Cancer Council NT eNews - March 2017
1 March 2017
Welcome to our first e-News for 2017. This edition is packed with introductions to our new employees. It is so rewarding to have new people with passion and commitment to take on these challenging roles. I would also like to acknowledge and celebrate the long-standing commitment of our Life Members, Fran Wickes, Romola Sebastian-Pillai and Marilyn Harvey. Additionally, Marg Lavery, our Support Services Manager has just commenced her 9th year and I am celebrating commencement of my 5th year with CCNT. Along with the many long-term supporters both individuals and businesses, Cancer Council NT continues the tradition of providing care and support for Territorians impacted by cancer.
Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time to reflect and commit to making some positive changes in our lives. For many Territorians these changes are going to be forced upon them by a cancer diagnosis for either themselves or someone close to them. We are expecting more than 750 Territorians will hear the words from their doctor that they have cancer – many with prostate or breast cancer and others with cancer of head and neck, internal organs, skin or limbs. Each diagnosis will create challenges and cause upset and confusion. Last year we made over 3,500 contacts with people in relation to cancer diagnoses and treatment. In addition, we provided thousands of Territorians - through schools, businesses, and community activities - with evidence based information on how to reduce their risk of cancer through healthy lifestyle choices and early detection. In addition, we advocated to Local and Federal Governments on the needs of Territorians in relation to cancer and successfully pushed for changes in legislation that will reduce exposure to cancer causing factors. With active offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs we are spreading both our cancer prevention and support services far and wide. All our cancer support services are offered free of charge and without obligation.
Our work would not be possible without the financial support of our community. Cancer Council NT relies significantly on the generosity of the community to continue to offer our wide range of services. Over 80% of our operating dollars come from our own activities – be it retail, ad hoc grants, fundraising or donations to name a few. Our community is most generous, BUT the cause is most significant and the needs growing. Thank you to everyone that supports us and I encourage you all to continue your contributions and talk to us if you see other opportunities to generate much needed funds.
Please enjoy our first e-News for 2017. We look forward to working with you and continuing to support the Territorian community through our work.
CEO, Cancer Council NT