Vol­un­teer for Pink Rib­bon

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Te Awa­mutu RSA con­ferred Life Mem­ber­ship on two longserv­ing mem­bers — Martin Frew, Ser­vice Mem­ber, and Alis­tair Kerr, Re­turned Mem­ber-Mer­chant Navy.

Both men have con­trib­uted to the RSA in dif­fer­ent man­ners.

Over his 15 years of mem­ber­ship, Martin has served two terms on the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, has been a mem­ber of the Fish­ing Sec­tion for eight years and is cur­rently its pres­i­dent.

Martin has made many prac­ti­cal con­tri­bu­tions to the club, not the least of which is pro­vid­ing his paint­ing skill and ex­pe­ri­ence at lit­tle or no cost.

He has been in­volved in such ac­tiv­i­ties as the Can­Teen Fundrais­ing Auc­tion and an an­nual Ba­tons Up event and con­tin­ues to make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion at a quiet, but al­ways ef­fec­tive, man­ner.

Alis­tair has been a club mem­ber for 18 years.

He has served three terms on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

In 2008, he saw a need for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and estab­lished TARSA, the quar­terly news­let­ter.

Within that he in­cluded ac­counts of in­ter­views with Re­turned Mem­ber Vet­er­ans, with the aim of ed­u­cat­ing the younger mem­bers in the core val­ues of the Royal New Zealand Re­turned and Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion.

He has done al­most 80 ac­counts, with more to come.

Alis­tair is cur­rently work­ing on a brief his­tory of the club’s first 100 years, to be pub­lished next year — the cen­ten­nial year.

He writes a quar­terly col­umn in the RNZRSA’s mag­a­zine Re­view called RSA With A View and still con­trib­utes to TARSA and is as­sis­tant ed­i­tor.

Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion New Zealand is seek­ing vol­un­teers to help with its Pink Rib­bon Street Ap­peal on Fri­day and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12 and 13.

“Team up for the ones you love” is the plea — vol­un­teers might choose to sign up for a two-hour stint on the street, or rope in friends, work­mates or a com­mu­nity group to cover sev­eral hours.

Vol­un­teers will raise money at more than 1000 col­lec­tion points, cov­er­ing New Zealand from top to bot­tom.

Their ef­forts will fund re­search into new treat­ments, sup­port Ki­wis go­ing through breast can­cer, and life­sav­ing aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

“The Pink Rib­bon Street Ap­peal funds a large chunk of our work, so there’s a di­rect link be­tween the time peo­ple give on the street and our abil­ity to fund re­search, sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes,” says Evan­gelia Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

“If you can help, please get in touch with us now.”

The num­ber of Ki­wis di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer is still go­ing up — it’s now more than 3300 women and 25 men a year — but sur­vival is im­prov­ing, thanks to ear­lier de­tec­tion and im­proved treat­ments.

How­ever, BCFNZ’s longterm vi­sion is “Zero deaths from breast can­cer”. Get­ting there will mean push­ing for new fron­tiers in early de­tec­tion, treat­ment and pa­tient sup­port.

“We can’t just carry on as we are, when so many women are still dy­ing,” said Evan­gelia.

“The fu­ture of suc­cess­ful can­cer treat­ment lies in per­son­alised treat­ment tar­geted to each in­di­vid­ual pa­tient, and we’re de­ter­mined to help our health sys­tem get there.

“This means not only ad­dress­ing gaps in the cur­rent sys­tem through our grants for med­i­cal equip­ment, train­ing of doc­tors and so on, but also mak­ing sure that we get new treat­ments faster, and that we look at new par­a­digms for pa­tient sup­port.

“We’re also fund­ing our best re­searchers to move into lead­ing-edge stud­ies, such as bring­ing a ther­a­peu­tic vac­cine to clin­i­cal trial stage.”

The an­nual Pink Rib­bon Street Ap­peal funds a large chunk of the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion’s work, and is the most vis­i­ble of its events in Oc­to­ber, which is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

To vol­un­teer for the Pink Rib­bon Street Ap­peal, visit www.pinkrib­bon­vol­un­teer.co.nz or phone 0508 105 105.

Martin Frew and Alis­tair Kerr are pre­sented with Life Mem­ber­ships by Te Awa­mutu RSA pres­i­dent Lou Brown.

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