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Cancer Council NT eNews - September 2016!

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Hello, welcome to Cancer Council NT e-news.  This edition is full of great information - please forward it on to others that are interested in our work in the Northern Territory.

It has been an exciting and rewarding time for Cancer Council NT, and this edition highlights some of the work we have been doing over the past few months. Thank you to the hard working staff, volunteers and collaborators that enable us to do so much in the Territory.  A cancer diagnosis creates many challenges for an individual and their family.  Cancer Council NT aims to work with people throughout their journey, providing professional support and evidence based information, as well as practical help, such as financial support or gardening assistance through our Army Volunteer Program.  Behind the scenes we continue to advocate for more equitable cancer services for Territorians.

Understanding the needs of our clients is critical for our planning and resource allocation.  Although every person’s needs are unique, we are able to broadly group them into five main areas. To see how many contacts we had in each area of service for the last financial year click here.

This data highlights the high level of practical and emotional support people are seeking in relation to their cancer experience. Contact with our support staff may occur at any time throughout a person’s journey, whether it’s at the time of diagnosis, during treatment or even once treatment is completed and support is required for an individual to get their life back on track. A carer or family member may also contact us at any time for information or support. More people are reaching our information either through our website or our South Australian based nurse telephone support service – 13 11 20.

Cancer Council NT now has three offices – Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. A focus for our Alice Springs and Katherine offices is to work within the community and to network with other service providers, in order to facilitate people impacted by cancer to access these services as needed. To view information on the number of client contacts for each office in the last financial year click here.

In addition to the contacts listed in the table, Cancer Council NT also provides monthly stoma supplies to 210 Territorians, many of which are mailed out throughout the Territory.  

It's challenging work, but together – the wonderful Cancer Council staff, our voluntary Board, our thoughtful volunteers and our generous donors – I know we are making a difference.  I thank all of you for that.
Kind regards,

Kathy Sadler
CEO, Cancer Council NT

Farewell from Chelsey Dunne
It is with sadness and very fond memories that I write this to let you know of my decision to leave Cancer Council NT. As many of you are aware, my husband and I welcomed our daughter into our lives earlier this year and we will be moving to Melbourne to be closer to our families.
I am incredibly thankful for my time at Cancer Council NT and am grateful to have worked with such a compassionate and hard working team. I also consider myself privileged to have had a job where I was enriched and inspired by my clients everyday.
My position at Cancer Council NT has enabled professional and personal growth and I will leave with extremely fond memories of the organization, the staff and of course my clients.
I hope to continue my work in the cancer field and I will take the memories of the last four years with me to ensure that my passion for my work is as strong as it has been at Cancer Council NT.
Thank you and Good bye,


Introducing Catherine Jensen - Cancer Support Nurse

My name is Catherine Jensen and I have recently taken over the Cancer Support Nurse role at Cancer Council NT. I have been temporarily covering in the position since February for Chelsey’s maternity leave. I am so excited to commence the position on a more permanent basis. Since I was a young child, my goal in life was always to “help people”, which I think has steered me down the nursing path. My previous 6 years of registered nursing have involved both hospital and community based areas. I then became a mum of a gorgeous boy and had some time away, but have now jumped back into my nursing full steam ahead! I am thrilled to be able to work with the committed and caring staff at Cancer Council NT in making a difference to those that have been affected by cancer. Currently I am working on a part-time basis Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am till 4.30pm. I am available to talk to anyone affected by cancer, face to face, over the phone or via email. If you would like to make an appointment to see me you can call 8944 1800 or email me at 

Sid has been a very busy Seagull!
Sid has been spotted all around the Territory spreading the SunSmart message. He was spotted in Katherine visiting some school holiday programs as well as at several lucky schools in the Darwin region. We also spotted him at the Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta encouraging people to be SunSmart under the deadly Territorian sun.

Sun protection is required all year round in the NT. In Darwin, UV radiation reaches very high to extreme levels everyday of the the year. So remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide. For more info on how to be SunSmart click here.

Introducing the Sun Sound!
The Sun Sound is a friendly reminder to be SunSmart under the harsh NT sun. Territorians will be hearing the Sun Sound a lot more in the coming months as UV radiation levels rise. Listen out for it at the pool and outdoor events and protect yourself in five ways - Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide!

Listen to the Sun Sound
Army Volunteer Program
The Army Volunteer Program commenced in Darwin in October 2014.  Members of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment at Robertson Barracks provide a volunteer crew consisting of 2-3 personnel who donate their time and skill once a month. The crew complete tasks such as gardening, lawn mowing, whipper snipping, hedge trimming, disposal of garden clippings and general garden maintenance for Cancer Council NT clients who need it most.

