John and Susan Thomson

Top driving team


john-susan-thompsonWe asked husband and wife team, John and Susan Thomson, who are volunteer Transport to Treatment drivers in Port Macquarie, about their experience volunteering with Cancer Council.

Here is what they had to say.

Why did you decide to volunteer for the transport service?

John – This program provides a necessary service for people who have deep concerns about their health. They do not need the additional worry of transport to and from treatment.

Susan – John has had two brushes with cancer in the past 10 years so I know very well the worries that arise. The concept of the transport service relieves at least one of those worries.

What’s your favorite aspect of your role?

John – Meeting people who in difficult circumstances are always positive about the outcome of treatment.

Susan – I would have to repeat John’s comment above. 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your role?

John – Being able to eliminate one of the patients’ concerns.

Susan – I’ve meet some wonderful, positive people through the service

Do you volunteer for any other services or organisations within Port Macquarie?

John – Yes, as a member of the set construction crew at the Port Macquarie Players’ Theatre.

Susan – Yes, at the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre

Please provide a brief biography of yourself.

John – I served with the RAAF as an Armament Fitter for six years, then spent most of my working life in the Credit Finance Industry, with occasional detours into other careers – self-employed and bus driver, before finally retiring in 2007.

Susan – Worked as secretary for a criminal lawyer in Sydney for most of my working life before moving to Brisbane. We then decided to set off around Australia in our caravan (which we called home for 14 months), before finally settling in Port Macquarie six years ago.

Thank you John and Susan for sharing your story with us, and for your dedication to volunteering for Cancer Council NSW.