Tammy our face of hope
Subsidy patience dwindling
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