The Regiment is able to juggle the demands of their busy day to day business including the deployment of troops for extended periods, with their ongoing commitment to Cancer Council NT clients.

Cancer Council NT recently had some wonderful feedback from recipients of the service. Clients are always happy and appreciative of the service and the two comments below really highlight this.

“The army boys spent 2 days here. OMG, they were fantastic and did a backyard makeover.  I won’t need to worry about the garden for quite a while after all they did.  I will be able to manage easily.  Cannot believe how hard they worked and how much pride they took in their work”
“The lads did an amazing job of our garden, I am so happy that I am not really sure how to say it in words properly. The back garden looks even better than it did when we bought the place a few years ago”.

If you or someone you know are currently being impacted by cancer and would like to know more about this program, please call 8944 1800.
Alicia Bannerman does the miles for Cancer Council NT
A huge thank you to Alicia Bannerman who walked 330km on a treadmill to raise funds for Cancer Council NT. Her efforts were acknowledged in the Katherine Times.
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Thank You Alice Springs!
Cancer Council NT would like to sincerely thank all the teams, participants, organisations and individuals who contributed to the Alice Springs Relay For Life in June. The kindness and support offered by the Alice Springs community was truly wonderful. Everybody’s contribution was valuable, and there are many people to thank. I will just share one small story which shows what a wonderful community we have here in Alice Springs. The Relay For Life event was officially from 2pm to 8.30pm but the Superheroes Team lived up to their name by going much further, relaying for 24 hours through the freezing cold and occasional drizzle. Some walked over 50km. Members of the team said, ‘This is nothing compared to what people going through cancer have to put up with’ and ‘Don’t wait until one of your family is diagnosed with cancer, do your bit and help out now.’

Pictured: Members of the Superheroes Team doing their final lap at 2pm on Sunday.
Alice Springs Cancer Support Calendar
Different people and organisations around Alice Springs provide some wonderful support to people affected by cancer. Below is a link to the Alice Springs Cancer Support Calendar featuring upcoming events for September. Please let us know if you have an event to add to the next calendar – email Helen at:
View calendar
Please also be reminded of the Alice Springs Living with Cancer forum coming up in October. Details below.

Living with Cancer Forum – Alice Springs:
Monday 24 October 2016
5pm-6pm – Survivor reviver. Mini massages, music, relax and enjoy.
6pm-8pm – Speakers and table-top sessions with health professionals
Light supper included. All welcome.
RSVP appreciated but not essential. RSVP – Helen 89535920 or email:
View flyer
Cancer Support Groups
If you or someone you know is seeking support before, during or after a cancer diagnosis and would like to speak to others who are going through similar journeys, have you considered joining a support group? Cancer Council NT has support groups for men and women. No registration or RSVP is required, you can just come along! You may find an environment where you can give and receive support extremely beneficial and complimentary to your cancer experience. Click on the button below to view the Cancer Support Groups flyer containing a list of available support groups. Please contact us on 8944 1800 if you require further information.
Membership Reminder
To become a Cancer Council NT member or to renew you membership or update your details contact 8944 1800. 
Volunteers Update
A big thank you to all of our fabulous volunteers.  Cancer Council NT could not operate without your support. Our regular volunteers in the Darwin office have contributed a total of 315 hours of their precious time to us between January and June this year - an amazing amount of generosity! See below chart detailing where out volunteers spend their time.

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers. If you are interested please call our office on (08) 8944 1800. 
Above: Volunteer hours from January to June 2016
Introducing Kaye Jones, Ostomy Peer Support Volunteer
Do you have a stoma and want to talk to someone who has “lived the experience” and been trained to assist you in the recovery process, enhance wellbeing and quality of life?
Kaye Jones is a Cancer Council NT trained Ostomy Peer Support Volunteer who can provide peer support around the experience of living with a stoma through her personal knowledge.  Kaye can ensure new ostomates are aware of the support available within the community such as Ostomy Support Groups, Stoma Nurses, Ostomy Associations and programs offered by stoma supply companies.
In 2011, Kaye required a temporary stoma for around 6 months.  Kaye endured a number of health complications over the next couple of years giving her great insight into some of the issues faced by ostomates.
Kaye, a trained Chaplain, completed training locally at Royal Darwin Hospital. Kaye said she was drawn to study chaplaincy as a result of her own health challenges and a genuine desire to help those who may not have the support of family or friends to help them through their own ostomy struggles.  The Peer Support training and chaplaincy role has equipped Kaye with the tools and knowledge to connect with others.  Kaye’s support can help ostomates overcome feelings of isolation and provide support to adapt to life with a stoma, whether it be temporary or permanent.
If you would like more information or receive support from Kaye, our Ostomy Peer Support Volunteer please contact Cancer Council NT on 8944 1800 and ask for either Theodora – Ostomy Coordinator or Marie – Cancer Information & Support Officer.

