- 11 December 2018
- Local Media
Being closer to the community it serves was a key discussion point as Cancer Council ACT’s new office in Deakin was officially opened this afternoon (Tuesday 11th December) by Patron, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove.
A coffee meeting in June last year saw the opportunity for Cancer Council ACT to work with the John James Foundation to refit an unused building in a central location, allowing the Council to be more able to support people in the region who are affected by cancer.
Cancer Council ACT Chief Executive, Sandra Turner, said the move wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the John James Foundation, and more recently, Barwon Investment Group, who purchased the campus in May of this year.
“We have had incredible support from John James Foundation and more recently, Barwon Investment Group as our new landlord, to ensure a smooth transition from Fairbairn to Deakin,” Ms Turner said.
“The willingness of local suppliers to assist with the fit-out has also been significant and we can’t thank those involved enough,” she said.
“Although a smaller footprint, the office is more conveniently located for people wishing to access our services including wig service, to access information about cancer and attend specific meetings with our team.
“It’s also much more convenient for our many volunteers and supporters who assist us throughout the year,” said Ms Turner.
The move to Deakin allows for Cancer Council to engage more closely with the community they serve and provide a greater level of support to the Canberra region.
Cancer Council works within the local community, providing patient information and support services, prevention education programs, advocacy, research funding and other relevant cancer services.
Most of the support and services Cancer Council ACT provides is possible because of the generosity of the ACT community, supporting our community activities, through event participation, regular donations and bequests. Iconic events such as Relay For Life, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day continue to provide us with funds to achieve our planned outcomes.