Innisfail Cancer Council branch has raised over $10,000

Innisfail Cancer Council branch members with guest speaker Claire Hope and community members who helped make their Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea a huge success.

A RECORD number of 220 people enjoyed scrumptious fare at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event held at Warrina Lakes which raised just over $7,100 for Cancer Council Queensland.

Last month, Innisfail Cancer Council branch volunteers also ran a lamington drive which raised a further $3,000. 

The guest speaker was Claire Hope, Administration, Community Engagement North from Cancer Council Queensland in Cairns who spoke about the vital services and work done by the community-based organisation.

Those in attendance enjoyed a fun and relaxing morning which included live music by Phil Houston AKA The Lazy Tradie and the chance to win many lucky door prizes, cent sales, raffle prizes, as well as buy cheap local produce and handmade craft items.

In 2002, Lydia Massa’s daughter Luise Lambert who was living in America was diagnosed with Aplastic anaemia. Her daughter then flew home to Australia where she underwent a blood and bone marrow stem cell transplant and spent four months recovering in Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Her daughter’s incredible story of survival is what prompted Lydia to first become involved in Cancer Council Queensland in 2003 when she shaved her hair with Anna Lees.  

Around 30,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with a form of cancer in 2021, which is one person ever 20 minutes.  Every year, around 1,651 people in the Far North Queensland region are diagnosed with cancer, and the most common cancers are prostate, melanoma, breast, colorectal, and lung.

Cancer Council Queensland is committed to providing support to those diagnosed and living with cancer.

Free support and services are available to cancer patients in the Cassowary Coast, including accommodation and bus service to and from Marylyn Mayo Lodge in Cairns, access to turban and wigs, telephone and face-to-face counselling and a psychologist.

Information and support can also be obtained Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm by calling 13 11 20 which is a free and confidential service.

Innisfail Cancer Council was especially appreciative to everyone who attended the event and for their extreme generosity, as well as Merle McAlonan and her crew of six who raised $1,150 by selling raffle tickets up town.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is celebrating 29 years in 2021, and every dollar raised helps the Cancer Council to fund research, support services, prevention programs and advocacy.

Last year, Cancer Council Queensland invested $8.7 million into cancer research, as well as working with leading researchers to better understand the true burden of cancer, and targeting new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

In 2020, a total of 1,925 nights of accommodation were provided at Marylyn Mayo Lodge in Cairns, 558 people impacted by cancer called 13 11 20 helpline and 49,059 kms were driven by volunteers as part of the transport to treatment service. 

The organisation also conducts research directed at understanding how to prevent cancer, ways to diagnose cancer earlier, how to assist patients achieve the optimum quality of life after a cancer diagnosis and best ways to support cancer patients and their families.

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