Pictured: Kaye Jones - Ostomy Peer Support Volunteer
Fundraising and Events Update from Karen Bouhoris
The fundraising machine has been going full steam ahead into the new financial year with an assortment of fundraising events being held across the NT. A big thank you to all the supporters, volunteers and friends of Cancer Council NT, we couldn’t do it without your generosity, kindness and engagement. I feel very proud to live and work in the Northern Territory.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea saw 306 host registering across the NT. That's over 50 additional hosts compared to last year!  The Territory raised over a whopping $120,000 for Cancer related education and support services across the NT. An amazing result that just proves what a difference a cuppa can make!

Dry July is a digital fundraising event that sees people registering online and going without alcohol for the month of July. Friends donate to help participants stay dry. The only way a participant can renege on their promise to go Dry for July is to purchase a golden ticket for a minimum of $25. Pretty steep, given it lasts for one night only! This fundraising event saw an incredible $54,000 raised across the Territory, truly amazing.  Many Gyms throughout the Territory engaged and promoted the healthy message to their clients. Cancer Council NT CEO, Kathy Sadler, participated in the event, having a lot of fun with friends and family.

Daffodil Day is Cancer Council NT’s beautiful signature event.  Daffodils are specifically grown in the Victorian country side and flown to the tropics for the day. Bunches of Daffodils are delivered to Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. There were 28 Daffodil Day stalls throughout the NT this year, from Smith St Mall to Alice Plaza, all run by our amazing volunteers! Thank you to everyone who donated their time.

The fundraising department are super excited with Relay for Life Palmerston and Darwin fast approaching on Friday the 16th of September.  A huge line-up including, The Kicks and Acid City, YMCA kids club, smoothie bikes and the largest mascot race ever seen in the Territory. Katherine Relay was held on the 3rd of September with Katherine community rallying together for a great event.

With only a couple of months remaining in the fundraising calendar, we are excited to talk about Pink Race Day as well as Girls’ Night In.  Click buttons below to get involved in these fun and exciting events.
Get involved in Girls' Night In
Get involved in Pink Race Day
Remember if you would like to get involved in any of our events, we would be forever grateful. Without volunteers we cannot successfully raise much needed funds for Cancer Support.

See below chart showing where our fundraising income has come from so far this year.

Above: Fundraising income so far in 2016.
Pro Bono Program
Cancer Council NT has been participating in the national Cancer Council Pro Bono program since 2014. The program can help you or someone in your family who has been impacted by cancer with legal or financial advice.  The program provides free assistance for eligible clients.
The number of referrals has been gradually increasing with 28 in 2014, 43 in 2015 and 20 to end of June 2016.
Cancer Council will connect you with a lawyer, financial planner, accountant or HR/recruitment professional who will help you. Usually you will meet them at their office, but if you are very unwell, they may be able to visit you in hospital or at home. If you speak a language other than English, we can arrange an interpreter for you.
Advice is free for eligible clients. You will need to pass a means test in order to qualify for free assistance.
To find out more or to access the program please call 8944 1800.
Income Update
From January to June 2016 we have received around $692,000.  51% has been received by the generosity of the general public.  In total 80% of our income comes from the General Public’s kind donations or fundraising.  We thank you for your support.
Above: Source of income January 2016 to June 2016 
Healthy Living after Cancer
Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Our Healthy Living after Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced cancer nurses. The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you. The program is available to people over 18 who have completed cancer treatment in the past five years. You'll receive up to 12 health coaching calls over a period of six months from a Cancer Council nurse. The nurse will work with you to make healthy lifestyle changes by setting goals for physical activity and healthy eating. He or she will help you reach these goals by giving you support, helpful tips, and motivation. Part of the program involves completing a survey over the phone at the beginning of the program, and again at the end. In the survey you'll be asked about physical activity and diet, and about your overall health. You'll receive feedback in the post or via email following each of these surveys, so you can monitor your progress.

To find out more, contact us on 13 11 20 or click on the button below to view the program brochure.

View program brochure
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