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Cancer Council NT eNews - March 2017!

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Welcome to our first e-News for 2017. This edition is packed with introductions to our new employees. It is so rewarding to have new people with passion and commitment to take on these challenging roles. I would also like to acknowledge and celebrate the long-standing commitment of our Life Members, Fran Wickes, Romola Sebastian-Pillai and Marilyn Harvey.  Additionally, Marg Lavery, our Support Services Manager has just commenced her 9th year and I am celebrating commencement of my 5th year with CCNT. Along with the many long-term supporters both individuals and businesses, Cancer Council NT continues the tradition of providing care and support for Territorians impacted by cancer.

Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time to reflect and commit to making some positive changes in our lives. For many Territorians these changes are going to be forced upon them by a cancer diagnosis for either themselves or someone close to them. We are expecting more than 750 Territorians will hear the words from their doctor that they have cancer – many with prostate or breast cancer and others with cancer of head and neck, internal organs, skin or limbs.  Each diagnosis will create challenges and cause upset and confusion. Last year we made over 3,500 contacts with people in relation to cancer diagnoses and treatment. In addition, we provided thousands of Territorians - through schools, businesses, and community activities - with evidence based information on how to reduce their risk of cancer through healthy lifestyle choices and early detection. In addition, we advocated to Local and Federal Governments on the needs of Territorians in relation to cancer and successfully pushed for changes in legislation that will reduce exposure to cancer causing factors. With active offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs we are spreading both our cancer prevention and support services far and wide. All our cancer support services are offered free of charge and without obligation.

Our work would not be possible without the financial support of our community. Cancer Council NT relies significantly on the generosity of the community to continue to offer our wide range of services. Over 80% of our operating dollars come from our own activities – be it retail, ad hoc grants, fundraising or donations to name a few. Our community is most generous, BUT the cause is most significant and the needs growing.  Thank you to everyone that supports us and I encourage you all to continue your contributions and talk to us if you see other opportunities to generate much needed funds.

Please enjoy our first e-News for 2017. We look forward to working with you and continuing to support the Territorian community through our work.

Kathy Sadler
CEO, Cancer Council NT

Meet the new Fundraising Team...
Nadine Jones - Fundraising & Marketing Manager  
Nadine Jones is thrilled to be heading up the Fundraising arm of Cancer Council NT. Nadine commenced her new role in January 2017 and she has wasted no time working on new ideas and partnerships. 
Nadine is well known in the Territory for her passion for the community. She arrived in the Territory with her family from Papua New Guinea in 1989 and instantly fell in love with the place for its unique lifestyle and friendly people. The weather is not too bad either she thinks.
Nadine says that Darwin has changed a lot since she arrived but it is still a great place to live and work. Nadine recalls attending her first Darwin Cup Ball with only 600 people and knowing everybody there!
Nadine has an extensive background in Media Management and Community Fundraising and is very excited about what she can contribute in her new role to help raise money and awareness for Cancer Council NT. 
We hold many local fundraising events each year with all monies raised staying in the Territory. Nadine says that we have an amazing team of volunteers from all sectors and she finds it simply inspiring how much of their time they are prepared to give to help others.
Our first event for the year will be our Gala Ball, held in the Grand Ballroom at Sky City on Saturday 29th April. Nadine reports tickets are selling well, which is not surprising given how supportive Territorians are of their community and how generous they are when it comes to fundraising for a great cause. Click here to buy tickets.
It is obvious that Nadine is passionate about the Cancer Council NT - she herself is a survivor. Sadly, cancer touches us all she said, but by working together we all lend our hand to those that need us most.    

Erin O'Connell - Events and Fundraising Officer
Erin was born in Darwin and raised in the NT.  Although having travelled and lived extensively overseas and interstate, she has now settled back to her roots raising 2 young children and working full-time.

Erin comes to us from a mix of admin, hospitality and fashion industry backgrounds, bringing with her great creative flair, enthusiasm and initiative.  
Erin is very excited to become a part of the CCNT team and is looking forward to delving into the role and creating new and exciting ideas & events.
A new energy for Alice Springs

Meet our new Cancer Information and Support Officer for Alice Springs - Emma Rossi.
Hi, my name is Emma. I have been in my new position at Cancer Council NT's Alice Springs office for about 3 weeks now and am really enjoying it. 

I come from ten years of work experience in the Aged Care industry and am finding that I am able to use my knowledge and experience in my new role.

I am also currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Charles Darwin University.

Contact me on 8953 5920 or

I look forward to working alongside you all.

Alice Springs office opening hours: 
Tueday & Wednesday: 8am - 4:15pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 1:30pm
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.

