More than 170 people packed out Caloundra’s CCSA Hall today, raising $2,800 for the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, hosted by State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and the Rotary Club of Caloundra Pacific.
Mr McArdle said the event allows the community to raise funds for cancer research, but it is an important opportunity for people to support each other and 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. I sincerely thank them,” Mr McArdle said.
“Today we saw how a community can band together for a cause that impacts so many.
“Though raising funds for the Cancer Council is important, it is the many stories we heard at morning tea, both devastating and uplifting that make us much closer as a community.
“We have a better understanding of how funds we raise support people after a cancer diagnosis and learnt where we are heading in terms of cancer treatment and support services on the Sunshine Coast.
“Cancer Council Queensland’s General Manager of Advocacy James Farrell join us this year and spoke of the important work the organisation does to support patients and their families from the time of diagnoses through to remission.
“James also discussed the fact that we now know one in three cancers are preventable. We have much work to do as a society to understanding the role that a healthy lifestyle plays in that prevention.
“Haematologist Dr Joshua Richmond 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 he works.
“Dr Richmond highlighted the positive impact the Centre is having on patients, giving them access to more services locally instead of having to travel to Brisbane.
“Our panel of guest speakers finished with the lovely Olwyn Jacobsen who is a breast cancer survivor and a volunteer at the Cancer Council’s wig and turban library.
“Olwyn shared her humbling journey of receiving two breast cancer diagnoses and emphasised the importance of self-checks and regular screening.
“ 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.’”