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  • Cancer Council Roadshow travels to Port Augusta

    17 June 2013

    Cancer Council SA is on the road to Port Augusta on Monday 17 June to thank the community for their support, connect with local health professionals and talk with the community about our services or ways to simply get involved.

    The Port Augusta community has made a significant contribution in the fight to beat cancer through involvement as volunteers, Ambassadors and fundraisers for Cancer Council SA.

    Regional South Australians are some of our most generous supporters, with Port Augusta raising more than $13,000 for last year’s Daffodil Day, a combined total of over $14,000 in the past two Relay For Life events, and already over $3,600 for this year’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

    The Cancer Council Roadshow team will be on Commercial Road, outside Target, in Port Augusta on Monday 17 June, from 11.00am-5.00pm, with a cancer nurse available at various times throughout the day with information about cancer and our support services.

    Cancer Council SA nurse counsellors speak with more than 1,000 regional callers each year who seek information and support through Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20. In the past 12 months, 56 calls were made to the Cancer Council Helpline from Port Augusta and the surrounding area.

    As part of the Roadshow, cancer nurses will also 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 and support for the local community when it is required.

    A special event on Monday evening at Port Augusta Golf Club will provide the opportunity for Cancer Council SA to personally thank many supporters from throughout the region.

    Cancer Council SA wants to remind the community of Port Augusta that they have access to a range of free support services, provided by qualified professionals to help people affected by cancer. They are easily accessed by calling Cancer Council 13 11 20.

    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 provide access to free transport to some cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay. In the last 12 months we provided 614 room nights of accommodation to guests from Port Augusta.

    Our Roadshow team will speak to the community about how their involvement is helping to beat cancer and how every one of us can do something to reduce our own cancer risk.

    “A cancer diagnosis presents many challenges for people living in regional areas, as well as impacting their carers, family and friends,” says Troy Flower, General Manager, Business Development Unit at Cancer Council SA.“

    There are more than 9,300 South Australians diagnosed with cancer each year, and it is essential that we raise awareness and inform people throughout the state about how they can reduce their cancer risk.

    “It is also important that people are aware of the many support services that we have available for anyone who is affected by cancer.

    “We appreciate the continued support that Cancer Council SA receives from regional areas including Port Augusta, through a variety of fundraising and volunteer commitments.

    “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.

    “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 Commercial Road, Port Augusta outside Target between 11.00am – 5.00pm, on Monday 17 June.

    The evening event will be held at Port Augusta Golf Club on Hamilton Road, Port Augusta, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Everyone 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.

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