allocated funding to Can Assist Mudgee. The funding has been allocated to help pay for local cancer patients’ CTP green slip insurance, which covers costs like medical treatment and lost income for people injured in a road accident. Can Assist Mudgee President, Bec Callaghan said, “The funding from 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.”

Can Cruise event welcomes $12,500 in donations for Can Assist in March. The 13th annual fundraising event, that was held at the Mudgee Racecourse on March 20 by Cudgegong Cruisers, welcomed 250 people who spent their Saturday checking out 155-odd vehicles of varying. All funds raised from Can Cruise were donated to the Can Assist Mudgee and Districts Branch.

Taree Freemansons Shop 44 Assistant Manager Jan Stevens recently presented a cheque for $5,000 to Can Assist Manning Valley.

Shop 44 is an initiative of District 44 Masonic Charities Incorporated which is supported by Freemasons in the Laurieton, Wingham, Gloucester, Forster and Taree areas and is located in the ground floor of the Taree Masonic Centre, Albert Street. This donation is in keeping with the charter of the District 44 Charities which limits all donations to the above areas.

Inaugural ‘Cause 4 Cancer’ event was held in May raising money for Lilier Lodge in Wagga and Can Assist Leeton. It has been hailed a roaring success after raising $5,900 for Leeton’s Can Assist branch and Wagga’s Lilier Lodge. In the month of May alone, Lilier Lodge has been at 86% occupancy with 14 adults from Leeton staying at the facility. There have been a further 131 reservations, evidently the service that Lilier Lodge provides is not going unnoticed to those in need in the community. President of Can Assist Leeton, Mary Dodd, said that all of the money raised by the community would go back to the community. “Our Can Assist services are not means tested so our services are truly accessible to anyone who needs them”.

Lamb auction by Breed and Hutchinson Stock and Station agents raised $16,000 for Leeton Can Assist in June. Tim Hutchinson from Breed and Hutchinson previously told The Irrigator that the funds will be used to provided financial assistance to those undergoing treatment for breast cancer, which is primarily based in Wagga. Mr Hutchinson said it was a truly fantastic day and hoped the event would continue to grow like it has been in recent years.

The Over 60’s bowls team at Leeton District Bowling Club have donated $1000 to the Leeton Can Assist branch

At a special match on June 2, Leonie Pullen and Judy McLane from Can Assist were presented with the cheque by Secretary and Treasurer, Kevin Hansen which members of the bowls team had all contributed to from their team kitty over the past year.

Oaktree Retirement Village recently hosted a Gunnedah Can Assist morning tea celebrating the invaluable work of our branch whilst raising funds for us. The spread of home-baked delicacies was one to behold and there was entertainment by the local group the Gunnedah Uke-Alypts who performed some timeless classics. A raffle and lucky door prizes were also part of the day. The day was a huge success with just over $1200 being raised from the morning.

Record numbers turn out for Griffith Coffee and Cars event. About 500 people attended the Expatriates Auto Club event where more than 115 “stunning machines” were on display.  The event raised about $2,500 for Griffith Can Assist, and organiser Sharon Brown said it was the most successful Coffee and Cars fundraiser ever held in Griffith.

In April, Michael and Cate Jorgensen cycled to raise money and to raise cancer awareness in the Tour de Cure. The tour gave back to the communities on their route which included a donation of $10,000 to Can Assist Glenn Innes. Their contribution added to the record $2.6 million raised by the whole tour. Both thanked the entire Inverell community for the support shown to them on their mission.

Cold and windy weather couldn’t stop the Forbes rugby community from showing up and digging deep in a show of support for one of their own – long-serving volunteer and committee member, former President Tracey Prior in May.

Tracey, on hand to draw the winning tickets in the day’s fundraiser raffle, said she really appreciated everyone’s support. She had nominated Forbes Can Assist to benefit from any funds raised on the day. Individuals and the Forbes Rugby Old Boys made cash donations. The club also ordered special socks for the players, and not only the Forbes club members but also Dubbo Roos were happy to purchase them to wear on the day, all up raising an incredible $10k for Can Assist.