More than 150 people packed out Caloundra’s CCSA Hall today, raising $2,500 for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, hosted by State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific.
Now in its fifth year, Mr McArdle said that the annual event is not only a great way for the community to help raise funds for cancer research, but it is an important opportunity for people to support each other and to learn about the future of cancer care in our region.
“The success of this year’s Morning Tea is in no small part due to the support of the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific coming on board again for which I sincerely thank them. We saw how a community can band together for a cause that impacts so many,” Mr McArdle said.
“This event aims to raise funds for the Cancer Council but through the many stories we heard at morning tea, both devastating and uplifting we became that much closer as a community.
“We learned how the funds we raised support people after a cancer diagnosis and we learnt where we are heading in terms of cancer treatment and support services here on the Sunshine Coast.
“Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan joined us again this year and spoke of the ‘Atlas of Cancer in Australia’ which is a fascinating collaborative project the organisation has been working on for the past 18 months.”
Ms McMillan said, ‘This vital piece of research will map national patterns of cancer incidence, survival and screening practices and will facilitate improved resource allocation and diagnosis and treatment practices in the future.
“It will contribute to looking at how we can address disparities and importance cancer rates in certain regions.”
Radiation Oncologist Dr Nicole Buddle spoke to the crowd about the significant growth in services available to patients on the Sunshine Coast since the opening of the Adem Crosby Centre at SCUH, where she works.
“We are celebrating one year of radiotherapy treatment at the Adem Crosby Centre and in our first year we have delivered 800 treatment courses -that’s over 12 000 treatment sessions.
“Previously there was no public radiation oncology department on the Sunshine Coast. Local patients are now able to be treated close to home.”
“Our panel of guests speakers finished with the lovely Christine Jones OAM, who has been a local ambassador for the Cancer Council since the Maroochydore office first opened in 1995, and she is a cancer survivor of 25 years,” Mr McArdle said.
“Christine shared her humbling journey after she was first diagnosed and how she has spent the subsequent years advocating that kindness and humour should be forefront is everyone’s life.
“ I want to thank everyone who helps make this event such a success every year – everyone at Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific, the whole team at the CCSA Hall for putting on the delicious morning tea, Shari and Lisa from my office and everyone in the community who came out to ‘gather, share, give.’”
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