Cancer support volunteers call on state government to take action

Cancer Advocacy Network volunteer Moira Etheridge presents Kiama MP Gareth Ward with the Saving Life 2019 election priorities document.

Cancer Advocacy Network volunteer Moira Etheridge presents Kiama MP Gareth Ward with the Saving Life 2019 election priorities document.

As part of Cancer Council’s pre-election campaign, Saving Life 2019, local Kiama volunteers are calling on the next NSW Government to take action to reduce the impact of cancer in the community.

Saving Life 2019 was launched at Kiama Village recently and will run until the NSW election on March 23, 2019.

The launch saw local Cancer Advocacy Network (CanAct) volunteer Moira Etheridge present Kiama MP Gareth Ward with the Saving Life 2019 election priorities document, which details cancer issues affecting the community.

“We have achieved so much to reduce cancer rates but there is much more we need to do,” local community advocate Moira Etheridge said.  

“We’re campaigning to address issues that will help create a cancer free future.” 

Saving Life 2019 addresses three key areas where the State Government can make a big impact.

This includes protecting the community from tobacco, tackling childhood obesity, and supporting people with lymphoedema.

“Every day in NSW, more than 120 people hear the words ‘you’ve got cancer’, and too many families lose someone they love,” Cancer Council’s community programs coordinator Jarrod Flynn said.

“The next NSW Government has the power to reduce the number of people who will get cancer and ensure that people who experience cancer get the support they need.”

To join the Saving Life 2019 campaign, visit canact.com.au