As the Tamworth Times says, green slips put a “fair dent in the wallet”. That is why the new partnership between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist Tamworth is so valuable.

The expenses of cancer treatment can be “astronomical”. They are even more so considering all the extra travelling patients in rural areas must do. Cancer patients in Tamworth will certainly benefit from having their greenslips paid for. It is one less thing to worry about.

See Slip Support, Tamworth Times – 28 July 2021

Kristy Reading of ABC New England radio interviews Can Assist Tamworth secretary Pam Whitney. Pam welcomes new funding for Can Assist Tamworth from greenslips.com.au.

greenslips.com.au will pay for greenslips from the CTP insurers of their choice.

Can Assist Tamworth help local cancer patients pay their bills. It also offers other services for local cancer patients, and all services are voluntary.

To listen, fast forward to around 1hr 14mins for the clip: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newengland/programs/breakfast/breakfast/13445704

The new partnership between greenslips.com.au and Can Assist Tamworth will be welcomed by local cancer patients.

The cost of cancer treatment can be so expensive. Patients in Tamworth often have to travel long distances to receive treatment. It will make a big difference to them to have greenslips.com.au pay for their greenslips. With the help of Can Assist, they can focus on getting better.

Read more here:

Can Assist and greenslips.com.au partner to cover costs of green slips for some Tamworth cancer patients | The Northern Daily Leader, 21 July 2021

Northern Daily Leader – Tamworth 21 July 2021

Media release
12 July 2021

Cancer patients residing within the Hunter New England Health Region and who rely on their cars to travel to and from treatment will benefit from new funding that Can Assist Tamworth 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 28 Can Assist branches across NSW and is committed to supporting more.

How Can Assist Tamworth helps

Can Assist Tamworth provides support confidentially to cancer patients by paying for some of life’s essentials, such as car expenses, travel, accommodation, medication, household goods, and utility payments – among other expenses. And paying for CTP green slips is a common request.

Robyn Fitzgerald, Community Liaison Officer, says the funds from greenslips.com.au are an enormous help, because Can Assist often pays for patients’ green slips and car registration. “Without a car, they cannot get to treatment,” she says.

Adds Pam Whitney, Secretary of Can Assist Tamworth: “The injection of funds is timely, as last year all fundraising activities stopped because of the pandemic. For those undergoing treatment, things often happen at short notice, and expenses like CTP green slip insurance and car rego can surprise people.”

Pam, a cancer survivor herself, says that having a car is “absolutely vital, as public transport is limited”.

“You can’t live here without a car. If you live on the outskirts of town, there’s no way of getting around,” she says. “And it’s tough for those who live in towns like Manilla, Barraba or Bingara, which are 40km, 100km and 150km out of town respectively. We support people from those towns in particular, as they may have to travel to Tamworth on a daily basis.”

On average, Can Assist Tamworth supports more than 50 local cancer patients of different ages and who are at different stages of their cancer journey. In 2020 they helped 32 new cases, with the reduction in requests being attributed to COVID-19 concerns.

Crucial safety net

Oncology Social Worker Doug Weekes from the North West Cancer Centre at Tamworth Hospital, who has worked with Can Assist for over two years, calls Can Assist “our safety net for people who don’t have enough financial stability to go through cancer, of which there are many”.

Doug provides direction on where the Can Assist funds go. “It’s for patients who are struggling financially, or need support getting back on their feet, or who need money for things like groceries, pharmacy bills or green slips. Can Assist even paid for a hot water system for someone who was dying of cancer and wanted to stay in their own home.

“Over-the-counter pharmacy bills not covered by a Centrelink healthcare card can add up significantly. We see people who might struggle between choosing to put food on the table or travelling to see family – and for some, it might be the last time they can see family.”

Can Assist Tamworth 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. “I just wish more people knew about us, especially cancer patients who need us the most,” says Robyn. “We don’t discriminate and we help with every type of cancer and with whatever they need.”

And while the branch has restarted fundraising activities, it has a desperate need for donations and volunteers. “We need new members and particularly young members,” adds Pam.

For more information on how to support Can Assist, visit www.canassist.org.au or call Can Assist Tamworth directly on 0459 424 448.

About Can Assist

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

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

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