Can Assist Hay provides practical and financial support to cancer patients who are living in the Hay Shire.

Now thanks to a donation from greenslips.com.au, patients can keep their cars on the road to get to treatment.

A cancer diagnosis is hard enough, but many people in country areas have to travel long distances to treatment. They also value the privacy and independence of having their own vehicle. It is one less thing they have to worry about.

Read more, Cancer patients benefit from partnership between Can Assist and greenslips.com.au, Riverine Grazier Hay, 26 May 2021.

Media release 17 May 2021: Cancer patients across Hay who rely on their cars to travel to and from treatment will benefit from crucial new funding that Can Assist Hay has received from greenslips.com.au.The partnership between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist, a community-based volunteer network that provides financial and practical support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW, was forged in 2019, with funding provided to help pay for cancer patients’ green slip insurance. To date, greenslips.com.au has supported 26 Can Assist branches across NSW and is committed to supporting more.

Can Assist Hay provides practical and financial support confidentially to cancer patients to cover travel expenses, fuel, accommodation, medical expenses such as PET scans, radiotherapy out-of-pockets and pharmaceuticals. Each year they support around 45 cancer patients.

“Having the funds from greenslips.com.au to pay for CTP green slips is wonderful,” says Marg Booth, Can Assist Hay President/Treasurer. “I’ve had some people say to me, ‘It’s fantastic we don’t have to think about it’. It’s peace of mind. A lot of them are struggling and it means they don’t have to go and find that $500 or the out-of-pocket costs.”

Having a car in Hay is crucial, adds Marg. “People have to travel to treatment, everything has to be done out of town – and that could mean travelling 160km to Griffith for chemo, or 270km to Wagga for radiotherapy. Some even have treatment in Albury, which is around 300km away. It’s a long way,” she says. “In addition, independence is more profound when you’re going through a health crisis. When you lose independence, it doesn’t help your mental health. We need to keep them mobile or they become too isolated.”

Greater awareness and support needed

Can Assist Hay covers the entire Hay Shire, encompassing the Hay township, Maude, Oxley and Booligal. They have even helped people in Ivanhoe, 300km away, and Gunbar, both of which are outside the shire but whose residents provide donations. The charity is funded entirely by local donations, local fundraising events, and corporate support such as greenslips.com.au.

All money raised locally stays local to help local cancer patients across the district. “We support approximately 45 local cancer patients each year, all thanks to our very generous community,” adds Marg.

However, because of the pandemic, fundraising in the shire has taken a hit, says Marg. “One of our main fundraisers is catering at wakes, funerals and events – but since March last year, we’ve only done two funerals, whereas we used to do around 12 to 15”.

In addition to more donations, Can Assist Hay also needs more volunteers. “We need to encourage some younger people to come on board. Just put your hand up! You might only be called upon once a year, but the support is still much needed and appreciated,” says Marg.

Sandra Stevens, Community Liaison Officer, explains: “Can Assist is here to help anyone that has cancer. People do it tough so paying for their green slip will help enormously. It’s lovely to be offering another form of support.”

Stephen Treacey, founder and owner of greenslips.com.au, a comparative CTP insurance site, says: “Paying for something like a green slip is a huge weight off people’s shoulders at a time when they have a lot of financial and personal stress. In our work with Can Assist, we have learnt how vital it is to have a car in rural and regional NSW – particularly for those who need to get to and from treatment. We certainly recognise the benefits of keeping local cancer patients’ cars on the road when they need them most.”

For information about donating to or volunteering with Can Assist Hay, contact 0487 795 330.  For more information on how to support Can Assist, visit www.canassist.org.au.

More about greenslips.com.au and Can Assist.

Can Assist aims

Can Assist aims to ensure that all people, regardless of where they live in NSW, have access to cancer treatment and care. It provides accommodation, financial assistance and practical support to people from rural and regional areas. This ensures country people are given the same opportunities and treatment choices as those who live in city centres.

