New wheels for shire cancer patients

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Eurobodalla Transport to Treatment volunteers (left to right) Rosemary Mylott, Jenny Tweedie, Carlien Donnan, Pat Eaton, John Armstrong, Jan Tonks, Lyn Jordan, Shayne McArthur, Kathy Roberts with the new patient transport car.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Eurobodalla Transport to Treatment volunteers (left to right) Rosemary Mylott, Jenny Tweedie, Carlien Donnan, Pat Eaton, John Armstrong, Jan Tonks, Lyn Jordan, Shayne McArthur, Kathy Roberts with the new patient transport car.

Cancer patients in the Eurobodalla got a special delivery this month with the arrival of a new set of wheels.

Donated by Cancer Council NSW, the vehicle will be used by volunteers to transport patients to cancer appointments as part of the Transport to Treatment program.

Over the past year, the program’s volunteers travelled more than 20,000 km across the Eurobodalla, lending a helping hand to patients from Batemans Bay to Narooma.

The program aims to give patients and their carers some relief by providing free transport to doctors’ appointments, chemotherapy appointments at Moruya Oncology and radiation therapy at Nowra or Canberra.

Volunteers also visit patients at home or provide transport during the working week, offering support with light housework, shopping, companionship and carer’s respite.

Far South Coast Cancer Council spokesperson, Kate Brett, said the service was made possible through community fundraisers such as Stars of the Eurobodalla and Relay For Life.

“We know that every year in the Southern NSW region alone, it is estimated that approximately 1505 people will be diagnosed with cancer,” Ms Brett said.

“Often they are dealing with complex decisions that require an understanding of cancer, its treatment, and its ongoing management.

“Volunteers are all trained and provide this service to assist at an already challenging time.”

For more information about the service, please contact the volunteer coordinator on 0411 285 875 or egaps@nswcc.org.au from Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

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