Coleambally’s junior cricketers donned pink shirts and the Lake Cargelligo players pink hats for the Pink Stumps Day match on Sunday.


Coleambally’s last Milliken Shield game for the year was a very special Pink Stumps Day.

A big thanks to Lake Cargelligo for joining in the fun. 

They were great opposition and lovely people all round. 

Playing at home against a very spirited Lake Cargelligo team, Coleambally bowled with tight lines and lengths to have Lake reeling at 7/52. 

Some late order resistance saw Lake Cargelligo make 117. 

In reply, Coly formed plenty of strong partnerships throughout the innings and overall played their best game to date and came home for the win. 

The real meaning of the day was supporting the McGrath Foundation and Coleambally Can Assist. 

Close to $6000 was raised, with plenty of love and support shown for the Rowan family. 

Lundy (the team manager) has continued in her ever efficient role whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

Thanks to all sponsors of the day. 


Feb 21, 2024 

Riverine Herald 

Pictured, Wendy Bedford, Sandy Drysdale and Hellen Beer


The group reported bike numbers were up 50 per cent from the 2023 event, with perfect conditions and weather for a ride from the Farmers Arms Hotel Tocumwal to Finley, Berrigan, Barooga and back to Tocumwal.

“It was perfect weather, and great company with lots of helpers,” reports CanAssist treasurer Lorraine Blain.

“There was a great team of volunteers cooking bacon and egg rolls which were thoroughly enjoyed by our community and Kruze participants, plus a crew on the registration and raffle table.”

There was a prize awarded for best bike and best sponsor who raised the most money for their efforts, and a raffle of lucky numbers.

The generous raffle winners of $200 and $50 respectively both donated their winnings back to the cause.

A profit of $5363 was made from the event after prizes and expenses to go directly to those touched by cancer in Tocumwal and surrounds.

Tocumwal CanAssist spends a lot of money each year on patient support, so this fundraiser made a massive contribution to its annual fundraising total.

The group extends thanks to the many fundraisers who contributed financially to the cause, and the many local businesses who sponsored the event.

“All of the money raised stays in Tocumwal,” explained health liaison Helen Beer.


Feb 14, 2024

Cobram Courier

Pictured – Penny Taylor and Yvonne McIntosh, Forbes Handicraft Centre, with Helen Westwood and Maureen Field from Forbes Can Assist 


Forbes Handicraft Centre has distributed its proceeds to community groups. 

Can Assist Forbes, Angel Flight, Lachlan Legacy, Family History Group, Forbes Eisteddfod and Havannah House are all beneficiaries of the funds raised through the Lachlan Street shopfront. 

It’s something this unique local business does twice a year, president Deidre Quirk says.

February 8 2024


From left to right – Majella Gallagher (Can Assist), Dr Peter Baade (Atlas), Senator Wendy Askew, Emma Phillips (Can Assist), Dr Kerrie Mengersen (Atlas).

It was a privilege to provide feedback from our Can Assist Community at the end in January alongside representatives from Australia Cancer Atlas to the Federal Government Senate Committee Inquiry into – Equitable access to diagnosis and treatment for individuals with rare and less common cancers.

See Can Assist’s opening speech here

Can Assist – Opening Speech

To read more about the Inquiry see here

Eliza Fraser is a mature student at Narrandera High School who has been an outstanding representative for the community. In 2023, she was a vice-captain at the school and led fundraising efforts for Can Assist Narrandera. Eliza is a community-minded person who has volunteered her time to support many local events. She is an approachable and gregarious person who is a team player and an inclusive leader. Her positive attitude and caring nature have resulted in her being highly respected by students, staff, and community members.

Narrandera Garden Club has been nominated for the Organisation of the Year Award.

The Narrandera Garden Club, established in 1978, has been running for 45 years and has held its 40th Town and Country Open Garden Day in 2023. The event, which is a major fundraiser for Can Assist Narrandera, showcases six beautiful local gardens and donates over $10,000 annually. The club also hosts propagating days and holds monthly meetings at various gardens for social interaction and sharing gardening knowledge. The club’s Treasurer and Camellia Show Coordinator, Denise Di Salvia, is dedicated to the success of the event. The club also holds Friendship Day, where members from surrounding clubs come together for lunch and a guest speaker. The club’s membership spans a vast age group, ensuring that gardening knowledge and enthusiasm are passed on to new members.

The official Wagga Wagga 2024 Australia Day Award finalists have been announced and will be presented at Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre.

Can Assist long time member an honorary life member Bill Lane is nominated for the Citizen of the year Award.

Bill has been described as a selfless and dedicated individual who goes beyond volunteering his time for several successful community causes. As a survivor of prostate cancer, Bill gives his time to the Wagga Wagga Prostate Cancer Support Group and is at the forefront of awareness campaigns at annual events. Bill was recognised as a “Life Member” of Can Assist for his fundraising activities over the past 6 years. Bill was also presented with a “Paul Harris Fellowship” by the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga for embodying their motto of “Service above Self” and being the “Face of Fundraising” in the local community. Bill is proactive in promoting raffles at various points across the city, organising and participating in barbecues at events, and bottle collection. From these three activities, Bill has successfully raised $100,000.

Despite the Covid pandemic, Bill’s fundraising activities, plus donations during the last 6 years have allowed Can Assist Wagga Wagga to distribute over half a million dollars to support over 400 people through their cancer treatment.