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8 November, 2020

Recognising volunteer contributions

Cairns Hinterland Hospital Health Service and the North Queensland Hospital Foundation paused to recognise several volunteer support groups in our region last week.

By Peter McCullagh

Pink in the Tropics, a volunteer group based in Mossman and Port Douglas provides much needed support to breast cancer sufferers.

The support group was formed over 11 years ago by four women dealing with breast cancer at the time. They recently held a High Tea with raffles to raise much needed funds to assist the McGrath Foundation’s work in Far North Queensland.

In addition to the fundraising event, Pink in the Tropics donates care packages to assist ladies with breast cancer. Pink in the Tropics can fund meals, house cleaning, gardening even travel to assist ladies and their families during and after treatment.

Also recognised at the thank-you morning tea was Jo Lawson from Saint Andrews Catholic College in Redlynch. The students from years 6 to 12 at Saint Andrews fundraise to purchase bags and handcrafted soap for breast cancer sufferers.

Jo Lawson, co-ordinator with Saint Andrews Catholic College explained this was a school project where the girls fundraised to assist the Breast Cancer Network Australia and McGrath Foundation.

The thank you morning tea was also attended by the Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group.

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Annette Jarrett spoke passionately about the role volunteers play in supporting patients and families.

“You are volunteers, unpaid, not because you are worth less than others, it is because you are priceless.”

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