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.
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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.’’
Les Carr, a committed supporter of Can Assist, has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List — this is the highest honor a firefighter can receive. Fire Commissioner Paul Baxter congratulated Captain Carr for playing an integral part in protecting his local community and surrounding areas. “During the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires, Captain Carr provided critical leadership to his firefighters in extremely difficult conditions.”
“He is committed to protecting both the mental wellbeing and physical safety of his crew at all times.”
The Blayney branch received a $3,000 donation from greenslips.com.au. “Can Assist Blayney secretary Sue Scott explains, “Patients have to go to Orange or Bathurst for oncology which is a round trip of almost 80 kilometers, for more specialised treatment they need to go to Sydney.“ The donation will have a monumental impact, reducing costs and stress for the 16 patients Blayney supports.
In April twenty-four people swam for 24 hours at Bega Memorial Swimming Pool to raise money for Bega Valley Can Assist. The initial goal set out by the swimmers was to raise $2,400, with each swimmer’s goal being to raise $100. In the end they far exceeded that number and were able to raise $7,000 with the help of the community and local businesses.
“Everyone just came out of the woodwork and it was a real community thing. Rosie from Baker’s Delight came down with cheese and bacon rolls and free food… everyone made dips, cheese and bickies and just sat down and had a cuppa tea.”
“There was 24 of us there, we all got our photos, everyone was setting up their beds for the night, people just bought in their swags and camped out all over the pool grounds which was so good.”
A couple of people from Can Assist were also present during the 24 hour marathon. They assisted with keeping spirits high and writing out receipts. “All together we swam 161km which was 4828 laps,” said Ms Philipzen.
Commonwealth Bank Merimbula branch employees have donated $500 to Bega Valley Can Assist as part of a nationwide community donation program.
Commonwealth Bank’s Merimbula branch team voted to support the great work of Bega Valley Can Assist.
“Many communities across Australia face ongoing challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s important for us to give back to local organisations who continue to do good work within our community. We are pleased to support Bega Valley Can Assist,” Jodie Heaton, Commonwealth Bank Merimbula Branch Manager said.
“In particular, the way in which they support local cancer patients with the high costs of travel and accommodation outside the valley to receive their treatment, so it’s great to be able to support them in this great work.”
The annual Country Cruise & Shine fundraiser raised $19,000 for Can Assist Bathurst. More than 190 cars traveled from Bathurst’s Rockabilly Cafe to The Foundations in Portland in April to honor the late Ash James, who lost his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2018 at the age of 37.
Country Cruisin’ organiser Mel James, Ash’s sister, said the event showcased a vast variety of vehicles and proved to be a successful day all around.
“I think Ash would be very proud of everything we have achieved so far.”
Bathurst Can Assist recently hosted a high tea at the scenic Abercrombie House, with all money raised through ticket sales going towards helping cancer patients.
“We set the fee of the ticket price only for the high tea,” Can Assist Bathurst President Gen Croaker said.
“We’ve had no fundraising other than that to let people know we’re not trying to get every cent out of them, it’s to give a little bit back.”
Great visit from Emma Phillips, Can Assist’s Executive Director to the Branch in March. Emma’s visit was a huge booster after the events of COVD 2020. Full of inspiration and encouragement, her visit gave us all time to ask questions and reflect on the past year. Thank you Emma, for taking the time to travel so far.
In December Young Bowling Club Saturday’s Jackpot play had three games of pairs. After play a presentation of just over $400 was made to Gail Hanigan from the Young branch of Can Assist from the Wrong Bias.