Fathers Day Stall: Just a reminder that next week we will be holding the Fathers’ Day stall. Keep an eye out for information coming home and please make sure your little ones are prepared for this event. They love choosing something for Dad and/or Grandad, but it makes it really tough if they have forgotten their money!
Chocolate Fundraiser Winners: Congratulations to Tracey Grigor and Tracey Stevens, who shared the most boxes sold prize! Thanks for supporting us ladies. We are awaiting on the gift cards to arrive and as soon as they do, we will draw the winners for that prize too. Stay tuned.
From me to You Ladies Night: Tickets for this event will be able to be purchased at the office from September. Tickets can be $15 pre-purchased and $20 on the night. This will be an awesome night. We are still looking or more stall holders, so if you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to contact us at email@example.com. Here is a message from Nic Bradley, one of the participants in the walk to end Cancer.
Blessings, Alaina Westaway
According to the (AIHW), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an estimated 124,910 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,700 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2011.
In 1971 President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, this is generally known as the beginning of the ‘war on cancer’. A war which we are still in the trenches for. This war has seen billions of dollars worldwide funnelled into cancer research; it has seen fundraising from all walks of life. Australians like a good fight and they like a good cause.. Telethons, shaving heads, wearing pink, drinking pink labelled water, growing a mo, running a marathon, wearing a bandana and my favourite, buying daffodils.
Billions of dollars have gone into cancer research and we now have better treatments, better diagnostics, and better public awareness. The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30% in the past two decades. More than 60% of people with cancer will now survive at least five years after diagnoses. Cancer research works. We now know that one third of all cancers can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.
Cancer is expensive, according to the AIHW, cancer costs more than $3.8 billion in direct health systems costs. In the last federal budget the government have promised $226 million to cancer research, including $55.7 for breast cancer screening, $18.5 million for prostate cancer research and $23.8 million for bone marrow transplants, although this is a lot of money, it is not enough.
The Queensland Institute of Medical Research applies each year for grants to get funding, they also rely heavily on fundraising. According to their website “Over the past 10 years, QIMR researchers have received almost $177 million which equates to 3.9% of a total funding pool of $4.5 billion.”
Starting this year, the P and F will host an annual pamper night to raise funds for cancer research. We are calling it the ‘from me to you night’. This year the funds will sponsor myself and five other GCCC mums who are participating in what is known as the walk to end women’s cancer. All proceeds from the walk go to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. If you can, please come along and support the night, you can also make a donation to the walking team of ‘making strides’ by going here http://br13.endcancer.org.au/site/TR/Events/Brisbane2013?team_id=1449&pg=team&fr_id=1050
You can also donate directly to the QIMR by going here https://www.qimr.edu.au/page/Donate/Donations/
Or on October 11 you could come to the college and have a fantastic time whilst helping cancer research.
Somewhere in Australia today a young researcher has an idea that will one day lead to a cure for cancer. Lets ensure they have somewhere to go with that idea.
Thanks for reading, Nic Bradley