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 - September 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Portacath insertion issue
Our committee has been seeking an improvement in the provision of Portacath devices to uninsured patients so they will no longer have to travel to Concord Hospital for the insertion. We had asked for the brief operation to be performed at Bowral & District Hospital and were advised back in July that the issue was currently under discussion. No definite answer has been received yet, but one possible option is that, if Campbelltown Hospital were to be approved for vascular surgery, then public patients from the Southern Highlands might be able to have the device inserted there. Still a journey, but certainly a shorter one than to Concord and back. More information when it comes to hand.

Pictured at Springetts Arcade (L to R)  : Deb Wrigley, Christine Graham, Jonathon & Miranda Hassett

Daffodil Day well supported
Once again this August the volunteers of the Wingecarribee turned out on Daffodil Day to help collect funds for Cancer Council NSW. There were stalls set up at Mittagong’s Highlands Marketplace and at Springetts Arcade and Coles Supermarket in Bowral, offering a range of merchandise from beautiful bunches of fresh daffodils, to the badges, pens, keyrings and toy bears which carry the brand. At the Springetts stall, I met Team Leader Christine Graham, assisted by Deb Wrigley and Miranda & Jonathon Hassett. Christine had commenced her role last year when she took over from the well-known John Sider. Over at Coles, Lauren McDonald was fully in charge of the table for her 11th year ! Through the generous support of Southern Highlands residents, the contributions raised will go towards the many avenues by which Cancer Council assists those with a cancer diagnosis. The latest form of that help to our own locals is the new car purchased for the sole use by GAPS volunteers to transport Wingecarribee cancer patients.

Pictured at Coles Supermarket : Lauren McDonald

10 years and going strong

Members of the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee were a little surprised when I pointed out recently that we had just passed the 10-year milestone for the volunteer group. Back in 2007 a small band of like-minded people came together to see what could be done to improve services for local cancer patients. A great boost came when Cancer Council NSW used some of the funds from Relay for Life to provide a bus to take patients to Campbelltown and back for their treatment. The bus still runs today, five days a week, manned by volunteer drivers. Since then, the committee has gone on to provide the material for the annual Cancer Services Directory, now in its 9th year, and for this regular monthly column, both supported by Southern Highland News. These two initiatives are to inform people about patient services available in our district : for transport, accommodation, legal and financial help, along with programs to assist after cancer surgery. That led naturally to the committee starting its own website to put all the information online. Which brought about this website : Southern Highlands Cancer Connect, now in its 7th year of operation.

During those 10 years, our committee has called for improved services in palliative care, haematology, and portacatheter insertion, and supported the limits placed on smoking tobacco in public places. We have helped in the formation and operation of the GAPS service. Currently we channel donations through to local cancer charities, promote various fundraisers, and work closely with local Can Assist and numerous cancer support groups. These are achievements of which we can be modestly proud and I thank all committee members, past and present.

Coming Events
• Bright Pink Lipstick Day for awareness of hereditary breast & ovarian cancer, Sept 22
• Blue September is raising awareness of cancers affecting men.
• Can Assist event : A “Secret Garden Party” in Bowral, 3-6pm, Sunday Sept 24
• Southern Highlands Cancer Support Group, 10am, Tues. Sept. 26 RSVP Katie
• Breast Cancer Support Group, Mittagong RSL, 10am-12 noon, Sept. Sept. 27
• October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
• “Light the Night” for Leukaemia Foundation, Bradman Oval, 5.30-8.30pm Oct. 6
• Can Assist Meeting 10am October 10th at BDCU, Bowral
* YWCA Encore program will be conducted from Oct. 11th to Nov. 29th. Contact Susie 0419 221 433. 
      For details of the program, see the webpage under the "Local Services" tab above.
• National Bandanna Day for CanTeen, Oct 27
• RCA function Sick or Treat Charity Ball, Sydney, Oct. 27.
* Great movie night : "Murder on the Orient Express" - a fundraiser for Can Assist at the New Empire Cinemas, 6 for 5.30pm on Nov. 9th. See all the details in our 'News & Events' column

Grahame Hackett (Chair, Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee)
0407 234 780 or


Cancer Connections - May 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Relay For Life 2014

Remember the day ? Saturday, 3rd May ? The weather : cold, wet and windy. Did that deter people from attending ? No way ! Over 1000 people from the Southern Highlands turned up in their various teams to remember those taken by cancer and to celebrate those who presently cope with the disease. Our keynote speaker, Barbara Williams, was both entertaining and inspiring as she described the excitement she had in forming a breast cancer dragonboat team and competing at regattas. The full text of what she had to say can now be read on this website : just click on the News & Events item.

