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               ILLAWARRA CANCER CARERS                                                              INC
                                                                                                               20 years
                                                                                                                 2010


                                                                                          Patron: Professor P Clingan
PO BOX 1659                                                                                       CFN 11485
WOLLONGONG 2500                                                                            ABN 46 419 129 574
PRESIDENT                                                   Sue Maidman                  Phone (02) 4261 6381
SECRETARY                                                   Audrey Walsh                 Phone (02) 4229 8872
TREASURER                                                   Dianne Bourne                Phone (02) 4244 2547
WARD CO-ORDINATOR                                           Judy Mackay                  Phone (02) 4271 5989
CENTRE CO-ORDINATOR                                         Leslie Adie                  Phone (02) 4228 8865
CARERS' OFFICE                                                                                      4222 5565
                                                                                             www.illawarracancercarers.org.au




   NEWSLETTER − FEBRUARY 2010
                       IN THIS ISSUE
                                                                       Dear Carers
 General ............................................... Page 1
                                                                       Well, Christmas has come and gone and we
 Banquet News .............................................. 2         are almost at the end of the first month of
 Ward and Centre News ................................ 2               2010 – Can you believe it?
 Christmas Decorations ................................. 2             We hope that everyone had a happy
 February Sewing and Craft Day .................... 2                  Christmas and all the very best for 2010 to all
                                                                       our Members, Sponsors and Readers.
 Craft Sales ................................................... 2
                                                                       This will be an exciting year for us as we
 Mary’s Christmas Baskets ............................ 3
                                                                       celebrate 20 years of helping and working for
 Authority to Fundraise IDs ............................ 3             Illawarra cancer patients. Several functions
 Gift Wrapping ............................................... 3       will be held to celebrate this. We will let you
                                                                       know as soon as these have been organised
 Open Meetings in 2010................................. 3              and we hope that you will all be able to join in
 Recent Major Expenditure ............................ 3               where possible.
 Income ........................................................ 3     Last year ended on a good note with a very
 Biscuit Roster ............................................ 3-4       successful Basket Day organised by Mary
                                                                       Watkins. The Christmas Market Stall was
 T-Shirts ........................................................ 4   most successful and as usual, involved a lot of
 Christmas Luncheon ..................................... 4            Carers who helped in various ways as well as
                                                                       our supporters who donated items and bought
 Market Stall .................................................. 4
                                                                       goods. Then there was the very successful
 Gourmet Food .............................................. 4         Gift Wrapping – with so many Carers helping
 Thank You from Rhonda Tuohy .................... 4                    this enjoyable fundraiser. The results of these
                                                                       functions are on page three of this Newsletter.
 Dates to Remember ..................................... 4
                                                                       The Banquet Committee is now busy
 On the Lighter Side.................................... 4-5
                                                                       organising this annual function.          More
 Stop Press – Congratulations Gloria Swift..... 5                      information is on page two of this Newsletter.
 Backyard Blitz .............................................. 6
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       BANQUET MEETING
                                                before they are offered to the general
The date of our 2010 Banquet is Sunday,         public.
4 July 2010. It will be held at the City
Beach Function Centre.                         Buy a bed before they are sold out
As stated in our December Newsletter, the
theme for this year is “Angels and                    WARD AND CENTRE NEWS
Demons” so tell your friends who are            When you are working in the Centre, Security
coming with you to the Banquet as this          will lend you a card so you can get to Level 0
will give everyone time to think about          should you need to collect something for
costumes. You do not have to dress up but       patients from that area. Just make sure that
it will be fun and there could be some          you return the card to Security immediately
imagination in designing costumes.              afterwards.
                                                In the Cupboard on Level 2 there are a lot of
A variety of donations of goods or
                                                tins that Carers have sent biscuits in. When
vouchers to the value of $25.00 plus for        you are next in the Centre, please collect any
approximately 150 balloon prizes are            tin you wish for your next bake.
being received, so any that you are able to
obtain will be welcome.
We also need approximately 40 silent                  CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
auction items and 15 live auction items.        Thank you to those who helped erect and
An example from last year of the type of        dismantle the Christmas Decorations at the
items we require:         a guitar; canoe;      Centre and Ward.
holidays; boat trips; bridge climb. Any         Both areas glowed with the baubles and
help Carers can give towards these items        tinsel. Having the decorations on Level 0 of
will be gratefully appreciated.                 the Centre helped brighten the entrance for
What is our goal? We hope to raise in           those who accessed the Centre on that Level.
excess of $200,000 for 25 electronic beds
for the Oncology Ward (C7) and money for
                                                   FEBRUARY SEWING/CRAFT DAY
cancer research at Wollongong University.
                                               Sewing Days commence again on Friday,
How else can you help?                         February 26.
You can buy a bed for $2,000 and have          New Carers are always welcome to come
your family name permanently attached to       along even if you only want to come and see
the bed on a small plaque with the             what the Group does. You will be surprised.
message: “Kindly donated by XYZ family         Alternatively, you may         Jean Fleming
or company including your suburb or            4261 3115 or Eleanor Symons 4228 7637 to
town. We will also have another larger         enquire about the Group before you come.
plaque in the public area of the Ward
showing all donors’ names.                                    CRAFT SALES
Anyone interested in donating a bed            Anyone who takes craft from the Office, please
please contact Keith Wilson 4296 4007 or       enter details in the back of the ‘Signing On’
contact Keith on kwilson@internode.on.net      book so that those in charge know what is in
The beds are being SOLD NOW so don’t           stock and what needs to be replenished.
miss this opportunity to purchase a bed as     The ‘Signing On’ book is always on the desk.
they are being offered to the Cancer Carers
 ILLAWARRA CANCER CARERS                                               JANUARY 2010 – Page 3


