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The Se­cret Gar­den & Nurs­ery will be mov­ing to a new site in April 2017 (still on the grounds of West­ern Syd­ney Univer­sity at Rich­mond) and this will be the first event held there. It will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case the New Se­cret Gar­den & Nurs­ery to our reg­u­lar vis­i­tors and clients, and to in­tro­duce us to the broader com­mu­nity.

Your as­sis­tance is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and if you re­quire any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact my­self or Mar­i­anne.


To­day, the Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion will re­lease a na­tional re­search poll that re­veals knowl­edge gaps in metastatic breast can­cer re­cur­rence, treat­ment and sur­vival.

20-30% of women who have been di­ag­nosed with early stage breast can­cer will go on to de­velop metastatic breast can­cer. As you know, the sur­vival rate for women with metastatic breast can­cer (ad­vanced, sec­ondary or Stage 4) is alarm­ingly low, with only 1 in 4 women still alive 5 years after di­ag­no­sis.

With only 3% of Aus­tralians aware that breast can­cer can stay dor­mant in the body for more than 10 years, this re­search high­lights the alarm­ing knowl­edge gap that can im­pact the be­hav­iour of Aus­tralian women - im­pact­ing re­cur­rence, treat­ment and sur­vival rates for thou­sands of women across the coun­try.

Some key find­ings from the re­search poll in­clude:

• Only 3% of Aus­tralians re­alise that breast can­cer can stay dor­mant in the body for more than 10 years.

• Only 13% of Aus­tralians are aware that a healthy lifestyle may be ben­e­fi­cial in re­duc­ing the risk of re­lapse

• 59% in­cor­rectly be­liev­ing or do not know whether Stage 4 can be suc­cess­fully treated.

• Aus­tralians are well in­formed about the pri­mary rea­sons for the re­turn of breast can­cer such as can­cer cells spread­ing beyond the breast (63%) and not all can­cer cells be­ing killed dur­ing ini­tial treat­ment (60%)

• The ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians (83%) un­der­stand that breast can­cer can spread beyond the breast and that this stage (called metastatic) is the most deadly (88% In­ter­view op­por­tu­ni­ties:

• Dr Alessan­dra Mun­toni, Di­rec­tor of Re­search In­vest­ment, NBCF

• Lo­cal fe­male case study, avail­able upon re­quest


Days for Girls is a non-profit project run by grass roots teams of women world­wide to pro­vide fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts to girls to al­low them to stay at school all the school year. It has been ini­ti­ated to cre­ate a more dig­ni­fied, free and ed­u­cated world through ac­cess to last­ing fem­i­nine hy­giene so­lu­tions. It sur­vives by do­na­tion and vol­un­teer help.

In Cas­tle Hill a ded­i­cated team of women (and some men) meet on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to sew, over­lock and pack items to go in a pretty cot­ton bag to send to girls in var­i­ous de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Peo­ple out­side of this team con­trib­ute also by do­nat­ing money, fabric, thread, un­der­wear, soap and wash­ers. Each item in­cluded in the bag re­quires sev­eral pro­cesses to com­plete it. Some vol­un­teers are able to sew or over­lock, but many are re­quired to do the cut­ting, fin­ish­ing and pack­ing pro­cesses. Qual­ity con­trol is a vi­tal part of the over­all process to make sure the kit is ro­bust enough to last 2-3 years.

The kits made by Aus­tralian women go to many Pa­cific Is­land and South East Asian de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. Cas­tle Hill team has sent a delivery to Sri Lanka, a large delivery to the Solomon Is­lands and another is on the way to Cam­bo­dia. Ed­u­cated women who are Days for Girls Am­bas­sadors ac­com­pany the kits. Each kit is cal­cu­lated to cost ap­prox­i­mately $15.00 with vol­un­teer help to make and pack them.

The team in Cas­tle Hill would wel­come:

• vol­un­teers to help out at each monthly work­shop,

• vol­un­teers to work at home on the items

• do­na­tions to help pro­vide sup­plies. If you would like to help in any way please con­tact the Cas­tle Hill Team Leader Ch­eryl Lan­don-Jones any time on phone 0433 445 339 or by email on castle­hillnsw@daysfor­

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