Cootamundra BRANCH

Murrumbidgee Region

Assisting our community, locally…

ABOUT US

Can Assist Cootamundra was formed in 1984. We have been described as the “silent soldiers of the town”, with many different strengths. We work harmoniously to raise funds to assist cancer patients in our shire. We are supported with donations from the most generous community which recognises the value of our work.

Areas Serviced: Bethungra, Cootamundra, Muttama, Stockinbingal, Wallendbeen

Financial Assistance

We understand that families struggle to cope with a reduced income as a result of a cancer diagnosis and that they face increased expenses from travel, accommodation and medical costs.

Lilier Lodge

Accommodation Assistance

Lilier Lodge was purpose built by Can Assist and the Cancer Council NSW, together with the support of local and regional communities.

Lilier Lodge provides accommodation for people undergoing cancer treatment at nearby facilities including the Riverina Cancer Care Centre, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and Calvary Hospital.

Our Supporters

Our Branch would not exist without our members, volunteers and community supporters. We thank them for their contribution.

Upcoming Events

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL BRANCH MEETING

Cootamundra Can Assist’s Annual Branch Meeting will be held on Monday 15th August after the regular Monthly Branch Meeting which starts at 6:30pm.

Wattle Room
Cootamundra Ex-services Club
Parker Street, Cootamundra

Office Bearers for the next year will be chosen.

All members should be financial at this meeting.
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NOTICE OF ANNUAL BRANCH MEETING
Cootamundra Can Assist’s Annual Branch Meeting will be held on Monday 15th August after the regular Monthly Branch Meeting which starts at 6:30pm.
Wattle Room
Cootamundra Ex-services Club
Parker Street, Cootamundra
Office Bearers for the next year will be chosen. 
All members should be financial at this meeting.

Sorry to tell you that anyone who has not already booked for the Trivia night on Friday but still wishes to go, will now be placed on a waiting list (in the event that there are cancellations). 158 attending so that leaves just 2 spaces, if you are a couple who wishes to attend, phone now and claim the last two spots (if they are still available). ... See MoreSee Less

If you are planning on attending the Music Trivia night on Friday June 17th, please book asap as the numbers are really climbing now. We have great raffle prizes and there will be a lucky door prize as well. Make a night of it and have dinner prior to the start with the lovely Rusty Bistro crew. Hope to see you on Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

Be sure you come and see us at the Horse Show at the Showgrounds tomorrow everyone, it could be cold but put on your winter woollies and have a warm lunch with us at the Girl Guide Markets. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Gill family today – Mum Samantha, Dad Lincoln, Jacky, Tommy, Charlotte, Clare.

One morning in 2017, five year old Tommy Gill from Glen Innes woke up very pale in colour and with notable bruising. After a visit to the doctor, he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle that afternoon and diagnosed with Leukemia.

This was the beginning of a long treatment journey. After an initial 2 week stay at the hospital, Tommy, his two younger siblings and Mum Sam stayed at the nearby not-for-profit accommodation facility for a further 12 months.

Needing to maintain a family income, Tommy’s dad Lincoln stayed in Glen Innes during the week to continue working. Samantha was unable to return to work. Every Friday night, Lincoln would make the 430km, 5.5 hr journey to Newcastle to be with his family over the weekend.

But the story did not end there. After Tommy returned home he developed a lung infection and was flown by emergency back to Newcastle. Tommy spent a further 4 weeks in hospital, half of which was in ICU.

“I couldn’t put a number on what we spent…. then there was the time off work and all the extra travel, we could not have got through it without the help of charities like Can Assist who provided us with multiple petrol vouchers.”

The Gills travelled well in excess of 50,000 km over the course of Tommy’s treatment; around 150 trips in total. Almost all trips were ineligible for IPTAAS government assistance since most were travelled without the patient.

This is where Can Assist becomes an essential service for country NSW cancer patients just like Tommy's family. After all other available support options are utilised, significant gaps remain. We provide support for more than 10,000 calls for assistance a year and rely 100% on donations to provide this service to ensure access to treatment and care.

Please DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL BRANCH TODAY and help support children like Tommy, and his family in your town, on their cancer journey.

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Every donation above $2 is tax deductible and gratefully appreciated.

Tommy had numerous stays in Newcastle hospital to treat his Leukemia.
$35 = 3 hours hospital parking
$75 = 1 tank of petrol
$100 = 2 weeks cancer medication prescriptions
$500 = 3 nights in accommodation near treatment
$1,000 = 6 months of feeding equipment

Can Assist has been supporting country people
WITH CANCER SINCE 1955

By providing accommodation, financial assistance and practical support to people from rural and regional areas, we ensure that country people are given equitable access to cancer treatment comparable to their metropolitan neighbours.
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Accommodation Services

Lilier Lodge
Located in Wagga Wagga, Lilier Lodge provides relaxing and homely accommodation for people undergoing cancer treatment to nearby facilities. They understand the specific needs of cancer patients and their carers.

CONTACT US

Cootamundra

PO Box 655
Cootamundra, NSW 2590
Phone: 0413 937 943
Email: cootamundra@canassist.org.au

Areas Serviced: Bethungra, Cootamundra, Muttama, Stockinbingal, Wallendbeen