Jane Gerrard of Gracehaven Lutheran Homes has been awarded Central Queensland Nurse of the Year, in Cancer Council Queensland’s Nurse of the Year Campaign for 2009. Ms Gerrard’s interest in raising cancer awareness helped in her successful nomination.
Jane Gerrard of Gracehaven Lutheran Homes has been awarded Central Queensland Nurse of the Year, in Cancer Council Queensland’s Nurse of the Year Campaign for 2009. Ms Gerrard’s interest in raising cancer awareness helped in her successful nomination. Photo submitted

Bundy's best gets the gong

BUNDABERG nurse Jane Gerrard’s hard work and fundraising efforts were rewarded when she was named Central Queensland Nurse of the Year at a ceremony in Brisbane.

The Nurse of the Year campaign is an educational and fundraising campaign that provides nurses with an opportunity to play a major role in reducing the impact of cancer in their community.

“When they called my name I just couldn’t believe it,” Ms Gerrard said.

“There were certainly a few tears. I just kept thinking: ‘Is this true?’”

Ms Gerrard works at Gracehaven Lutheran Homes and was keen to raise cancer awareness.

“It’s all about raising awareness and giving support,” she said.

“It is such a great honour.”

Ms Gerrard raised more than $8000 for the Cancer Council during the campaign.

“Both of my children’s grandparents died with cancer and that inspired me to do this,” she said.

Cancer Council Queensland community fundraising manager Natalie Wust said the Nurse of the Year campaign enabled Queensland nurses to help make a difference.

“The title of Regional Nurse of the Year was awarded to Jane for her efforts in raising awareness of cancer prevention and early detection in the community, and commitment to making a difference,” she said.

“Jane has made a very valuable contribution to cancer control in the community.”

Funds raised from the campaign are put towards Cancer Council Queensland’s vital cancer research, patient support programs and prevention and early detection initiatives.

Forty-four Queensland nurses competed in the campaign, raising a total of $1 million.

The win has encouraged Ms Gerrard to continue with her cancer-awareness campaign.

“I have been inspired to become an ambassador for the Sun Smart Program,” she said.

“In my own time, I want to raise awareness and visit schools and sporting clubs to spread the sun safety message.”



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