Update from Volunteer Unit Manager, Emma White
In this edition we introduce our first Volunteer Voice guest columnist, James Butler. James shares his story about joining Cancer Council NSW as a volunteer 15 years ago, and the many events, programs and committees he has been involved in since. James has committed countless hours over the years, and we cannot thank him enough for all of his efforts.
James’ story is just one of the many personal stories, which highlight the tremendous work of our diverse, committed and passionate volunteers. In the coming editions we hope to share many more of our volunteers’ personal stories with you.
For now, over to you James …
Emma (and the Volunteer Unit)
Moving through the many roles of a volunteer at Cancer Council NSW
In writing this article for Volunteer Voice I would like to acknowledge the many other volunteers who work tirelessly for Cancer Council NSW and the cancer cause generally who don’t seek or receive acknowledgement for what they do.
You are amazing people and wonderful friends. You know who you are and I say thank you most sincerely for what you do.
As a Cancer Council NSW volunteer for many years I decided last year to stand for election to the Board of Cancer Council NSW. In my many years as a volunteer across all areas of the work of the Cancer Council NSW I thought I should add my voice and the voice of the many volunteers who I have worked with to the decision making table.
As a cancer survivor I have always felt a need to give back so I began my volunteering for Cancer Council NSW selling daffodils and doing some individual fundraising mainly through running events.
Sutherland Relay For Life shines
A huge congratulations to Sutherland RFL who was this year internationally recognised at the global Relay For Life conference as being number nine in the top 10 global events (excluding USA) for 2014. Such an outstanding achievement!
Running since 2002, Sutherland RFL has managed to raise an impressive $5.1m for Cancer Council NSW, raising $557K in 2014 alone. This huge feat could not have been achieved without the tireless dedication of the Sutherland RFL committee of volunteers who spend nine to ten months of their year volunteering to produce one of the world’s most outstanding events.
And a special thanks to chairman Rod Coy (pictured), who has been largely responsible for the success of this Relay over the last 10 years.
The award will be presented to the committee on Thursday 8 October.
Congratulations Sutherland, you are truly painting the world purple!
Seven Bridges Walk
Join 15,000 people for the 10th anniversary of the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk on Sunday 25 October 2015.
The event is a great way to see Sydney, benefit your health, join in a community activity, and raise much needed funds for Cancer Council NSW. The 27km walk takes in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour with seven bridges along the course. You will be well-fed and entertained throughout your walk.
The past nine years has seen a total of 75,000 walkers take part in the Seven Bridges Walk and over $2 million raised to help beat cancer!
Two publications have been added to the Understanding Cancer series of booklets and fact sheets. They examine Pleural Mesothelioma and Primary Bone Cancer.
A new Cancer Council NSW booklet entitled Cancer in the School Community can be downloaded from here.
See also Talking to Kids About Cancer and Cancer Support Groups, available here.
Staying safe while volunteering … a continuing series
Emergency evacuation plans are in place at all Cancer Council NSW offices, and wardens have been appointed to direct you in case of emergency.
Talk to your supervisor to find out about the emergency evacuation plan in your local office.
Pink Ribbon Day
Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
Cancer Council NSW aims to minimise the threat of women’s cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.
SUPPORT CANCER COUNCIL’S PINK RIBBON AS A VOLUNTEER
On Friday 23 October, our street appeal volunteers sell Pink Ribbon merchandise to raise funds for Cancer Council.
Volunteers are responsible for correct cash handling procedures, polite customer service and following instructions from the Team Leader.
You can register to volunteer for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon 2015 now, by simply clicking here to find your location.
Healthy living after cancer
Click on the image to download a four page PDF document that provides everyday strategies for you and your family to actively reduce your cancer risk.
Sensible, simple ways to assist in keeping cancer out of your life.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquiries.
Forward all feedback and contributions to email@example.com.
To contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices click on the link.