Supercharge for Sweet Louise
Co-ordinator in need of a car to help her reach out to those with cancer in need of support
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.