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7 December, 2020

The Gilgandra and District Cancer Fundraiser are welcoming great amounts of local support

Gilgandra and District Cancer Fundraisers (GDCF) have recently been the beneficiaries of some local generosity, with a number of donations.

By Telden Nelson

Gilgandra and District Cancer Fundraiser’s Margo Piggott and Wendy Nelson with St Joseph’s School students Eva Bonnington and Millie Spora who along with Brooke Woollams (absent) raised over $900 for the group.

The Gilgandra Men’s Shed made some much-needed shelving for the GDFC’s equipment container. Don Kennaugh and Doug Murray organised the men’s shed team to make and install the shelves. The material was donated by the Gilgandra Multi-Purpose Service and the men’s shed.

Year six St Joseph’s School students Eva Bonnington, Brooke Woollams and Millie Spora held a cake stall as part of their school community project. A great effort from the girls with the proceeds totalling over $900.

The Gilgandra branch of the Commonwealth Bank chose to donate $500 to GDCF.

All the money donated is used to support cancer patients and carers who live in the Gilgandra district.

Bruce James, Jack Parkes, Colin Job and Michael Meyers with their handiwork.

The funds are used to finance the following activities:

Due to the distances from diagnostic and treatment centres in Dubbo, Orange and Sydney, financial assistance is given to all cancer patients to help with travel and accommodation. Ongoing assistance can be given for prescription expenses. An equipment pool is maintained to supply wheelchairs, home aids, portable oxygen cylinders, even a hospital bed for palliative care patients who wish to remain at home.

A special room at the Gilgandra Hospital is maintained by the GDCF. Special equipment, comfortable furniture and a private outdoor area has been updated in the last 12 months.

The Andrew Gillett Scholarship is named after one of the original young men, who has since died from cancer. He was a teacher, and the scholarship is offered to professional and non-professional people who want to train in an area that will benefit cancer patients.

To access funds the cancer patient or carer can contact GDCF members, local doctor or community nurse. All recipients of support from the GDCF are treated confidentially and the people that are helped are only known to those who need to know. Most people in this community know someone who has been touched by cancer, and word of mouth of our services are well-known.

GDFC are in their 25th year of operation and with the support of the community it will continue for another 25 years.

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