The Cancer Council NSW had a big day locally on Friday, August 22 when stalls were set up at Pambula, Merimbula and Tura Beach for Daffodil Day, the annual fundraiser for cancer research.
This year the Cancer Council has produced a document called Vision for Change, a wishlist of five of the most pressing matters that the next state government needs to address to help beat cancer.
Top of the list locally is the removal of chemotherapy co-payments, a cost that isn’t charged at at all hospitals in NSW.
Local cancer survivor, SueEllen Yates and Jennifer Morzina, of the Cancer Council NSW, Bega office have requested a meeting, due to take place in September, with state Treasurer and member for Bega Andrew Constance to discuss the matter.
The wishlist also includes access to more palliative care, more co-ordinated care for cancer patients so that information is shared and appointments better co-ordinated and a greater involvement of the Aboriginal workforce in cancer services, so that the health care system is more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people. The Cancer Council also wants the government to reduce the availability of tobacco to help support people who are trying to quit, and encourage young people to live smoke free.
The organisation’s Vision for Change clearly resonated with the public who provided great support on Daffodil Day purchasing merchandise and fresh daffodils in support of the Cancer Council’s work and cancer research.
Fresh daffodils proved very popular, so much so that both Tura Beach and Merimbula stalls had to send out for more bunches.
By 11.30am, at the Tura Beach stall, there was little left and volunteer John Reynolds said that the daffodils had gone quickly. He said that the stall had taken about $800 in the three hours it had been operating.
At the Merimbula stall, volunteer Bev Edwards was absolutely delighted with the response from the public. “We’re just had the best morning and had to order more daffodils from Pambula,” she said at midday. Ms Edwards said that the public had been very responsive.
Pambula too had been busy and volunteer Wilma Donovan said that all items had been popular during a “busy morning”.
Pambula Public School ran its traditional Daffodil Day fundraiser with plenty of green and yellow iced cupcakes for sale. Bears and balls also proved popular with the students.