KIAMA LIONS CLUB
For the first time in 100 years the President of Lions International is a woman. Gudrun Yngvadottir hails from Iceland and Lions world-wide are excited by this major breakthrough. Gudrun recently observed that friendship and camaradarie have always been part of the experience of being a Lion, and that there is nothing that builds friendships more than people working together to help others. She also observed that in seeking new members we should include both genders and people from all walks of life, who can bring their experiences to bear on the service work we do.
We are always keen to hear from women and men interested in finding out more about Kiama Lions, including the possibility of becoming volunteers. Please seriously consider this chance to expand your horizons and thereby help ensure the future for our valuable service work that ultimately relies on regenerating membership. More details are on our website and Facebook, or phone Gordon Bell (4233 1788).
Mia Parsons from the Cancer Council of NSW addressed the Rotary Club of Kiama on Monday night. She is responsible for all support services, coordinating both paid and volunteer personnel in the key areas of transport to treatment, information, home help, survivor programs, accommodation and legal services. Mia shared with us that when a person receives a cancer diagnosis it is not just their health that is impacted. All kinds of challenges particularly relating to family, work, finances and transportation can arise and the Cancer Council can assist. Mia outlined the requirements and criteria for each area of support.
The Cancer council offers assistance with one off payments and legal assistance. She said these are means tested, but there is a firm belief that if people are unable to pay, then they shouldn’t. The Cancer Council does not receive Government funding, and relies on fundraising through Relay for Life, and other donations. Mia explained that teams from Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour and Wollongong work together to transport cancer patients to treatment locally or to Sydney as needed.
Some volunteers work in the Cancer Council treatment facility to give a ‘non-lab-coat’ perspective. Others assist those who are fortunate enough to go into remission, but then find that they feel alone. These folk can access the program called ‘Healthy Living After Cancer’ which is a series of 12 health coaching calls, helping them to set goals and work towards them. All services are accessed by phoning 131120 which is the central point of contact. She handed out information and the Cancer Council website is: https://www.cancer.org.au/ It was a pleasure to have Mia attend our club meeting and inform us on the options available to cancer patients.
The next monthly meeting for Kiama CWA Day Branch is Tuesday, August 21 at the CWA hall, 70 Shoalhaven St, Kiama. Please note this will include our Ag and Environment information morning at 11am followed by BYO lunch at 12pm for a 1pm start to our business meeting. Normal $1 donation. Visitors and new members are most welcome to all our meetings.
Our CWA hall is available for hire. Please email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Cheryl on 4232 4680 for more information.