The Survivors and Carers Walk signalled the commencement of the actual relay. Andrew Hearn, the Berrima auctioneer, led the way again this time with a swirl of his bagpipes and a complete indifference to the rain falling at that time. Despite the conditions, this year’s Relay was a resounding success ! For starters, the target of $200,000 had been reached before the day even began. By the end of May, the funds raised were in excess of $284,000 !. Truly this is an amazing result and demonstrates once again the tremendous generosity of the Southern Highlands community in helping others.

Donations put to work
How does Cancer Council use these funds ? Firstly there is the costly area of research into the causes and the treatment of cancer. Cancer Council NSW will spend over $15 million on research alone this year. In our local area, they finance the Patient Transport Service bus, the GAPS program supporting patients and carers in their own homes, and the information resource stands now available in a number of medical centres. They support the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and provided the funds to establish this website. And all local cancer patients and carers have access to their wide range of support services : the Helpline on 13 11 20; telephone, online and one-to-one peer support programs; financial assistance; prevention programs; the Sunsmart schools and community speakers programs in addition to their extensive cancer information services.

Miss Relay 2014
Maybe conditions on the day caused a reduction in the number of contestants – there were 20 entrants two years ago – but nevertheless a quality field turned out this year. Before the contestants headed off to seek contributions, the early betting possibly favoured the seductive Nicola, who may have been lacking in dress sense but more than made up for it in (shall we say) maturity of years. It was Jasmina, however, who ultimately stole the show in a decisive manner. Known to his friends as James Smith from Krebs 4 Us, our new Miss Relay was strong enough to even defeat the 2012 winner, Miss Randy Tart.

Obviously with an eye to the weather, James chose a fetching little number in brilliant red satin, set off with an eye-catching white polka dot pattern on the bodice. Already streets ahead in the fashion stakes as it was, Jasmina then pulled the proverbial rabbit out of the bucket : a cheque for $500 from his employer. This was enough to trump all other collections and the title was his.

Mother’s Day Classic
By the time this column goes to press, the inaugural Bowral Mother's Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer will have been held at Bong Bong Racecourse, Sunday, May 11th. Proceeds will go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The success of this venture is all due to the great work done by Georgie Cousens, Jess Hunter, and their team of volunteers who decided to establish this as an annual event.

BowelCare Australia Program for 2014
Most pharmacies in the Southern Highlands are participating in the BowelCare Australia Program. Kits are available at pharmacies through to May 24th and must be returned to a participating pharmacy for pathology testing prior to June 7th. The $10 cost for each kit covers the testing and notification of results. So, why not “Get checked”.

Coming Events
• National Volunteer Week, May 12th – 18th
• Biggest Morning Teas will be held in the week beginning May 19th
• National Palliative Care Week, May 25th – 31st
• World No Tobacco Day, May 31st
• June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., June 12th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or


Cancer Connections - April 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cancer Services Directory 2014 now available online

The 6th edition of the Southern Highlands Cancer Services Directory was recently published in the Southern Highland News. The text articles for this year’s issue were provided by the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee. Following a theme of “Support Groups and Services”, we have included all the information we have on what help is available locally for cancer patients and their families. Reception of the booklet has been most favourable. If you missed that issue, copies of the 24-page A5 booklet are still available from the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre within the private hospital. As well as that, a copy of all of the 2014 Directory has been placed on this website under the Directory tab above and available to download in pdf.

Committee loses Kate Partington

At our April meeting, the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee said our farewell to one of our longer serving members, Kate Partington. Currently the Nursing Unit Manager within the Wingecarribee Community Health Centre, Kate had to tell us that this would be her last meeting since she will be transferring out of the district. The committee thanked Kate warmly for her contribution to our work, particularly her advice, her knowledge of health services and personnel, and her ability to identify gaps in health services to patients. Kate’s new position will be as Community Aged Care Manager with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and we all wish her every success in her new role.

