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 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

ZUMBA Party success !
What a great initiative was shown by Danna Vozzo and her team from Curves ! Over 150 energetic souls put in four hours of intense Zumba and succeeded in raising over $5700 in aid of the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre Trust Fund. That was a neat formula : raising money to be spent on the equipment which local patients need, while getting fit at the same time. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.

Volunteer In Home Service

This local service, which helps cancer patients and their carers in the home or with some transport needs, is open to accepting more clients. Also, new volunteers can join the next training course. But needed urgently : volunteers who could drive a patient to meet the Patient Transport Service bus at Moss Vale. If you can help, please contact the co-ordinator, Suzy Kennon, on 0428 681 926 or email

Encore Program

YWCA Encore is an 8 week program designed for women who have experienced breast cancer. The sessions of two hours per week provide gentle exercises, relaxation techniques and information. These are aimed at restoring mobility, flexibility and confidence, regardless of how long ago the surgery or treatment occurred. The program is safe, fun and therapeutic - and it’s free. A course will commence locally at Henley Brae on October 12th. Register, or find more information, online at or telephone 1800 305 150.

The Look Good…Feel Better Program

is fully described elsewhere on this site – use the QuickLink on the left. Their next program will be held at the Southern Highlands Cancer Centre at Bowral, on October 25th. You need to register by October 17th and this can be done online at or by telephoning 02 9281 2322.

CWA Exeter did it again
I have only just learnt that, through their Amazing Aprons activity back in April, Exeter branch of CWA presented cheques for $6,500 apiece to Can Assist and the Jean Colvin Cancer Centre. Aren’t they just an amazing bunch of ladies at Exeter ?

October is Pink Awareness Month

We’ve learnt to associate the colour pink with action on breast cancer which has been well-publicised. It’s probably now time to also spare thought for people diagnosed with some of the other cancers which don’t have the same profile : such as cancers of the pancreas, brain, lung, and prostate (the one the guys don’t like to talk about).

Breast Cancer Trials group
The LATER study aims to find the best long-term treatment for women who have had breast cancer in the past. Postmenopausal women who have completed their therapy may be able to help. Volunteers are still needed to take part in the trial. Please telephone 1800 039 634 or visit to join.

Coming Events

Encore program runs Oct. 12 – Nov. 30 at Henley Brae, 1-3pm. Registration is needed.

• Can Assist AGM, October 13, 10am in the lecture room of the old hospital.
• Pink Ribbon Day, October 24.

Look Good…Feel Better Program is on October 25 at Bowral. Registration is needed.

• “Balloons Can Assist” fundraiser is on Nov. 13, 10am-4pm, at Bowral Pool.

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)


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