Macquarie Home Stay’s whopping $33,000 donation from Can Assist
AN estimated 134,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.
That’s 134,000 people that cancer will directly traumatise in just one year, plus the hundreds of thousands of family members, friends, careers and health professionals that will also be affected as part of the cancer chain reaction.
Everyone knows that cancer is not fair, but what a lot of people don’t realise is that the occurrence of all cancers is generally higher for people in regional areas, as opposed to metropolitan regions.
You would think, therefore, that cancer treatment centres would be more concentrated in rural areas, where they are needed most. Shockingly, there are 94 per cent fewer oncologists in the rural healthcare workforce, compared to major cities.
People living with cancer in rural and remote areas have poorer survival rates than those living in major cities. The further away from a major city that patients with cancer live, the more likely they are to die within five years of diagnosis. One of the leading factors of lower survival rates for people with cancer in rural areas is the lesser availability and quality of diagnostic and treatment from Can Assist present their $33,000 cheque to Stay’srod Crowfoot (far left). PHOTO: DONNA FALCONER
This is where organisations like Can Assist step in and become a valuable part of a rural cancer patient’s journey. Can Assist is committed to ensuring that all people in NSW, particularly the Western District, have access to cancer treatment and care.
For most cancer patients, their diagnosis causes significant physical and emotional distress, loss of income and substantial expense. Most rural people with cancer need to travel to major centres in order to access treatment, which adds further financial and personal burden on themselves and their families.
Can Assist provides support for expenses such as accommodation, power, gas, rent and pharmacy accounts to ensure that people from rural and regional NSW are given increasingly similar opportunities and choices for their treatment as people in metropolitan regions.
Can Assist was proud to present Macquarie Home Stay a cheque for $33,000 on Thursday, March 22, which will be used to build the ‘Dubbo and District Can Assist Room’. Macquarie Home Stay is a planned accommodation facility, to be located near the Dubbo hospital, that will provide the security of a home
away from home when patients and their families need to come to Dubbo to seek medical treatment.
Established by a group of community members who saw the need for low-cost but not low-quality accommodation, Macquarie Home Stay will ensure that the cost of accommodation is not an extra burden when seeking medical treatment.
Macquarie Home Stay hopes to have 14 rooms ready for use by September this year.
Can Assist would like to thank the Dubbo and surrounding communities for their continued support, including donations, fundraising and volunteering.
If you would like to get involved with Can Assist and support their amazing contributions to the Dubbo region, you’re invited to go along to the Dubbo Autumn Gardens. This event will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 9.30am to 4pm. The $25 contribution to visit all gardens will go straight to Can Assist, to be put towards great causes in our community, such as Macquarie Home Stay.
There will be quality stalls at all gardens, with lunch, tea and coffee available as well. ABC radio gardening expert Reg Kidd will be in attendance to give talks and gardening advice. See you there!
Representatives Macquarie Home