Over the past 12 months, Cancer Council New England has seen demand for their accommodation, transport and support services increase significantly due to the uncertain times brought on by the pandemic.
It’s why they are so pleased to have taken out the May edition of the #GreaterNewEngland funding initiative with the local arm of the national cancer charity awarded $3000.
The majority of face-to-face community fundraising events were cancelled last year, including the annual Relay for Life, which put a strain on the organisations ability to comfortably offer practical local cancer support services.
Cancer Council New England representative, Kate Dubois, said the additional funding from Greater Bank will continue to improve cancer outcomes and services within the New England community.
“We are 94% supported through community funding and with organisations like Greater Bank providing us with financial backing, we can continue to provide the necessary support services for the New England and the North West,” Kate said.
“This grant will go a long way to ensuring we can provide as many patients as possible access to our transport to treatment services as well as accommodation at no cost to those who often require it over a number of weeks.”
Kate Dubois, Cancer Council New England representative
Kootingal Junior Rugby League Club and PCYC Gunnedah were recipients of $1,000 from Greater Bank as the month’s runners-up.
Greater Bank’s Regional Sales Manager, Jennifer Smith, said local health support services like the Cancer Council are always deserving recipients given the incredible work they do for the people who need it most.
“Most of us will have known, or know, someone who has had cancer,” Jennifer said.
“It’s why we are so happy to see this month’s Greater Bank community funding go to the Cancer Council New England who do incredible work within our region in supporting those people who need treatment, transport and advice during a very tough time.
“We know they have had some challenges in raising the same level of funds and we hope the $3000 provides them with a real boost.”
Voting for the June edition of the #GreaterNewEngland funding program is now open with the next share of $5000 up for grabs. The lucky nominees are the Manilla Tigers Senior League, Armidale Riding Club and Tamworth Girl Guides.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greaternewengland or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 June 2021.