Rotary Club of Victor Harbor lends a hand to support families with children suffering from cancer

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members David Jenkins and Brian Liddy with a new tank for Bradley's Place.

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members David Jenkins and Brian Liddy with a new tank for Bradley's Place.

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor has been busy over the last few weeks, providing important assistance to a worthwhile organisation and local facility, which gives support for children suffering from cancer and their families.

Rotarian Malcolm Haythorpe is on the tractor clearing the land for Bradley' Place, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor to support cancer sufferers.

Rotarian Malcolm Haythorpe is on the tractor clearing the land for Bradley' Place, a project undertaken by the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor to support cancer sufferers.

Bradley’s Place is a respite centre located at Inman Valley and run by the Childhood Cancer Association.

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia's key childhood cancer support organisation, dedicated to providing emotional, practical and financial support to families in need. 

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor member Mark Cox gets on the little digger to muscle around the dirt on the Bradley's Place project.

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor member Mark Cox gets on the little digger to muscle around the dirt on the Bradley's Place project.

The association was formed in 1982 by a group of parents of children with cancer. The Childhood Cancer Association receives no ongoing government funding and relies heavily on support from the community, to enable it to continue to provide vital services and support to families in need and research into childhood cancer.

Bradley's Place is the Childhood Cancer Association's respite accommodation and was opened in 2004.

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor member Tim Shierlaw does the slashing around Bradley's Place.

Rotary Club of Victor Harbor member Tim Shierlaw does the slashing around Bradley's Place.

Sadly in 1991, Neil and Robyn Walker lost one of their twins, Bradley, to cancer at the age of four. The Walker's devastating experience helped them to realise how important support systems were for other families facing similar problems.

They turned the impact of their tragic loss into something positive and became actively involved in supporting the work of the Childhood Cancer Association in supporting other children with cancer and their families.

With funds raised by the Walker’s and their fundraising group (the Six State Challenge Team), Bradley's Place was opened.

Rotary made Bradley’s Place a major project. The support includes general maintenance of the grounds and much required upgrading of the facilities.

Under the direction of president elect Mark Cox and committee group Brian Liddy, David Jenkins, David Elliot and Malcolm Haythorpe, the club set forth with consultation and agreement from the Childhood Cancer Association team. 

Jobs achieved are the clearing of overgrown bracken from around the grounds as well as unwanted taller foliage and a additional water tank was installed after preparation of a suitable base area was completed. An electric oven has been supplied and installed replacing the aging unit which was in use.   

The Rotary Club of Victor Harbor recognises people and organisations who have assisted at Bradley Place such as the Zonta Club.

Chief Executive Officer, Cath O’Loughlin gives thanks to the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor.

“On behalf of the Childhood Cancer Association and all the families, we are so very grateful to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to clear and tidy up the property and renovate our respite accommodation making it much more enjoyable for the families that stay,” Ms O’Loughlin said. 

If you are prepared to work and join the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members at a Working Bee on Sunday, July 30, then turn up between 10am and 3pm to see what community service and spirit, is all about. The work on the day would be clearing bracken and overgrown trees and general area tidying up. 

All non-Rotarians are requested to forward pre-advice of willingness to assist, by contacting Rotarian David Jenkins on 8552 1525

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