BowelCare Australia Program for 2014

We have been informed of the 2014 details for this valuable program, which is organised by Rotary. Participating pharmacies in the Southern Highlands will have the kits available from April 26th (if not earlier) through to May 24th. The completed kits must be returned to a participating pharmacy for pathology testing prior to June 7th. The $10 cost for each kit covers the testing and notification of results. From the 2013 BowelCare Program, 78 people were detected with bowel cancer or polyps and another 152 positive results are pending investigation. 
So, why not “Get checked”.

Relay For Life 2014

Relay for Life returns to the Southern Highlands on Saturday 3rd May at Eridge Park Oval and runs through to Sunday morning. Keep that date free and let’s work for an even bigger event than in 2012. The themes for Relay are “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back !” and proceeds support the many worthwhile activities of Cancer Council NSW. To go to the website for Relay just click here This site will allow supporters to form a team to take part. You can join a team or, better still, start your own. Who will you relay for ?

Mother’s Day Classic

The inaugural Bowral Mother's Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer will be held on Bong Bong Racecourse on Sunday, May 11th, starting at 9.30 a.m. Proceeds go towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The event offers a 3km walk for participation; it is not a timed race. For all details, registration closing dates and how to enter, go to

Coming Events

• BowelCare kits available at pharmacies, April 26th to May 24th
• Relay For Life, Eridge Park Oval, Sat. May 3rd through to Sun. morning
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs., May 8th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital.
• Mother’s Day Classic Walk for Breast Cancer, Bong Bong Racecourse, May 11, 9.30am
• International Nurses Day, May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthdate)
• National Volunteer Week, May 12th – 18th
• Biggest Morning Tea, week beginning May 19th

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or


Cancer Connections - May 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Biggest Morning Tea 
Southern Highlands Cancer Centre will hold their morning tea on Thursday, May 23rd which is the nominal date set for this year. But groups can hold one on any morning around that date. The BIGGEST Morning Tea at Burrawang School of Arts is on Saturday, May 25th. The Southern Highland News carried an extensive list of BMTs planned for the district in its issue of Wednesday, May 15th. Maybe this means you get to go to more than one event ! These are fun activities and are great fundraisers for Cancer Council. Because every cup counts.

About the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee
Following the success of our Cancer Services Directory for 2013, people have asked that we say a little about what we do. The Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee (SHCLC) is an independent committee of local volunteers committed to improving services for cancer patients and raising awareness of the support which is available to them and their carers. The committee, which meets each month, works closely with the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre, health professionals, members of volunteer services, support groups, program providers and cancer charities within the Wingecarribee.

To help spread the information about cancer issues to patients and to all in the community, the committee provides the material for the annual Directory published by Southern Highland News. The most recent step taken to make knowledge of cancer services and all these matters more accessible to people has been the creation of this website. The design of our website was funded by Cancer Council NSW who strongly support the committee’s activities. The column “Cancer Connections” which we write for Southern Highland News is printed on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and then provides the material for this blog. (You can find out more about our committee by clicking on the "About Us" tab above.)

Community Hospice winter fundraiser

This will be a Wearable Art Fashion Parade at Annesley on Thursday, June 13th, 5.30-7.30pm. The event will feature Margaret Connor’s creations which will be available for purchase after the parade. Book early. Tickets from the Hospice shop in High street, Bowral. Full details are on the Hospice website at

BowelCare kits available
With 1 in 12 Australians diagnosed by age 85, bowel cancer is the second largest cause of cancer deaths in Australia. The good news however is that, if detected early, 90% of cases can be treated successfully. So, why not “Get checked”. BowelCare kits are still available from local pharmacies until June 1st; the last day for returning kits for pathology testing is June 15th.

Cancer Services Directory now online
If you were not able to get your copy of our Directory for the Southern Highlands, the whole contents of the booklet can now be obtained from this website. This year’s booklet, which featured special articles on men’s health issues, can be easily downloaded as a pdf file. Just click on the Directory tab above.

World No Tobacco Day, May 31st
Each year, about 6 million people worldwide die as a result of tobacco usage. 600,000 of those victims are non-smokers.

Please note : The Gatsby Dinner Dance announced for June 28th has had to be cancelled due to insufficient time to have all arrangements in place for the event.

