Tammy our face of hope

Sub­sidy pa­tience dwin­dling

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

MOSS­MAN’S Tammy Peliz­zari has been named Can­cer Coun­cil’s Far North Queens­land Face of Hope in cel­e­bra­tion of Daf­fodil Day on Au­gust 24.

Ms Peliz­zari joins a se­lect group of the Can­cer Coun­cil’s most in­spir­ing vol­un­teers across the state help­ing to “grow hope” for the many lives af­fected by can­cer.

As the Can­cer Coun­cil’s Face of Hope, Ms Peliz­zari is urg­ing all lo­cals to come to­gether in cel­e­bra­tion of this iconic fundraiser and give hope to all Queens­lan­ders af­fected by can­cer.

“This Daf­fodil Day, I hope for a can­cer­free fu­ture,” Ms Peliz­zari said.

“Four­teen years ago, I lost my friend to stomach can­cer, just 26 days af­ter he was di­ag­nosed - I was dev­as­tated.

“At the time there was no sup­port in this area for can­cer pa­tients and I knew I had to change this.

“Soon af­ter, I helped set up Can­cer Coun­cil’s Moss­man Port Dou­glas vol­un­teer branch and a lo­cal can­cer sup­port group to help ed­u­cate and sup­port oth­ers in my community af­fected by can­cer.

“Daf­fodil Day is about mak­ing peo­ple smile, about re­mind­ing my community that we are here to help.

“I also sell daf­fodils on Daf­fodil Day be­cause I hope for a can­cer-free fu­ture and I know that with ev­ery daf­fodil we sell, we move closer to that break­through.”

Ms Peliz­zari and her fel­low Daf­fodil Day vol­un­teers hope to sell 780,000 fresh daf­fodils this year and raise more than $1.9 mil­lion across the state.

Peo­ple want­ing to sup­port this wor­thy cause can buy their fresh daf­fodils on Au­gust 23 and 24, in Moss­man, at the front of Wool­worths, Anich’s Phar­macy and the Moss­man Newsagency and in Port Dou­glas peo­ple can buy their fresh daf­fodils in the front of IGA but only on Fri­day, Au­gust 24.

To vol­un­teer for Daf­fodil Day or to or­der your own daf­fodils and mer­chan­dise to sell on be­half of Can­cer Coun­cil, visit daf­fodil­day.com.au or call 1300 656 585.

“I would love for a cure to be found in my life­time,” Ms Peliz­zari said.

Monies raised from Daf­fodil Day will also go to­ward the run­ning and up­keep of the Mar­i­lyn Mayo Lodge, in Cairns, where fam­ily can stay while vis­it­ing rel­a­tives re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for can­cer. PINK In The Trop­ics co­founder Deb­o­rah Kachel has called on the State Gov­ern­ment to make good on its prom­ise to dou­ble the Pa­tient Travel Sub­sidy Scheme. The State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced five pledges it will work to­wards in the next six months and in one of those pledges has promised to dou­ble the PTSS, but is yet to com­mit fund­ing.

The PTSS cur­rently pro­vides pa­tients trav­el­ling from re­mote ar­eas $30 per night for ac­com­mo­da­tion and 30c per litre on fuel.

A spokesman from the Min­is­ter for Health Lawrence Spring­borg’s of­fice said the pledge is de­pen­dent on an up­com­ing state bud­get in Septem­ber.

“That was a com­mit­ment prior to the elec­tion and it would be won­der­ful to make an im­me­di­ate leap in that di­rec­tion,” he said.

“Com­mit­ments have to be sub­mit­ted to the bud­getary process and three an­nual bud­gets will be work­ing to­wards that, it’s a very im­por­tant is­sue for us and we’re pur­su­ing it.”

Ms Kachel said all or­gan­i­sa­tions who work with pa­tients have been fight­ing for an in­crease, which she said is long over­due.

“It would be wel­come by pa­tients and their fam­i­lies be­cause it’s ex­pen­sive pay­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion when hav­ing treat­ment and would take a lot of pres­sure and stress away,” she said.

“This is a good first step in recog­nis­ing a lot of peo­ple are find­ing it re­ally dif­fi­cult to ac­cess treat­ments be­cause they can’t fi­nan­cially af­ford to pay for ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel and this would pro­vide a huge re­lief.” For more in­for­ma­tion on Pink in the Trop­ics visit www. pink­inthetrop­ics.org


Face of Hope: Tammy Peliz­zari

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