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Another sell out high tea event has raised $7500 for Deniliquin Can Assist.

The tally from the April 16 fundraiser at The Crossing Cafe was confirmed late last week.

Branch president Kellie Crossley said the community response was overwhelming, with tickets for the event selling out in 45 minutes.

She said 128 guests enjoyed a high tea of sweet and savoury treats.

Contributing to the fundraising tally was the auction of a table sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, which would ensure each table guest would receive champagne, party favours and a beautifully dressed table with flowers. This was won by Alexandra Macdonald.

A mini raffle was another highlight of the day, with numerous items generously donated by local businesses and community members.

Can Assist Deniliquin raised $13,000 over two days Ferret racing at the annual Deniliquin Ute Muster!

Whiteys ferret racing team provided the ferrets and race.

Local stock agents volunteered their time to race call and auction each race.  Six races each day – Friday and Saturday.

Funds were raised through sponsorship for each race, auction and raffle.

The weekend was a huge success due to the wonderful support of the Ute Muster, the Ute Muster patrons, sponsors, volunteers and Whiteys Ferret Racing Team.

Lee Kernaghan also a supporter of the local branch which was the icing on the cake with our President Kellie Crossley and Patient Liaison person Bianca Armytage meeting with him personally.

Huge thanks to the wonderful volunteers for the weekend,

What an absolutely incredible result from George Bull, Anna Suckling and the team at Deniliquin North Public School, from their Under the Stars Movie Night on Friday.
George was the young man behind the idea as he wanted to raise some funds for Can Assist Deniliquin.
Not only was it a fun night out for everyone, but they managed to raise $6,105.10!
Well done and thank you George, maybe we’ll have to enlist you as our next fundraising coordinator!


Kellie Crossley, President, and Bianca Armytage the Patient Liaison Officer, from Deniliquin Can Assist sharing some important information on Can Assist support.

Key points to remember are:

  • assistance is not means tested
  • anyone in rural and regional NSW who has received cancer treatment within the last twelve months is eligible
  • we do not discriminate in who we help
  • we cannot approach people and ask them if they need assistance
  • it’s confidential

Deniliquin’s ‘Golden Oldies’ has generously donated $640 to the Deniliquin Can Assist branch. The Golden Oldies group was started 35 years ago who would get together to enjoy a meal, but has recently disbanded due to a lack of volunteers. Branch President Kellie Crossley said the donation would go directly to someone in our community suffering from cancer, most likely to help with travel and pharmacy expenses.

Deniliquin Can Assist supporter and former Treasurer Paul O’Donnell was formally recognised in March for the role he played in establishing the group in Deniliquin. Fellow founding members Kellie Crossley and Bianca Armytage nominated Paul for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards. While he did not win, Paul was still presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and congratulated for his work. Mrs. Armytage said ‘without his commitment and dedication in helping us establish the branch we wouldn’t have achieved what we have and we would not have been able to help so many people in our community affected by cancer.’’

Commonwealth Bank Forbes branch employees have donated $500 to Can Assist Forbes branch as part of a nationwide community donation program.

Commonwealth Bank’s Forbes branch team voted to support the great work of Can Assist Forbes.

“After a challenging start to the year with devastating bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to give back to local organisations who do good work in our community. We are pleased to support Can Assist Forbes, ” Commonwealth Bank Forbes Branch Manager Sarah Todd said.

“In particular, the work Can Assist do to support the people of our local community with cancer is so incredible so it’s great to be able to support them in this great work,” Ms Todd said.

Bianca Armytage and Kellie Crossley were presented with 2020 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll certificates by NSW Member Murray Helen Dalton in Deniliquin on Wednesday. They are among 104 rural women in NSW on the latest honour roll, and more than 900 since the roll started.

Mrs Armytage was recognised for her role as a founding member and patient liaison officer with Deniliquin CanAssist, and her work in the health industry before that.

‘‘Bianca and another friend kick started the Deniliquin CanAssist branch in 2017 which provides financial assistance to community members with cancer.

‘‘Bianca has provided support to every patient that comes to CanAssist. Every week she follows up with existing patients, contacts new patients (often in her work lunch break) and liaises with relevant health professionals and support services. Bianca’s empathy and listening skills are exceptional and she does her utmost to ensure CanAssist can help in any way to help make a person’s cancer journey that little bit easier.’’

Mrs Crossley is a fellow founding member and president of Deniliquin Can Assist and has also been recognised for her roles in broader health action groups and on farming industry groups, all while working full time, running a farm with her husband Andrew and raising a family.




Deniliquin Can Assist has not been alone in having to think differently about fundraising over the past few months. The key annual fundraiser, ‘Christmas in July’, had to be cancelled due to restrictions on gatherings and the committee have spent many a Zoom meeting coming up with alternatives. Through a partnership with a local business, Deniliquin Bakery, the Deniliquin branch ran a pie drive that raised over $1,550. Ordering could be done online and volunteers ensured that pick up was COVID-safe. The local TOMRA Return and Earn continues to provide support with locals who recycle their containers able to donate their refund to Deniliquin Can Assist. From April to August this has resulted in not only $241.20 being donated but also an impressive 2,412 containers being recycled.

IMAGE CAPTION: Ava showing how easy it is to recycle containers through TOMRA Return and Earn. Photographer Alanna Raper

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