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  • Cancer Council Roadshow travels to Port Augusta

    17 October 2016

    Cancer Council SA is on the road to Port Augusta during October, thanking the community for their support, visiting local schools, providing resources to local health professionals and talking with the community about our services.

    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.

    A feature of the visit (from Tuesday 18 October) will be to host an information session for the local community on Thursday 20 October.

    As part of the Roadshow, Cancer Council SA’s Prevention team will deliver presentations on bowel cancer and cancer risks in Port Augusta on Tuesday 18 October.

    SunSmart presentations will also be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 19 October at workplaces, and schools and early childhood centres in Port Augusta, and also at Whyalla and Port Pirie.

    Cancer Council SA’s team will be present at the 2016 Port Augusta Positive Ageing Expo on Thursday 20 October with information about cancer and the support services available.

    As a feature of its trip, Cancer Council SA would also like to invite the local community to a special information session on the Thursday evening from 5.30pm at Central Oval.

    Guests will join Cancer Council staff and other local supporters to hear about what’s happening in the cancer fight, the impact the community’s support is making and allow us to say a personal thank you as we celebrate the great support received from Port Augusta.

    Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that the Roadshow team will speak to the community about how their involvement is helping to beat cancer and how everyone can do something to reduce their cancer risk.

    “A cancer diagnosis presents many challenges for people living in regional areas, as well as impacting their family and friends,” Mr Size said.

    “There are more than 9,400 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.

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

    “Our Roadshow team is looking forward to meeting people of all ages and responding to questions people may have about cancer or how Cancer Council SA can help.”

    Cancer Council SA would also like 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.

    Cancer Council SA nurse counsellors speak with more than 1,000 regional callers each year who seek information and support through Cancer Council 13 11 20. In the past 12 months, almost 50 calls were made to the information and support service from Port Augusta and the surrounding area.

    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 cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay. In the last 12 months, 1,158 room nights of accommodation was provided to guests from Port Augusta.

    The special information session will be held on Thursday 20 October at Central Oval from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by Monday 17 October 2016 to rsvp@cancersa.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

    Overview of Cancer Council SA’s activities in Port Augusta from Tuesday 18 October
    • Bowel cancer presentation
    • Cutting cancer risks presentation
    • SunSmart presentations for workplaces, schools and childcare centres
    • School visits from Cancer Council SA’s Community Engagement Team
    • Presence at the 2016 Port Augusta Positive Ageing Expo – everyone welcome
    • Special Cancer Council SA information session for the community – everyone welcome

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