CANCER patient transport is a priority in the Gloucester community.
A partnership between Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group and Cancer Council NSW ensures that transport
disadvantaged community members are able to access transport to treatment that is affordable and flexible.
This partnership has been in place since 2007 and in that time Cancer Council NSW has provided approximately $40,000 to Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group to assist in transporting cancer patients to treatment.
Within the last year alone this service has provided Gloucester community members with 89 trips to cancer treatment or appointments at Taree, Newcastle, Port Macquarie or Forster.
As Cancer Council NSW is almost entirely funded by the community through fundraising events and donations, the upcoming Gloucester Relay for Life to be held on the weekend September 14 and 15 contributes to the funding of this service and their support services, prevention and advocacy initiatives and research.
“We are proud to partner with Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group to contribute to providing this service for the Gloucester community,” Cancer Council NSW community programs coordinator Adele Hayne said.
“Being diagnosed with cancer can be extremely traumatic and not having to worry about not being able to access transport to treatment is a relief.”
To be eligible to use this service, cancer patients must live within the Gloucester community and must be assessed as being transport disadvantaged.
“Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group is very fortunate to partner with Cancer Council NSW in assisting people in the community with transport to their cancer treatment,” Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group’s transport coordinator Rachel Zimmerman said.
“This wonderful service allows people to attend their treatment without worrying about how they will get there.
“The transports are provided to individuals by a great team of volunteers who provide countless hours of support and kindness.”
For more information on this service contact Rachel Zimmerman on 6558 2454.
For any information about cancer or other support services available contact the Cancer Council NSW helpline on 131 120.
- THE ‘Barrington Street Babes’ are holding a fundraising garage sale this Saturday, August 24 at 22 McIntyre St from 8am to 1pm.
All teams entered in the Gloucester Relay for Life are invited to attend a meeting at the Soldiers Club at 6pm tonight.