Can Assist facts

  • Established in 1955, Can Assist provides practical and financial support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW. It is funded entirely by local donations and corporate sponsorships.
  • In 2019, Can Assist responded to over 7,700 requests for assistance from rural and regional cancer patients through 55 branches across NSW.
  • Can Assist is a grass roots, community-based volunteer network. It is local volunteers supporting local families affected by cancer.
  • All the money raised locally stays local.
  • greenslips.com.au, a price comparison and information service for CTP green slip insurance, is a partner of Can Assist. It does not sell CTP green slip insurance.
  • Since 2019, greenslips.com.au has supported Can Assist head office and 26 branches across NSW and commits to providing further support.

For further information:
Lisa Llewellyn
0419 401 362 | lisa@llewcom.com.au

Media release 17 May 2021: Cancer patients across Blayney, NSW, who rely on their cars to travel to and from treatment will benefit from crucial funding that Can Assist Blayney has received from greenslips.com.au.

Second anniversary since relationship was forged

This year marks the second anniversary since the partnership was forged between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist, a community-based volunteer network that provides financial and practical support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW. The first Can Assist branch supported was in Orange, and since 2019 greenslips.com.au has contributed to one new branch every month, amounting to $84,000 across NSW.

“We are proud to help Can Assist in its support of rural and regional cancer patients, to raise awareness of this wonderful charity and their work, and to help cancer patients with their CTP green slip insurance,” says Stephen Treacey, the founder and owner of greenslips.com.au, a comparative CTP insurance site.

“To date, we have contributed to 26 branches across NSW, in addition to Can Assist head office. We estimate we have helped support over 260 cancer patients and their families by paying for CTP green slip insurance, ensuring they keep their cars on the road when they need them most – to get to and from treatment. Some of the distances people in rural and remote NSW have to travel to access cancer treatment are immense, and we hope we ease their cancer journey in more ways than one.”

Can Assist Blayney is funded entirely by local donations, local fundraising events, and corporate support such as greenslips.com.au. It provides practical and financial support confidentially to cancer patients to cover medical and pharmaceutical expenses, utilities, rates, food and fuel. What sets Can Assist apart from other charities – and is what attracted greenslips.com.au to the partnership – is that all money raised stays local to help local cancer patients across the district.

Sue Scott, Secretary of Can Assist Blayney, says having a car in the region is “crucial”. “Patients have to go to Orange or Bathurst for oncology, which is a round trip of almost 80km, and for even more specialised treatment, they need to go to Sydney. Some patients could be travelling daily. We have one patient going daily for three weeks.” Sue says. “Lots of clients live out of town, and without their own car they would be lost.”

Ray Burns, who is the current Can Assist Blayney Vice President and was the inaugural President, says the funds from greenslips.com.au to pay for CTP green slip insurance for local cancer patients will be a “big help”.

“Registration is a huge bill, especially for people who are struggling. Combined with the green slip, it really adds up,” he says. “It will help our patients to have a registered vehicle, which is really important in the bush. This sort of donation can have a big impact on a cancer patient and their family. It means they have one less bill to worry about so they can focus on getting better.”

Greater awareness and support needed

Established in 2008, Can Assist Blayney currently support 16 patients of different ages and at different stages of their cancer journey. Sue says the number of people requesting support has fallen, possibly as a result of people not getting medical tests because of the pandemic. COVID-19 also stopped fundraising activities for over a year. “Unfortunately, fundraising also took a hit because of the pandemic,” she says. “Our income dropped 33 per cent, but our expenses rose $10,000 during that period.”

However, the branch is now back fundraising. One of the team’s main fundraising activities is providing catering for events such as wakes and Melbourne Cup lunches, and holding cake stalls. “We always need money to help support our local cancer patients,” adds Ray. “And all money raised locally stays local to help people across the district.”

“Can Assist Blayney currently has around 30 members, but are looking for more to join the team. If we could gain some younger volunteers, particularly those aged 30 and over, that would be great,” says Ray. “We are all volunteers helping our local community, so if we can share the load, it’s so much better for all.”

For information about donating or volunteering with Can Assist Blayney, contact 0488 606 831. For more information on how to support Can Assist, visit www.canassist.org.au.

More about greenslips.com.au and Can Assist.

Can Assist aims

Can Assist aims to ensure that all people, regardless of where they live in NSW, have access to cancer treatment and care. It provides accommodation, financial assistance and practical support to people from rural and regional areas. This ensures country people are given the same opportunities and treatment choices as those who live in city centres.

