Thirteen years ago, a small group of cancer patients and survivors attended a ‘Living with Cancer Workshop’.
Following on from this gathering, emerged a need to form a Cancer Support Group.
Through the aid of local, state and federal donations, a premises was rented and over 200 library books, tapes and videos were acquired, and an office set up with a ‘drop in’ function.
The need for a door to door transport function for cancer sufferers was quickly identified, along with the recognition of the need to provide moral support for all those fulfilling a supporting and or caring role.
Through the Honda Foundation, a vehicle was acquired. A telephone Helpline was then established, along with formation of Craft, Carers, Breast of Friends and a Men’s Support Groups.
These groups provided a valuable service to both male and female cancer survivors.
Membership is free, and the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation (FCSF) welcomes any female and male cancer survivors and their carers, whom would like to join either support group.
FCSF member John Francis said this can be done by phoning the Foundation office on 8552 9304, requesting a follow up call, by leaving your details. A co-ordinator shall return your call.
“While the Foundation operates on a not-for-profit and self-funded basis, our on going operational costs are in excess of $50,000 per annum,” he said.
“We are fortunate to receive valuable financial support from the McIIroy Auto Group, as our major sponsor. Support is also forth coming from Mud ‘n’ Tars Motor Cycle Club and other service and social groups and businesses throughout the region.”
Although the FCSF is not formally connected with the Cancer Council of SA, it is supplied with an extensive rage of publications designed to provide back ground and guidance on all forms of cancer and are readily available to cancer sufferers, free of charge.
“Our statistics covering the number of cancer patients using our transport service during the 2017 year, showed, on average, a number of just under 100 cancer patients being transported to Adelaide and return, each month,” John said.
“On this basis the FCSF is now providing an ‘essential service’ for cancer sufferers in the region and must strive to maintain this demanding level of service.”
John said the FSCF could not function without the support of its volunteers and if you have any interest in gaining help as a cancer sufferer, or joining as a volunteer, contact 8552 9304, to discuss potential involvement on a confidential basis.