Coming Events
• BowelCare kits available at local pharmacies until June 1st.
• National Volunteer Week, May 13th – 19th
• Palliative Care Week, May 19th – 25th
• Biggest Morning Teas will occur on Thursday, May 23rd or on nearby dates
• Biggest Morning Tea at SH Cancer Centre, Thurs. May 23rd.
• Biggest Morning Tea at Burrawang School of Arts, Sat. May 25, 9am-12pm
• May 31st is always World No Tobacco Day.
• June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
  Bowral Men's Shed celebrates 10th Anniversary, at the Shed, 11.30 am, June 12.
• Can Assist meeting, Thurs, June 13th, 10am at the old Bowral Hospital
• Wearable Art Fashion Parade at Annesley, for Community Hospice, Thurs, June 13 .

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or


Cancer Connections - September 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Transport Services for Cancer Patients
At the September meeting of the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee we met with Janet McNamara, the Manager of Southern Highlands Community Transport. It was a most useful meeting to look at how each of our services can work together for the benefit of patients. We learned how extensive is the service which Janet’s organisation provides, catering as it does for not just cancer patients but people with many different needs. We were able to identify how their organisation and our Patient Transport Service & GAPS volunteers can dovetail their work for the most efficient support of those who require transport help.

Special Note : the email address for the GAPS service has been altered to

Daffodil Day 2012
Thank you to all our local Daffodil Day volunteers who manned the stalls in August and to the many Southern Highlands donors who contributed to the collection. Daffodil Day is one of the main sources of much-needed funding for Cancer Council activities in support of those with cancer and in enabling vital cancer research. 
An added bonus at that time was the kind action by representatives of the business community who gave daffodils to each patient at the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre. A very thoughtful gesture.

A brand new program for patients to have the benefit of some special visitors has commenced in our district. CarePets involves specially trained dogs coming to see patients receiving treatment at the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre within the private hospital. The program is conducted by Interchange Wingecarribee with funding for the training of the dogs and their handlers provided by the Federal Government and Cancer Council NSW. CarePets has already met with an enthusiastic response from those being visited; people interested in volunteering could contact Sharon at Interchange Wingecarribee.

Community Services EXPO

A highly successful expo was held at Mittagong RSL in August to raise awareness in the Wingecarribee of the range of community services that are available. Cancer services to the area were well featured on the day, with volunteers Suzy Kennon and Margaret Maronese present from GAPS (our General and Practical Support program), John Sider representing the Cancer Council NSW, and myself for the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee and the Cancer Connect website. 

Cancer Services Directory 2013 is already in preparation

If you are providing a medical or allied service which assists local cancer patients or their family and carers, but you have not been listed in earlier editions of our Cancer Services Directory, we would like to hear from you ! The listing of a service is free and can be arranged by getting in touch with the Committee – contact details are given below. If you also wish to take out an advertisement in next year’s booklet, this can be done by contacting the sales staff at Southern Highland News on 4861 2333.

Coming Events
• Fruit ‘n’ Veg month commenced on August 27
• Blue September aims to highlight cancer issues for men
• September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
• “Walk to Work” Day, Sept. 28
• October is “Girls Night In” month;
• Can Assist Annual Branch Meeting will be held on Wednesday October 17th, 10.30am, in the Lecture Room, old Bowral Hospital.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)
0407 234 780 or


Cancer Connections - June 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Federal Government extends Bowel Cancer screening
The Federal Government has recently announced that it will provide new funding in the 2012-13 Budget to expand the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Considering that revenues are clearly down and causing a tighter Budget, it was good to see that this program received one of the few new funding initiatives.

There will now be an extra $50 million to extend the program to Australians turning 60 from next year, those turning 70 from 2015 and then progressively introducing two-yearly screening for all Australians aged 50 to 74 from 2017 onwards. This extension has the potential to save an estimated 300 to 500 lives each year and has been achieved partly as a result of the continued lobbying by cancer activists.

For further details on these reforms, visit the Federal Government website for the program at

Breast Cancer Support Group

A Breast Cancer Support Group has recently been formed in the Southern Highlands, meeting regularly on an informal basis as a friendly social get-together. To cater for everyone, the group meets in the daytime in some months and in the evening at other times. The ladies will next meet at midday on Wednesday, July 18th, at the Scottish Arms Bistro, Boardman Road, Bowral. Contact details for the group are available on this website click here.

NSW Government extends smoke-free areas

On 31 May - World No Tobacco Day - the NSW Government acted on its previously announced intention and introduced a Bill to legislate on smoke-free outdoor areas. 

