A Message from Cancer Council ACT CEO, Sandra Turner

Sandra Turner 01Spring greetings to everyone! It’s lovely to have some warmer days and some sunshine to brighten what has been a few very dark months for all. Although we are in a relatively good position here in the ACT with respect to COVID-19, it is important to remember that things can change quickly, so I encourage everyone to continue to follow our Government guidelines for social distancing, hand washing, etc. This way we can ensure the ongoing wellbeing of all, and especially for those affected by cancer and other chronic diseases in our community who are most at risk.

As our President mentions, we are all back in the office and have been slowly returning to face to face meetings as well as keeping some activities online. Thanks to my Board for their support throughout what has been a rollercoaster year for all.

The pandemic has certainly brought out the initiative in all and our organisation is no different. As you will read in the newsletter, we continue to support the community, albeit at times in different ways, including running our 13 11 20 Information and Support line, provision of cancer-related information booklets, Wig Service and prevention education and messaging. With the summer fast approaching and UV levels well over three from August, the regular reminder to be SunSmart is again timely this month as we do get outdoors more to enjoy the freedom we have been somewhat denied recently.

The pandemic has had an effect on all and importantly, it has been noted across Australia that people have been avoiding or delaying regular screening programs. This includes breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening. I implore all of you in the screening age groups for these cancers, to follow up on your invitations to screen and make sure you remain up to date. Remember, see your doctor if you notice any change in your body that concerns you even if it’s between regular checks. Early detection allows for better treatment and greater chance of cure for all three cancer groups. I like to lead by example and I’m up to date with my screening checks. Are you?

I’d like to reflect the words of our President and thank all of our community for their ongoing support of Cancer Council ACT in recent months. With your support by way of participating in, or contributing to, our fundraising events and campaigns, donating regularly, volunteering or providing pro bono services to the organisations programs, we have been able to continue to plan ahead and provide ongoing support and cancer education across the ACT. Thank you all.

Our recent successful Daffodil Day campaign rose from the COVID-19 ashes and we were able to almost literally paint Canberra yellow. Fresh daffodils were available to brighten everyone’s days when we originally thought we would not see a yellow symbol of Hope across Canberra and it’s the incredible work of my fundraising team, supported by so many local community individuals and businesses that saw the campaign come to fruition. Special thanks to Canberra FM for being our delivery vehicle this year when we couldn’t utilise our dedicated army of volunteers. It’s this type of support that allows us to continue to dedicate funds each year to local cancer research here in the ACT. You can read more about this year’s funding further in the newsletter.

To all, keep safe and well and from all the team; thank you.

Last updated October 2020.

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