event hotline 1300 65 65 85.