The amendments proposed by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, to the Smoke-free Environment Act will extend these areas to include : spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas (while organised sporting events are being held); swimming pool complexes; and transport waiting areas such as railway platforms, bus stops, and taxi ranks.

The new amendments will also apply 10 metres around children’s play equipment and 4 metres around a pedestrian access point to a public building. Outdoor seated dining areas and food fairs, however, will not come under these provisions until 2015. The next stage in these important reforms will be to see that, when areas are actually defined, the wording does not create loopholes or exemptions which negate the intention of the Act. For the details of the Minister's statement  click here.

Men’s Health Expo held on June 16
Congratulations to Rob Uhl and her team from Highlands Community Centres for organising this event to promote awareness of men’s health initiatives. Despite poor weather, the day was certainly successful in letting community members know about the wide range of local organisations and services which contribute to healthy lifestyles for men of all ages. The Cancer Leadership Committee and this website, Cancer Connect, were represented at the Expo to show visitors the work we do and to distribute copies of our Cancer Services Directory 2012.

Coming Events
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thursday, July 12th at the old Bowral Hospital

• Breast Cancer Support Group next meets at midday July 18th at Scottish Arms Bistro

• July is “Call To Arms” Month for sporting clubs helping fight cancer in men
• Stress Down Day is on Friday, July 27

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)


Cancer Connections - March 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Oncology Unit

There has been a delay to the moving of the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre from its current premises in Holmhale Street to the new oncology unit at Southern Highlands Private Hospital. Recent wet weather has put back some of the building work at the hospital and the move will now take place on Tuesday, April 10th.

Cancer Services Directory 2012
The last week of February saw the publication of the 4th edition of our directory which lists the services available locally to assist cancer patients and their families. It also carries a number of articles about cancer and health-related matters along with advertisements from many local firms and organisations. The feedback we have had shows that it has been very well-received. Thanks are due to Southern Highland News and all the Directory’s sponsors who make this publication possible. If you missed out, a copy can be obtained at the Cancer Centre or you can now download it as a pdf file from the Directory tab on this website.

Register for Relay For Life

This major fund-raiser for Cancer Council NSW will be held at Eridge Park Oval on April 28th – 29th. It will commence at 9.30am on the Saturday and the Survivors & Carers Walk takes place at 10am. The event finishes at 10am on Sunday. For more details, see our additional item under the “News and Events” tab. 

You can register online by clicking here Relay for Life to join a team or, better still, form your own team and make an entry. Early bird registration (before April 14) is $15 per person. Who will you relay for ? Those not able to take part are urged to make a donation to support the efforts of one of the teams and to purchase tickets in the Relay Raffle.

BowelCare test kits
As part of the bowel cancer awareness campaign the test kits from BowelCare Australia are now on sale at most pharmacies until March 31st. The $10 fee covers the kit, pathology and notification of results. Completed kits can be returned to participating pharmacies up to April 14th. Note that there are instructions about avoiding red meat and iron tablets, and restricting the intake of aspirin and vitamin C, for three days before and during the collection period. Full instructions are printed on the test kits.

Smoke-free Outdoor Areas Policy
This important policy was passed unanimously by Wingecarribee Shire Council at its meeting on February 22nd. Full detail will become available when Council posts this on its website, makes its media release and includes it in Community Notices. Signage will then be erected at relevant areas.

Cancer-related News
The Herald Sun reported that an Australian cancer drug designed to kill cancerous cells while leaving healthy ones intact has been tested on Australian patients. The drug was discovered, designed and tested in Australia. Assoc. Prof. Martin Lackmann, Monash University, said : “We believe this antibody has the potential to provide significant benefit to a range of patients with blood cancers or solid tumours, given its potential to attack different types of cancerous cells”.

Coming Events
• 1st April is National Smile Day – supporting the Clown Doctors
• Can Assist meeting, 10am Thursday, April 12th at the old Bowral Hospital
• Southern Highlands Relay for Life, April 28th -29th at Eridge Park Oval

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)


Cancer Connections - August 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Council approves new oncology unit

At the meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council, Wednesday August 10, Councillors unanimously gave their approval for the DA for the new Oncology Unit to be built at the Southern Highlands Private Hospital. I was able to see the plans for the extension and it is going to be a great facility to benefit patients.