     MARY’S CHRISTMAS BASKETS                        Some Carers have requested training and we
                                                     have a number of new Carers participating as
A big ‘Thank You’ to Mary Watkins for her hard
                                                     well as those who have done it since we
work and for organising this very successful         started. Training/retraining will be organised
fundraiser. Mary also wishes to thank all those
                                                     for us all towards the end of the year.
who helped her with this worthwhile event and
also to the many ‘customers’ who filled their
baskets with goodies.
                                                              OPEN MEETINGS IN 2010
                                                     Our first Open Meeting for 2010 will be held
    AUTHORITY TO FUNDRAISE IDs                       on Tuesday 16 March at 11.00 am in the
                                                     Sonata Room at the Master Builders Club.
We still have a number of these in our
                                                     Parking is available and there are facilities for
possession as many Carers who worked on
                                                     us to socialise over lunch or a cup of
Gift Wrapping put it back in the box.
                                                     tea/coffee after the meeting.
However anyone working at fundraising                Dianne Bourne is going to explain to us the
events will need to wear their white ID as
                                                     simple method and importance of Profit and
required by the Department of Gaming &
                                                     Loss statements that is a requirement by the
Racing. Should you require yours, just ring
                                                     Department of Gaming and Racing whenever
Sybil Bruce 4261 3690 who will be holding
                                                     we conduct a fundraiser.
your ID.
                                                     Everyone is welcome to come so we can all
Should you not have one but require it for
                                                     be kept up to date with requirements.
something, eg selling raffle tickets, Sybil will
issue you with an ID you then keep.                  It will also give you the opportunity to have
                                                     your input into our organisation.
               GIFT WRAPPING
All those who participated can be proud of                RECENT MAJOR EXPENDITURE
their achievement. This was the best result          Our Treasurer has only just returned from
that we have had so far. It was approximately        holiday and has not had time to list our
$300 greater than last year and over $100            expenditure before this goes to print so all will
better than 2006 which was our previous best         be shown in our next Newsletter.
year’s takings.
The other good news is that we have been                 INCOME December/January 2010
asked to participate again in 2010.
                                                     Please note that it is not possible to give you
                                                     all the income in this Newsletter. We will
                                                     include all figures in the March Newsletter.
                                                     Christmas Market Stall $1,556.75 and $28
                                                     Gift Wrapping                      $2,829.10
                                                     Donations                            $730.00
                                                                  BISCUIT ROSTER
                                                     New Carers:       Please         Yvonne Parry,
                                                     4229 8921 to let her know if you wish to be
                                                     included to cook biscuits at a time during the

