EVERYONE in the community is touched by cancer in one way or another and a local group known as Can Assist is making a difference to local patients undergoing treatment.
Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members Chris Pullman and Linda Lee are also Can Assist volunteers and they were happy to share information about the organisation and its fundraising programs at last week’s dinner meeting.
The branch is one of 52 across NSW whose volunteers support local families affected by cancer and all funds raised stay in the local area.
Cancer patients can apply for assistance with accommodation and travel expenses, medical, food vouchers, utility bills, vehicle maintenance and home care. All assistance is provided with total confidentiality, only the “patient assist” member knows who is being helped.
Fundraising is ongoing with the bi-annual Halloween Ball, movie nights, raffles, barbecue at Harvey Norman sales, the seafood raffle at GSBC, the gate at Gunnedah Rugby Park, and much more, all helping to raise money.
Members of the community can assist with fundraising by attending the upcoming Can Assist Masquerade Ball, at Gunnedah Town Hall, on Saturday, September 1. Tickets costing $45 can be purchased at Beyond Bank or Gunnedah Meals on Wheels office.
The local branch of Can Assist has 20 members and they are on the lookout for more volunteers. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, but the most assistance is required for fund-raising activities. Anyone needing support from Can Assist can phone 0455 135 973 or email GunnedahCanAssist@outlook.com
Three Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club members enjoyed a wonderful and informative day at the recent Tamworth N1 zone/gala day, where journalist Fiona Ferguson was the interesting guest speaker. The gala day was also attended by VIEW national vice-president, Annette Schlafrig, who urged clubs to begin a discussion about resolutions to be voted on at National Convention on the Sunshine Coast next year.
Next month the owners of Willow & Fli will host “Own It”, a little night of celebration, talking about each person’s own style and what makes them special. Members are also looking forward to the day out at Little Kickerbell on September 9. The October meeting will include a colour therapy presentation by Jill Sampson.
VIEW president Margaret Stevens presented a badge and membership pack to new member Lyn Norman.
The next dinner meeting will be held at GSBC on Wednesday, September 5, at 6.30pm for 7pm. Apologies and names of guests must be with Kate Knight on 6742 3926 by the Monday night prior.