Can Assist facts

  • Established in 1955, Can Assist provides practical and financial support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW. It is funded entirely by local donations and corporate sponsorships.
  • In 2019, Can Assist responded to over 7,700 requests for assistance from rural and regional cancer patients through 55 branches across NSW.
  • Can Assist is a grass roots, community-based volunteer network. It is local volunteers supporting local families affected by cancer.
  • All the money raised locally stays local.
  • greenslips.com.au, a price comparison and information service for CTP green slip insurance, is a partner of Can Assist. It does not sell CTP green slip insurance.
  • Since 2019, greenslips.com.au has supported Can Assist head office and 26 branches across NSW and commits to providing further support.

For further information:
Lisa Llewellyn
0419 401 362 | lisa@llewcom.com.au

greenslips.com.au has made a donation to Can Assist Blayney to support local cancer patients to travel for treatment.

The Blayney branch of volunteer support network Can Assist is currently supporting 16 patients in different stages of treatment. Having a registered vehicle is very important to people in Blayney and this support will have a huge impact on them by reducing costs and stress.

Can Assist Blayney provides practical and financial support to local cancer patients.

See Can Assist’s cancer patients in Blayney to benefit from green slip cost support , Central West Daily 18 May 2021

Hardworking volunteers are the backbone of Can Assist says David Graham, Board member. It is a network of people who want to help.

Volunteers don’t let anyone get in their way of helping. They are like a family in the way they get to know each other and the people who are dealing with cancer. There are about 10 Can Assist branches in the Riverina area. As the volunteers get older, they are looking for some younger volunteers to join Can Assist.

One of their major corporate supporters is greenslips.com.au.

If you want to be one of these valuable helpers, look up the local Can Assist branch online and contact them.

Listen to the David Graham radio interview with Ewan Gilbert on ABC Riverina at 2:48:14

greenslips.com.au has made a donation to Can Assist Blayney to help local patients travel for treatment.

The Blayney branch of volunteer support network Can Assist is currently supporting 16 patients in different stages of treatment. Having a registered vehicle is very important to people in Blayney and this support will have a huge impact on them by reducing costs and stress.

Can Assist Blayney provides practical and financial support to local cancer patients.

See Can Assist’s cancer patients in Blayney to benefit from green slip cost support , Blayney Chronicle 18 May 2021

Also see Blayney Chronicle – 20 May 2021.

Thanks to a donation from greenslips.com.au, Can Assist Mudgee can help local patients pay another bill.

Cancer treatment is expensive and patients do not want to have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills. Many of them need their cars to travel for treatment. greenslips.com.au helps them keep their cars on the road just when they need them the most.

Can Assist Mudgee provides practical and financial support to local cancer patients.

See Cancer patients receive much-needed donation, Mudgee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiser 4 May 2021

A partnership between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist Mudgee is helping local cancer patients focus on getting better.

Many people need access to a car to travel to Orange, Dubbo or Sydney for treatment. Thanks to greenslips.com.au, they don’t have to pay for their green slip.

Can Assist Mudgee provides other practical and financial support to cover expenses like fuel, accommodation, groceries, council rates, phone and utility bills. Each year they help around 40 patients of different ages.

Also see Huge bill is no longer a worry, Mudgee Guardian 28 April 2021.

Media release 28 April 2021: Cancer patients across Mudgee who rely on their cars to travel to and from treatment will benefit from crucial new funding that Can Assist Mudgee has received from greenslips.com.au.

The partnership between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist, a community-based volunteer network providing financial and practical support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW, was forged in 2019. It provides funding to help pay for cancer patients’ green slip insurance. To date, greenslips.com.au has supported 26 Can Assist branches across NSW and is committed to supporting more.

Can Assist Mudgee provides practical and financial support confidentially to cancer patients to cover travel expenses, CTP green slips, fuel, accommodation, groceries, council rates, phone and utility bills.

“The funding from greenslips.com.au will certainly help recipients. It’s another bill they don’t need; we all know they’re not cheap and that they come in at the same time as car registration and often other bills. It’s a stress that cancer patients don’t need – and we want them to focus on getting better,” says Bec Callaghan, President of Can Assist Mudgee. “Such donations allow the patient, or their partner, to take time off work because they have our financial assistance. It allows them to concentrate on their health and family needs.”