Daffodil Day, Friday August 26
As foreshadowed last month, the annual Daffodil Day fundraiser approaches, with contributions going towards a range of necessary programs : research into the treatment, causes and prevention of cancer; plus patient support and information; cancer screening; and advocacy activities.

Supporters may already obtain items which are available at Coles, the Cancer Centre at Holmhale Street, and various local pharmacies. I am told that on Daffodil Day there will be collection sites set up at the following locations : Oxley Mall and Springetts Arcade in Bowral; Sally’s Corner; Bundanoon Village; and Highlands Marketplace in Mittagong.

Curves are having a Party - a Zumba Party
Enjoy the party and get into some Zumba fitness at the same time. Curves will be hosting the event at the Mittagong RSL, Sat. September 10, starting at 12 noon. Must pre-purchase your tickets !   $20 from Curves, the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre, or Mittagong RSL. All funds raised will go to the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund; proceeds from sale of Cancer Council items will go to Cancer Council NSW. Join the party !

Southern Region office of Cancer Council has moved
For people who wish to contact the Wollongong office of Cancer Council, I will mention that they have moved to a new address at the University of Wollongong :
Suite 7 Ground Floor, iC Enterprise 1, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. The postal address is : PO Box 21, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519. Their phone remains unchanged 02 4223 0200 but the new fax number is 02 4285 0268.

Coming Events
• Third Wednesday each month : Cancer Support Group. Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral, 7pm. Facilitator : Jann Wadsworth 48693830.
• Daffodil Day will be held on Friday August 26.
• ZUMBA Party, Mittagong RSL, Sat. September 10, starting at 12 noon.
• Community Services Expo, Thurs. Sept 15, at Moss Vale Services Club.
• Can Assist fundraiser will be “Balloons Can Assist” and is now planned for Nov. 13 at Bowral Pool – the first week the pool is open for the summer.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)


Cancer Connections - July 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Website now launched

As promised, the new website “Southern Highlands Cancer Connect” has now been officially launched. In what is a bold step for the Southern Highlands Cancer Leadership Committee, we’re online at and we would love you to take a look.

This as a modern means to tell the whole community about local cancer support services and to make all the details more available to patients, carers, and even doctors too. Since the launch, we have received some great feedback – all of it positive ! Visitors to the site report that they find it attractive, easy to use and full of information. See what you think. Many people have contributed to the website and to everyone who has helped we give a big thank you.

Can Assist Luncheon
The special guest speaker at this fundraiser will be local naturopath and writer, Mim Beim. The luncheon is at the Moss Vale Golf Club, Thursday July 28, 12 noon for 12.30pm. The cost of $45 pp covers a pre-lunch drink, two course meal, tea or coffee. Your support will help Can Assist in their valuable work of patient support. Tickets can be obtained if you act now : phone Glenda 4861 7377 or email

Warnings on alcohol products
DrinkWise, an alcohol industry-funded group, launched a consumer information campaign last week to focus on three messages : “Kids and alcohol don’t mix”, “Is drinking harming yourself or others ?” and “It is safest not to drink while pregnant”. These messages will be voluntarily shown on alcohol products. Consumption of alcohol has been linked to health concerns : cirrhosis of the liver, and cancers of the liver, breast, throat and mouth.

Daffodil Day, Friday August 26
This year’s Daffodil Day is expected to be another strong fundraiser for Cancer Council NSW. Contributions received from the community are directed into vital programs such as patient support and information; research; cancer prevention and screening. Just for cancer research alone, Cancer Council NSW has invested $16 million during 2010-11.
(Pictured right; Committee members 2007)

Volunteer In Home Service
This new local service already helps more than nine people and is open to accepting more clients and more volunteers for the next training course. Contact the co-ordinator, Suzy Kennon, on 0428 681 926 or email

Coming Events
• Third Wednesday each month : Cancer Support Group. Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral, 7pm. Facilitator : Jann Wadsworth 48693830.
• “Call to Arms” by sporting groups throughout July.
• Can Assist Luncheon, Moss Vale Golf Club, Thursday July 28, 12 noon for 12.30pm; Guest Speaker : Mim Beim, Cost $45. Phone Glenda 4861 7377.
• Daffodil Day will be held on Friday August 26.

Grahame Hackett (Chair, SHCLC)


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