FWLHD to launch new Cancer Network to support local patients

A Broken Hill and District Community Cancer Network (BHDCCN) is being launched next week to support local patients receiving cancer treatments.

The network will be hosted by the Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) and operate under the aegis of the NSW Cancer Council. The Network Committee will include representatives from Broken Hill City Council, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Far West Medicare Local and Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation.

“The goal of the Network is to improve services and health outcomes for people affected by cancer, their carers and the community of Broken Hill and District,” said Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, Innovation (Rural) & Palliative Care, Far West LHD.

“The Network’s first project is to raise $20,000 in the first year (and then annually) to provide assistance to financially disadvantaged patients within the Far West LHD who are receiving cancer treatment. The NSW Cancer Council supports a number of Cancer Networks throughout the state with similar goals,” said Ms Cumming.

The BHDCCN will be officially launched to the public by Mayor Wincen Cuy on Thursday, 15 May at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in Argent Street, starting at 6.30pm. The MC for the evening will be Andrew Schmidt.

The inaugural fundraising activity for the new Network will be an auction of donated works by local artists at the launch. Clifford Wren will be the auctioneer and artworks will be catalogued and can be viewed on the day of the auction.

Interested members of the public are invited to attend the launch and auction and RSVPs are encouraged for catering purposes. Please send RSVP to Melissa Cumming on 8080 1452 by Monday, May 12, 2014.

The BHDCCN will also on Friday, May 16 be hosting a volunteer information and sign up session at the Centre for Community from 10am to 11.30am. Community members who may wish to sign up to assist with any fundraising activities for the Network are invited to come along.

Justin Cantelo from the Cancer Council NSW will speak about the volunteering process for the network and BHDCCN committee members will be on hand to talk about the Network and answer any questions. People interested in hearing more about volunteering for the network are welcome to attend. No RSVP is required.

All funds raised for the network remain locally.

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