Thanking the community
Todd Harper chief executive officer, Cancer Council Victoria
On behalf of Cancer Council Victoria, I would like to sincerely thank the community of Shepparton for supporting the recent Greater Shepparton Relay For Life.
One hundred and twentytwo people took part in the relay on October 21 and 22 in 12 teams, walking overnight to show hope lives in Shepparton for those experiencing cancer.
During the relay, there was laughter, tears and, no doubt, a few sore feet.
But the strength shown by local community members was a public display of support for anyone in Shepparton with a cancer experience.
So far, more than $21 000 has been raised by Shepparton relayers, which will help fund Cancer Council Victoria’s support, prevention and research programs.
The money raised at Shepparton Relay For Life will help Cancer Council Victoria continue to provide programs including:
● Funding some of Victoria’s brightest researchers and their cutting-edge projects each year to help detect, treat and beat cancer.
● Important prevention programs like cancer screening, Quit and SunSmart to make sure people have all the information they need to cut their risk of cancer. A particular focus this year is on improving bowel screening rates, with the latest statistic showing that only 41.5 per cent of eligible people in City of Greater Shepparton complete the free at-home screening test.
We recommend bowel screening every two years between the ages of 50 and 74.
● Support services, including a pro bono legal assistance service, to help those affected by cancer who may be struggling with issues such as wills, early access to superannuation, debt matters, or returning to work.
● Our information and support line, Cancer Council 131 120, where qualified cancer nurses give people information and support.
● Our Living with Cancer Education Program, which provides information for people experiencing cancer, is facilitated by trained health professionals.
There is a Living With Cancer Education Program happening in Albury on Tuesday, November 7.
Thank you again to everyone who relayed and helped continue the fight against cancer.