Carers Week: Volunteers support the cancer patients

Enthusiastic: Drivers transport patients to the Cancer Care Centre for their treatment and carers provide refreshments and friendly support at the centre.

Enthusiastic: Drivers transport patients to the Cancer Care Centre for their treatment and carers provide refreshments and friendly support at the centre.

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The Illawarra Cancer Carers have been working in non-medical ways with cancer patients for 26 years and are very proud of the fact that they are all volunteers.

“Although we have no paid personnel, we do have volunteer coordinators responsible for the smooth running of each area of our organisation,” Audrey Walsh, secretary of Illawarra Cancer Carers said.

“All our money goes to Illawarra cancer patients either in the form of assistance or to help purchase equipment for the better treatment of cancer patients.

"All the money goes to Illawarra cancer patients" - Audrey, Illawarra Cancer Carers

“In the Oncology ward we give patients foot and/or hand massages,” Audrey said.

“Our Lymphoedema Clinic also offers massages by trained therapists.

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“Many survivors are grateful to hire one of our mobility scooters for a very low rental.”

To raise funds, a Sewing Group meets fortnightly to make items to sell at numerous market stalls and the sub-committee organises an annual major raffle and fundraiser "Banquet at the Beach".

“The Mother’s Day / Christmas Gift Wrapping at major shopping centres is a very popular event for members,” Audrey said.

“Our carers often meet together for lunches and also have the opportunity to travel to various interesting venues in our bus.

“All of our many carers are happy to work for and with patients.

“For this reason, we do not focus on any particular carer and we respect the privacy of all patients.”

To find out more, contact Ian on 4271 5989 or Audrey on 4229 8872 or visit their website at www.illawarracancercarers.org.au for more information.

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