Su­per­charge for Sweet Louise

Co-or­di­na­tor in need of a car to help her reach out to those with can­cer in need of sup­port

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

Sweet Louise sup­port co­or­di­na­tor Geral­dine Carswell needs a car.

Thanks to Z Energy, she has a chance of get­ting one. For the last 41⁄ years, the regis

2 tered nurse has cov­ered an area that stretches from Taranaki in the west across to Wairoa, clock­ing up to 8000 kilo­me­tres a year in her own car to sup­port women who have sec­ondary breast can­cer.

There is no cure for this metatas­tic can­cer, which means that de­spite treat­ment (which may in­clude a mas­tec­tomy) the can­cer spreads to other parts of the body. It af­fects some 15 per cent of those who are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

The Sweet Louise Foun­da­tion was named for, and inspired by, Louise Perkins in 2005.

Di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer at age 27, Louise was de­ter­mined not to let can­cer de­fine her life; with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and com­ple­men­tary and clin­i­cal treat­ment, she sur­vived the sec­ondary stage for 10 years.

‘‘She said that ev­ery woman should have a lit­tle black dress and take a sweet juicy bite out of life,’’ Geral­dine says of Louise who is now the em­blem of the or­gan­i­sa­tion she pro­vided the im­pe­tus for.

‘‘It’s unique in the world. The goal of Sweet Louise is to help women like Louise to live well, and to help cre­ate and pro­vide their fam­ily mem­bers with lovely mem­o­ries.

‘‘This is not just a job; it is a priv­i­lege to be able to sup­port and to work along­side these women and their fam­i­lies,’’ Geral­dine says.

‘‘It is a priv­i­lege to be able to sup­port ... these women ...’’

Each of the 75 women in her ex­tended re­gion an­nu­ally re­ceives vouch­ers to the value of $500 for a wide range of prac­ti­cal and ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices to en­hance their well­be­ing.

Sweet Louise re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing; they rely on con­tri­bu­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion re­cently re­ceived $900 from the Z Energy Good in the Hood pro­mo­tion, but here is where the op­por­tu­nity to get a car comes in; Geral­dine’s patch was the only lo­cally based re­gional char­ity cho­sen by the na­tional fuel sup­plier for ‘‘su­per­charg­ing’’’.

Four­teen groups from around the coun­try have been se­lected for a su­per­charged share of $250,000 af­ter in-store vot­ing for Good in the Hood dur­ing May.

Now it’s up to cus­tomers to tell Z how the fund­ing should be al­lo­cated be­tween the 14 groups, who could re­ceive any­thing from $1000 to $100,000. The fi­nal de­ci­sion on shar­ing the $250,000 will be made on July 20 so there’s still time for Z cus­tomers to help the lo­cal branch of Sweet Louise fi­nance a ve­hi­cle.

Palmer­ston North Z sta­tions are on Fer­gu­son St, Pi­o­neer High­way and Ran­gi­tikei Line.


Nurse Geral­dine Carswell works with the Sweet Louise Foun­da­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing women with sec­ondary or metastatic breast can­cer to live pos­i­tively.

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