Hol­i­day pro­gram gives can­cer pa­tients a break

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

CAN­CER pa­tients and their fam­i­lies who are in des­per­ate need of a short break can en­joy a cosy get­away this spring by tak­ing ad­van­tage of a Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria Hol­i­day Break.

The Hol­i­day Break Pro­gram pro­vides Vic­to­ri­ans with can­cer a one-off short get­away, with ac­com­mo­da­tion at no cost, by match­ing hol­i­day home own­ers with fam­i­lies af­fected by the dis­ease.

Can­cer Coun­cil nurse man­ager Kather­ine Lane said the pro­gram pro­vides peo­ple with a much needed hol­i­day that would nor­mally be out of reach.

“Go­ing through a can­cer ex­pe­ri­ence is a time when some­one can need a break more than ever, but it’s also a time that can be ex­pen­sive and stress­ful so peo­ple are less likely to be able to af­ford a hol­i­day or be in a po­si­tion to or­gan­ise one,” Ms Lane said.

“The Hol­i­day Break pro­gram means peo­ple with can­cer can share qual­ity time with loved ones away from the hec­tic sched­ule of med­i­cal ap­point­ments and can­cer treat­ment, and with ac­com­mo­da­tion at no cost.”

Ms Lane said winter can be a dif­fi­cult time and en­cour­aged el­i­gi­ble fam­i­lies to con­sider a get­away to some­where here in Vic­to­ria head­ing into spring time.

“Spring is the per­fect time to shake off winter and take some time to re­lax and recharge. Whether you’re af­ter a cosy spot in front of a fire­place or a dog-friendly back yard, we’ll work with you to help you find the right spot for your break. ”

Last year, Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria pro­vided 114 can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies with a short hol­i­day break.

Ms Lane thanked the ev­ery­day Vic­to­ri­ans who gen­er­ously do­nate their hol­i­day homes for the Hol­i­day Break pro­gram, and en­cour­aged any­one able to con­sider do­nat­ing time at theirs for oth­ers in need of a break.

“Prop­erty own­ers can pro­vide their homes for any length of time, and at any time of the year. Their gen­eros­ity can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated – this pro­gram would not ex­ist with­out them.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Hol­i­day Break Pro­gram, or to en­quire about do­nat­ing your hol­i­day home, please call Can­cer In­for­ma­tion and Sup­port on 13 11 20.

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