Cancer Connections

Beating Cancer in the Highlands ... This column is brought to you regularly by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and is first published in the Lifestyle section of the Southern Highland News. It is designed to inform everybody of matters relating to cancer in our local community and the wider society. We aim to focus on local news, forthcoming events, services and other cancer issues.

Cancer Connections - August 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Daffodil Day happens in August

One of the most recognised charity symbols of all right across the country is the golden daffodil. It was chosen as the symbol of hope for all affected by cancer because of its reputation as a hardy annual flower, pushing its way through the earth after a long winter to herald the return of spring, new life, vitality and growth. As one of the first flowers of an approaching spring, the daffodil symbolises rebirth and new beginnings. To Cancer Council, the daffodil represents hope for a cancer-free future. While the official day is always the fourth Friday – this year it’s August 23rd – some collections will be held on other days. Buy your daffodil badge which says "Grow Hope".

Can you spare a little time ?
Currently some opportunities exist for people to volunteer to help cancer patients by means of the GAPS program. That’s the General and Practical Support service which is available in the Wingecarribee to people undergoing cancer treatment. Training for all volunteers is provided by Cancer Council NSW. Some of the ways you can assist include preparing light meals and snacks; shopping; light housework; respite for a carer; and transport to medical treatment. Whether you are helping a patient or their carer, your assistance will be greatly appreciated by people who are facing a most serious challenge to their health. For further information about the program, use the QuickLink on the LHS of screen. If you would like to take part, telephone Tina Hunt at Cancer Council NSW on (02) 4223 0200.

Relay For Life 2014 – advance notice
The date for the Relay For Life 2014 event has now been announced. Co-Chairman of the Relay organising committee, Jonathan Purvis, revealed that : “It will all be happening at Eridge Park Oval next year on Saturday, May 3rd and running right through until early Sunday morning.” So pencil in that date on your list of events to go onto next year’s calendar. More details to come in later months.

Children’s Cancer Welfare Services
This registered charity offers direct financial and practical support to families with children suffering from cancer. The scope of the services supplied is to the whole of NSW but with an emphasis on rural areas. Some of the help provided includes financial assistance for rural children with cancer while they receive treatment in the city; subsidies for transport, accommodation, and rehabilitation; and extends to some help with the family finances at this difficult time. More information can be found at or ring the Secretary, John Causer, on 0427 939 021.

Support Programs scheduled locally
* YWCA Encore is for women who have experienced breast cancer. A free 8-week program at Mittagong on Wednesdays 1-3pm from 16th October to 4th December 2013. For bookings, telephone Vanessa Cashin on (02) 9285 6264 or contact the program by email :

* Look Good…Feel Better. A free program to help in coping with chemotherapy and radiotherapy side effects by restoring patients’ appearance and self-confidence. October 22nd, 10am-12.30pm at the SH Private Hospital. For bookings, contact Jo Pearson 4862 9472 or email Joanne Meehan at Further information about the program is available on this website; just use the QuickLink on the LHS of screen.

Coming Events
• Daffodil Day raises funds for Cancer Council programs, Friday, August 23rd
• Daffodil Day events at the SH Cancer Centre will be held August 21st & 22nd
• September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
• Fight Cancer Foundation Footy Colours Day, Sept. 1st
• Can Assist meeting, Thursday, Sept. 12th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital
• High Tea for McGrath Foundation, Sunday Sept. 15th 9.30am-12.30pm, at the Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral. See all the details on this website under the “News and Events” tab.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
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