Cancer chief to visit Bundaberg during regional road trip
CANCER Council CEO Jeff Dunn is visiting Bundaberg on the first stop on a statewide road trip which will take him from Brisbane to Bundaberg, through North Queensland, Mount Isa, Longreach and Roma.
Meeting staff at the Bourbong St Cancer Council Queensland office yesterday Mr Dunn said his trip would involve listening, talking to and thanking volunteers for their efforts and discussing what more could be done to help provide what was necessary.
"I am pleased to be able to thank the local heroes who are working hard to help beat cancer," Mr Dunn said.
The trip comes on the back of the Bundaberg Relay for Life held last month where volunteers raised $149,235.
Mr Dunn said Relay for Life was an important event on the Council Council Queensland calendar which celebrated cancer survivors, paid tribute those who lost their battle and those who continued to fight it.
"With ongoing community support, we will continue our work to improve cancer survival in Queensland, with an ongoing focus on bridging the city-country divide in cancer survival," Mr Dunn said.
He said money raised from Bundaberg Relay for Life would be put to good use.
"To provide supportive care programs and services for patients, to look at preventing cancer where we can and of course make sure we detect it as early as possible," Mr Dunn said.
He again reiterated that Cancer Council Queensland was built on the efforts of volunteers.
"We're a community based organisation that could not function without the volunteers," Mr Dunn said.
"Our local staff and volunteers play a vital role in cancer control.
"We are committed to giving back to the local community through services and support delivered by staff and volunteers who understand local issues."
Mr Dunn anticipated his trip would be enlightening and expected to learn from volunteers, and in turn do what was possible to make their life easier and the lives of those impacted by cancer.
He felt the trip was important for Cancer Council Queensland to show they did listen to volunteers, took on board feedback, and amended change and adapted to suit the 155,000 volunteers and their patients.