Bec explains that having a car is “hugely important” for local cancer patients.

“There is a bus service, but to get to somewhere like Sydney is tough – and after treatment, you don’t want to be on public transport when your immunity is low. When you feel so lousy, vulnerable and tired after treatment, you want privacy and discretion and don’t want to talk to other people,” says Bec.

Jan Pirie, Can Assist Mudgee Secretary, who is also a cancer survivor, agrees.

“A lot of patients travel to Orange, Dubbo or Sydney for treatment,” she says. “Having a car and the privacy to travel in your own vehicle is so important. The funding from greenslips.com.au is marvelous – it will be a huge relief and help in ensuring they can keep their cars on the road.”

Greater awareness and support needed

Can Assist Mudgee supports the whole district within the Mid-Western Regional Council, and each year helps around 40 patients of different ages and who are at different stages of their cancer journey. Currently they are helping 15 patients.

“We support all the rural areas within the area, which is a big area. And there are a lot of small villages,” says Jan.

All money raised for Can Assist Mudgee stays in the community, providing support for locals – but more awareness about the charity is needed.

“It’s so important that people know 100% of the funds stay in our local district; it’s not going anywhere else,” explains Jan. “We urge local cancer patients to please ask for our support because that’s what the money is there for. It’s for any cancer patient in need and isn’t means tested.”

Each year, Can Assist Mudgee needs to raise around $30,000 to support all the requests. “We do get other donations but we need a fair bit of money, because the bills of those we help really mounts up. For example, it can cost $600 a month just for the chemist bills,” says Jan, who in 2020 received the Citizen of the Year Award for her work with Can Assist.

Unfortunately, fundraising has been impacted by the pandemic and Bec says that while the community is happy to help, “all local businesses have been impacted – so COVID took us backwards”. “COVID doesn’t stop you getting cancer and cancer doesn’t discriminate,” she adds.

In addition to donations, Can Assist Mudgee also needs more volunteers “desperately”, Jan adds. “If people can help, we welcome them. We need young people full of energy who care about their community.”

Can Assist Mudgee is funded entirely by local donations, local fundraising events, and corporate support such as greenslips.com.au. All money raised locally stays local to help local cancer patients across the district. Its next fundraising event will be the Mudgee CAN Morning Tea, being held at 10am on Saturday May 8 at the Oak Tree Retirement Village. To provide donations or volunteer support, contact Can Assist Mudgee on 0439 994 539.

greenslips.com.au contribution

Stephen Treacey, founder and owner of greenslips.com.au, a comparative CTP insurance site, says: “A cancer diagnosis in rural or remote NSW can bring the additional burden of travelling long distances to treatment, and we recognise the benefits of keeping local cancer patients’ cars on the road when they need them most.

“We also know how people living in the country are affected by a health crisis. We’ve seen the upheaval and disruption caused to people when they need to leave town for medical treatment. It’s great to be able to help at a grassroots level through Can Assist branches, like the one in Mudgee. Our contribution goes directly to the branch to assist cancer patients that are supported by that branch.”

For more information on how to support Can Assist, visit www.canassist.org.au.

More about greenslips.com.au and Can Assist.

Can Assist aims

Can Assist aims to ensure that all people, regardless of where they live in NSW, have access to cancer treatment and care. It provides accommodation, financial assistance and practical support to people from rural and regional areas. This ensures country people are given the same opportunities and treatment choices as those who live in city centres.

Can Assist facts

  • Established in 1955, Can Assist provides practical and financial support to people affected by cancer and living in country NSW. It is funded entirely by local donations and corporate sponsorships.
  • In 2019, Can Assist responded to over 7,700 requests for assistance from rural and regional cancer patients through 55 branches across NSW.
  • Can Assist is a grass roots, community-based volunteer network. It is local volunteers supporting local families affected by cancer.
  • All the money raised locally stays local.
  • greenslips.com.au, a price comparison and information service for CTP green slip insurance, is a partner of Can Assist. It does not sell CTP green slip insurance.
  • Since 2019, greenslips.com.au has supported Can Assist head office and 26 branches across NSW and commits to providing further support.

For further information:
Lisa Llewellyn
0419 401 362 | lisa@llewcom.com.au