     A customer with Leslie, Marie, Jim and Sandra
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year that suits you. You can be included in
this year’s roster.
                                                                 DATES TO REMEMBER
Roster for February:                                           Sewing/Craft Days
Marie Askham               Jean Fleming
May Smith                  Wanda Gray                                  Friday, February 26
Roster for March:                                                     at St Mary’s Catholic Church
Marylyn Mason              Rita Glossop                               Hall, Northcliffe Drive, Berkeley
                                                                      from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring a
                                                                      plate for morning tea and your
                   T-SHIRTS                                           own lunch.
Any Carer who wishes to have a white T-shirt          All Carers welcome. Just arrive or      Jean
they are still on sale at Lowes for $12.00            Fleming 4261 3115 beforehand. Jean will
each. If you want our Logo on it, just pin your       explain what is done at sewing and answer any
name on to the shirt; give it to any Committee        questions you may have.
Member with $4.00 to cover the cost of screen
                                                      Market Day Stall - Wednesday, 10 February:
printing. As soon as we have 20 Sybil will
                                                      Level 2 (Reception) Cancer Care Centre and
take them to the screen printer. You may have
our logo embroidered on the front if you wish         Level 1 Hospital, opposite the Coffee Shop.
as well as your name but that will be extra.          Open Meeting – Our first Open Meeting for
                                                      2010 will be held on Tuesday 16 March at
                                                      11 am in the Sonata Room at the Master
                                                      Builders Club. Parking is available.
         CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
This was an enjoyable, social event held in
December.                                                        ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
                                                       If you need a good laugh, try reading
               MARKET STALL                            through these children's science exam
The next Market Stall will be held on                  answers!
Wednesday, 10 February on Level 2 of the
Cancer Care Centre and Level 1 of the                  Q: Name the four seasons.
hospital opposite the Coffee Shop.                     A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
It would be appreciated if all donations are at        Q: Explain one of the processes by which
the Cancer Care Centre by Tuesday 9                    water can be made safe to drink.
February.                                              A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink
                                                       because it removes large pollutants like grit,
              GOURMET FOOD                             sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Thank you to all those who supported the               Q: How is dew formed?
annual Gourmet Food order.    I trust you              A: The sun shines down on the leaves and
enjoyed the food you ordered.                          makes them perspire.
                                                       Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
Thanks to Mary Watkins who once more                   (brilliant, love this!)
helped with the distribution. Jim Walsh                A: Keep it in the cow.
                                                       Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
                 THANK YOU                             A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and
                                                       the Moon. All water tends to flow towards
Rhonda Tuohy wishes to thank all Cancer                the moon, because there is no water on the
Carers who contacted her when there was                moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget
illness in the family and also on the birth of her     where the sun joins in this fight.
granddaughter.                                         Q: What are steroids?
                                                       A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
ILLAWARRA CANCER CARERS                                              JANUARY 2010 – Page 5


Q: What happens to your body as you                Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?
age?                                               A: Benign is what you will be after you be
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and         eight.
you get intercontinental.
Q: What happens to a boy when he                   Our thoughts and good wishes to those who
reaches puberty?                                   have been sick or otherwise indisposed
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and             recently. We hope you have a speedy
looks forward to his adultery.                     recovery.
Q: Name a major disease associated with
cigarettes.
A: Premature death.
Q: How are the main parts of the body
categorized? ( e.g. abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts -- the
brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity.      By the time this goes
The brainium contains the brain; the borax         to press Australia Day
contains the heart and lungs, and the              will be over.
abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A,       Hope everyone enjoyed
E, I, O, and U.                                    it.
Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.
Q: What does 'varicose' mean? (I do love             NOTE: The Illawarra Cancer Carers respects
this one....)                                        the privacy of all its members. No personal
A: Nearby.                                           details of individual members will be used for
Q: Give the meaning of the term                      any purpose other than that for which they are
'Caesarean Section.'                                 held, ie the operation of the organisation. No
A: The Caesarean Section is a district in            person’s personal details will be provided to any
Rome                                                 other party without express approval of that
                                                     individual




                                                   STOP PRESS:

                                                   Congratulations from all the Cancer Carers to
                                                   Gloria Swift who has been honoured with an
                                                   Order of Australia Medal for her services to
                                                   the Illawarra Breast Cancer Support Group.

                                                   This is well deserved in recognition for
                                                   pioneering the Illawarra Breast Cancer
                                                   Support Group and for all the dedication
                                                   Gloria had for the Group in over 20 years.

                                                   Well done, Gloria!
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                        The following article is reproduced from the Advertiser on
                        Wednesday 25 November 2009 with kind permission of
                        the Illawarra Mercury. Too late for our last Newsletter.

				
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