Locals raise thousands for cancer research

By David Rak

The Seymour volunteer group of Cancer Council Victoria held its annual general meeting recently.

Deputy leader Jan McCarthy welcomed members and other guests, which included the community engagement manager of Cancer Council Victoria Cara Davey and co-ordinator Nicole Angelou.

Cara Davey spoke to the group about the increase in survival rates for cancer patients thanks to the progress in research and new treatments.

She said 240 people in Mitchell Shire were diagnosed with cancer every year and residents had accessed the Cancer Helpline on 131 120 and used the free Cancer Council Victoria wig service. These services and others are provided free to cancer patients as a result of fundraising efforts.

Group leader Robyn Chivers’ report was presented by Jan McCarthy on the group’s activities in 2019 and she thanked everyone for their involvement and support during the year.

The volunteer group celebrated 35 years in May 2019 with a special anniversary dinner.

Treasurer Deb Carroll presented the financial report and outlined the successful fundraising for cancer research, education and support services.

The group supported major events such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and Pink Ribbon Day.

A total of $12 000 was sent to Cancer Council Victoria for cancer research and services, thanks to the generosity of our district community.

Memorial Research Awards were donated in memory of Darren Ridley, Ian Warren, Kerry Hogan, Irene Spagnolo and Peter Cox last year.

The office bearers elected for 2020 are group leader Jan McCarthy, deputy leader Marnie Sloane, secretary Carol Smith and treasurer Deb Carroll.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the volunteer group is welcome to attend its next meeting on March 11 at the Dialysis and Cancer Services Unit of Seymour Health at 7 pm.

More information is available from the secretary by phoning 5799 1970.

By group secretary Carol Smith.