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Can Assist Gunnedah has been nominated in Greater Bank’s Greater New England Community Funding Competition. Please vote as often as you can on the Greater Bank voting page here to maximise our chances of winning $5,000 in funding from the bank. Visitors to the Greater Bank website may vote once per day.

On Melbourne Cup Day our local Club Gunnedah hosted a Melbourne Cup Luncheon.  Gunnedah Can Assist was invited to volunteer on the day and assist with the selling of sweeps. Tickets in a raffle, provided by the branch were sold and drawn on the day.  Fashions on the Field were judged by our girls and prizes presented to the winners. A fun time was had by our members whilst raising funds for our Branch!

Gunnedah Can Assist Branch hosted a Cancer Awareness Expo in October which attracted an impressive line-up of speakers and information hubs.  This was designed to help cancer patients and their families negotiate avenues for support and financial assistance. Guest speakers included local Pharmacists, a local GP, a local NSW Ambulance Paramedic, Community Health representatives, Clinical Nurses from the Oncology Unit in Tamworth, Tamworth Massage Therapists and the Cancer Council. Majella Gallagher also attended and spoke on IPTAAS. Other guest speakers included cancer patients who spoke candidly about their cancer journeys. President Kate Knight who introduced the speakers on the night, was thrilled with the outcome of the night and the support we received from the community. 

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.

Gunnedah has received funding through a partnership with www.greenslips.com.au with an aim to assist those in remote NSW who regularly travel long distances to get treatment.

Can Assist Gunnedah president Kate Knight said with some clients having to travel to Sydney or Newcastle to receive the essential care, kilometers really add up.

“Radiation could require 25 trips, there and back,” she said.

“We have such long distances to travel, it’s critical to have a safe, reliable car to get to treatment.”

Can Assist Gunnedah also supports other local towns including Carroll, Mullaley, Boggabri and Curlewis, who may have to travel even further.

The suggestion to make masks and sell them for Dubbo Can Assist seemed innocent enough. Dusty sewing machines were brought out of cupboards, by rusty workers. Cutters, snippers, ironers and sewers all worked tirelessly in a couple of hastily set up work rooms. The Outback Dragon boaters came on board, and the Covid19 decommissioned zoo volunteers hopped in to help. First the elastic ran out, then the black fabric. Who would have envisaged that !!!!!

After three weeks of sewing, extensive orders and much chat and laughter, Can Assist volunteers have passed the baton to others to continue to mask our community and keep us all safe. Many thanks to all who provided assistance, materials and by purchasing the masks.

For us slightly senior volunteers, who have practiced all health safety measures and lockdowns meticulously, this exercise has allowed us to enjoy the camaraderie with our peers. At a time when we were unable to raise funds, in the normal ways, to help our local cancer patients, we have boosted our coffers, by approximately $8,000. In total we created about 1200 masks, and we still have them available at Macquarie Homestay ( the Dubbo Base accommodation facility) and Dubbo Culinary and Homewares.

Gunnedah Branch was thrilled to be able to hold their monthly meeting which wasn’t a Zoom Meeting on 7 September.

It was also our ABM and we were delighted to have all committee positions filled with returning committee members.

Gunnedah Community Information Day has almost 20 service providers on-hand

Local community organisations had a busy day offering support and advice to Gunnedah residents on Saturday.

Seventeen different health and support services were in attendance at the Gunnedah Community Information Day, which was hosted by Gunnedah Shire Council and Hunter New England Health. Gunnedah mayor Jamie Chaffey said the event was a “fantastic opportunity” for people to see some of the services available in town.

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