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

Healthy Living After Cancer program
Learn more about the Healthy Living after Cancer program.
Walking Group

The Cancer Council NT Support Services team will be starting a walking group for cancer clients and anyone affected by cancer. We have the beautiful dry season approaching in the NT and we think this would be the perfect way to take advantage of it. The walks will commence in April this year.  Our walk would be at a different location around Darwin each week. If you would like to register your interest to participate in this group or to find out more please contact our Cancer Support Nurse Catherine Jensen on 08 89441806 or email her on,au

Ostomy Peer Support Volunteer

Do you have a stoma and would like to talk to someone who has “lived the experience” and has 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 Group meetings, Stoma Nurses, Ostomy Associations and programs offered by stoma supply companies.
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 our Ostomy Coordinator or Marie our Cancer Information & Support Officer.
Shade for Secondary Schools in 2017
Darwin teens at Nightcliff Middle School will be better protected from the sun thanks to funding from eftpos, which has allowed Cancer Council NT to implement the Shade for Secondary Schools program.

Nightcliff Middle School received a $5,000 grant from eftpos, going towards 5 large shade marquees.

Helping teenagers to be SunSmart – on weekends and at school is vital. Our skin is like a memory bank and remembers all the damage it has received over the years. Once the damage is done, it can’t be undone and much of the sun damage to our skin that causes skin cancers in later life occurs during our teenage years.

Whether accidental or intentional, unprotected exposure to UV radiation increases the risk of skin damage and cancer. Protect yourself in 5 ways - Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
Stay tuned for news about shade structures being built at Our Lady of Sacred Heart College, Alice Springs.
Living with Cancer Forum, Darwin - All Welcome!
Our next bi-annual Living with Cancer Forum is on Thursday 30th March from 5pm to 7:30pm at Barbara James House, Darwin.

The forum aims to engage with consumers, health professionals and the cancer community, deliver information, increase awareness of services available locally, and provide an opportunity to network in a relaxed environment.

Medical Oncology Specialist, Dr Sophia Frenzas and Nutritional Biochemist, Richard Sager will be your guest Keynote speakers for the evening. These speakers will be followed by range of community stakeholder roundtables including Cancer Care Coordinators, a Sex Therapist, Physiotherapist and Solicitor who will provide more detailed information about different support/health services and specific programs available in the community. 

CanTeen & Leukaemia Foundation will also have an information stall and be present on the night.

See details for the next Living with Cancer Forum below.

Living with Cancer Forum – Darwin
When: Thursday, 30th March 2017
Time: 5:00pm – 7.30pm
Where: Barbara James House, 9 Mirambeena Street, Darwin

View event flyer
Save the date for Soirée

In 2017, Cancer Council NT will bring you our very own Gala Ball, Soirée! 

Come and enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, 4 hour beverage package and live entertainment courtesy of Darwin Army Band, while raising much needed funds for Cancer Council NT.
Date: Saturday 29th April 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Skycity Darwin
Dress: Black Tie

There will be silent auctions, raffles and a live auction on the night
Able to purchase either a table of 10 or tickets for 2. No single ticket sales.
Tickets are $225 (please note: $100 of ticket is tax deductible). To but tickets, click the button below. 
Buy Tickets
Mastectomy Bra SALE - ends 30th April 2017 

Available from our Darwin office - Up to 50% off a limited range of mastectomy bra styles & sizes!

Don’t forget to check with your Private Health insurer if you have Extras as you may be eligible to claim a rebate on mastectomy bras purchases depending on your level of cover.

Ring Marie on 8944 1812 for more information on stock availability or to make a fitting appointment.

Community organisations providing easy access to important information for cancer patients
It's important for anyone diagnosed with cancer to have access to reliable, up to date, relevant information to assist them and their families understanding recommended treatments and issues that may affect them. Our Understanding Cancer booklets and fact sheets are written for people affected by cancer, including people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their carer’s, family and friends.

Through generous funding from Lions Club Darwin Casuarina, Rotary Club Katherine and Dry July, Cancer Council NT has been able to purchase four Cancer Council NT branded booklet and brochure stands to ensure those affected by cancer have easy access to these valuable resources.

Stands have been placed in the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Medical Day Stay Unit at Katherine Hospital and the Outpatients area at Alice Springs Hospital. The 4th stand has been allocated to the outpatient area of Royal Darwin Hospital and we are currently awaiting hospital approval.

We would like to thank Lions Club Darwin Casuarina, Rotary Club Katherine and Dry July for their generous donation.

The stands can hold relevant booklets and brochures and contact cards for our offices and feature each local office’s phone number.
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