The Binnaway Cancer Fund-raising Group recently distributed an impressive $27,500 to cancer-related support services in Dubbo.
The funds were raised at a dinner event, held in association with the Binnaway Lions Club, at the Binnaway Showground pavilion in April.
More than 180 people attended the gala, travelling from Coolah, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Mendooran, Coonabarabran, Baradine and locally for the occasion.
Items raffled and auctioned on the night included accommodation packages in the Blue Mountains, Nelson Bay and Dubbo, a Waeco fridge, and a child’s four-wheel motorbike.
Local identities, Larry Tolmie, Bill Tatt, David Grant and Stewart Rodgers proved entertaining auctioneers, while Anne Markey performed MC duties and Donna Falconer, from Dubbo Pink Angels, was guest speaker.
Courtney McMullan and students from Binnaway Central School helped prepare and serve the meal, with Tim Dennis and Natasha Swan providing the music.
Previously, the Binnaway Lions Club held an annual walk/ ride fund-raiser for the Cancer Council, which has generated in excess of $165,000 for the charity since 2000.
Due to circumstances beyond control of the Lions Club, the event has not been held for the past three years.
However, a small and energetic committee was formed in October 2014, with the aim of hosting a dinner in conjunction with the Lions Club, to support charities related to cancer- treatment.
Binnaway Cancer Fund-raising Group spokesperson, Pam Southwell, said the committee was aware of the difficulties faced by locals in travelling for treatment.
“People undergoing treatment have to travel to Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and even Sydney to access services, often spending long amounts of time away from home,” Mrs Southwell explained.
“Our aim is to, in some way, make a positive difference to country cancer sufferers when they are having treatment.
“The charities we chose to support are relevant to local residents in Binnaway suffering from these types of cancers.”
After roping in a massive $27,500 at their inaugural event, funds have recently been donated to the following charities:
• $16,500 to Lourdes Hospital & Community Health Service in Dubbo for lymphoedema management/research machine;
• $4,500 to Dubbo Oncology to purchase monitors;
• $3000 to Dubbo Pink Angels;
• $1750 to Dubbo Wig Library for replacement wigs; and
• $1750 to Dubbo Prostate Cancer Support Group towards buying a bladder scanner.
While Mrs Southwell said a fund-raiser of this calibre would be a huge undertaking to run annually, the sub- committee was considering staging the event biennially.
“We’ve given it some thought and if the help is available, perhaps we could run the dinner every second year,” she said.
Stephen Evans (Lourdes Hospital and Community Health Service manager), Denise Leader, Brenda Svensson (senior occupational therapist - lymphoedema), Julie Halliday, Julie Hunter and Kaylene Green (nursing services manager).