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  • Cancer Council Roadshow travels to Mount Gambier

    14 February 2017

    Cancer Council Roadshow travels to Mount Gambier

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

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

    As part of the Roadshow on Monday 20 February and Tuesday 21 February, Cancer Council SA’s SunSmart team will deliver SunSmart presentations including information about the Department of Education and Child Development’s (DECD) guidelines for schools and early childhood centres.

    As a feature of its trip, Cancer Council SA would also like to invite the local community to a special information and appreciation evening on Monday evening from 5.30pm at the Main Corner.

    Guests will join Cancer Council staff (including Chief Executive Lincoln Size) 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 Mount Gambier.

    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 9,700 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 Mount Gambier, 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 Mount Gambier that they have access to a range of free support services, provided by qualified professionals to help people affected by cancer.

    Cancer Council SA nurses 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, 258 calls were made to the information and support service from people in the South East.

    Our accommodation service, Cancer Council Lodge, is an important service for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.

    Cancer Council Lodge offers 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, 8,306 room nights of accommodation was provided to guests from the Limestone Coast region.

    The special information session will be held on Monday 20 February at the Main Corner from 5.30pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by Tuesday 14 February 2017 to rsvp@cancersa.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

    Overview of Cancer Council SA’s activities in Mount Gambier on Monday 20 February and Tuesday 21 February

    • Meetings with key sporting bodies regarding SunSmart best practice
    • Meetings with health professionals regarding support services and resources
    • SunSmart and Quit Smoking presentations for workplaces, schools and childcare centres
    • Special Cancer Council SA information and appreciation evening for the community – all welcome
      • Monday 20 February, 5:30-7:00pm, Main Corner, Mount Gambier
    • Information session on Department of Education and Child Development’s (DECD) guidelines for schools and early childhood centres
      • Tuesday 21 February, 4.30pm – 5.30pm, Mount Gambier Children’s Centre, Mulga Street, Mount Gambier
    • Meetings with medical centres and primary health care staff regarding cancer services

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