Garage sale for cord blood research
LEUKAEMIA and many blood disorders, stroke, heart disease, Group 1 Diabetes and other auto immune diseases, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and prostate cancer.
All of these conditions have one thing in common: their treatment is the focus of cord blood research.
“Cord blood is saving lives and our Australian doctors are doing ground-breaking research to treat all sorts of conditions,” explained Inner Wheel Dubbo president Meryl Usback.
Inner Wheel Australia has given 38 grants of $60,000 each toward the research and works at a local level to help the organisation raise funds.
Funds have been granted to researchers at Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to assist with cancer therapies and bone marrow transplants, and reduce the risk of infection and disease relapse, as well as aiding cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in babies and research into cerebral palsy.
“We have a national appeal each year called ‘Coin for a Cord’ but this year the Dubbo club is doing something a little different and holding a monster garage sale where 100 per cent of the proceeds will be given to this wonderful cause. We’re very grateful to the community for their support,”
Monster Garage Sale!
Pictured preparing for this Saturday’s big garage sale for cord blood research are, back, Yvette Aubusson-foley, Meryl Usback, Di Mckeowen, Jean Slack-smith, Barbara Norrie, front, Barb Taylor, Melva Blake. PHOTO: WENDY MERRICK
The community is invited to join the ladies from Inner Wheel Dubbo as everything must go.
Stalls will include clothes,
shoes, handbags, scarves, jewellery, plants, books, crockery, toys, tools, cord blood merchandise and miscellaneous items.
The garage sale will be held in
West Dubbo at 54 Grangewood Drive this Saturday, March 10, from 8am.
* Journalist Yvette Aubusson-foley is helping organise this event.
Campaign to subsidise breast cancer drugs
LOCAL breast cancer awareness advocate Donna Falconer is collecting signed letters from the community to petition Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, requesting the Australian Government subsidise two important new breast cancer drugs which currently cost $5000 per month.
“The cost is well out of reach for most Australian families,” Donna said.
The drugs have been tested and shown to extend the length of time before cancer spreads by up to 26 months. Taken as a tablet, they do not cause common cancer treatment side-effects such as hair loss or nausea. Contact Yvette at the Dubbo Photo News office for details.
Mentors needed for Youth Frontiers program
MARATHON Health Dubbo has been subcontracted by Save the Children to implement the Youth Frontiers program in the Far West and Western Region.
Marathon Health Dubbo executive manager of health services Linda Cutler said it was exciting to bring this opportunity to western NSW communities.
“In partnership with Save the Children, we are recruiting local project officers to implement the Youth Frontiers mentoring program and will be working closely with schools to identify those that may benefit from this initiative.”
The program creates opportunities for young people to meaningfully participate in their communities.