06 September 2013
Smiles will be painted on the faces of Cancer Council Lodge guests today, thanks to the generous support of the Dulux Accredited Program.
The company is donating almost $40,000 worth of material and labour to repaint rooms at Cancer Council Lodge – Greenhill on Greenhill Road, Eastwood.
The Adelaide Members of the Dulux Accredited Program and Dulux State Manager Simon Bachli were looking to get involved in a joint project to support the local community.
Dulux Accredited National Account Manager, Craig Blinco, says the company was happy to “give back to the community.”
“It feels good to give something back. The benefit is the feeling of making a difference to organisations or people that are experiencing tough times or hardship,” Mr Blinco says.
“We are delighted to be involved in this project and hope that our contribution can make a difference to the guests at Cancer Council Lodge.
“We hope that by being involved in this project we can create places and spaces that are nicer environments for the people to convalesce in whilst undergoing their cancer treatments.”
Cancer Council Lodge Manager, Alok Kumar, says the renovation will have a positive impact on Lodge guests, who often stay for up to six weeks at a time while undergoing treatment.
“We know that people with cancer experience a range of practical, psychological and emotional challenges,” Mr Kumar says.
“That is why our accommodation service is so important.
“Our Lodges are a home away from home for regional South Australians having to travel to Adelaide for treatment and follow up care.
“So anything we can do to make the environment more enjoyable during their stay is significant.
“As well as accommodation, Cancer Council Lodge provides guests with access to free transport to some cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay,” Mr Kumar says.
Last year, Cancer Council Lodge provided more than 33,000 room nights of accommodation to guests from across the state.
Dulux Accredited painter Craig Lallard has coordinated the project with other Dulux Accredited painters, including local painting contractor and Cancer Council SA Ambassador Stephen White.
“I want to make sure people are talking about cancer and the work of Cancer Council SA, especially people in my industry,” Mr White, a prostate cancer survivor, says.
“I think it’s important for Lodge guests to come in to a bright, freshly painted modern room, and when you’re dealing with cancer, it’s all these little things that help.”
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, says Cancer Council Lodge provides subsidised accommodation for people facing the upheaval of leaving their community to travel to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
“With one in two of us facing a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime, everyone will either be directly affected by cancer or indeed, lose a family member or friend to the disease,” Professor Wilson says.
“Therefore, unfortunately, the need for these important and highly valued facilities such as Cancer Council Lodge will remain.
“The faculties need ongoing upkeep to ensure they continue to meet the needs of our guests from regional areas, especially when for so many, it becomes a home away from home during a time of extreme stress,” Professor Wilson added.
“For this reason, we would like to offer our thanks to Mr Bachli and the Dulux Accredited Painters and Staff, who are generously donating time and materials to ensure this happens.”
Rooms at Cancer Council Lodge - Greenhill will be painted on Friday 6 September by 28 Dulux Accredited Painters and 10 Dulux group staff who are generously donating their time to complete this project.
Dulux Group businesses, including Selleys and the network of trade stores, have donated all of the accessories required to complete the project.