Solaris Cancer Care calls for community’s support
Solaris Cancer Care has launched its May we Thrive campaign so that it can continue supporting patients and their carers though the emotional and physical effects of the disease.
The independently funded charity is WA’s leading cancer support provider with five locations across the State.
The Bunbury centre is one of two uniquely positioned to provide support away from a traditionally clinical hospital environment.
Solaris chief executive David Edwards said services had to be reduced in Bunbury before last year’s May we Thrive campaign.
“We faced selling our only asset and shutting doors altogether,” he said.
“But because of the generous support towards last year’s May we Thrive and Survive campaign, we were able to reinstate Bunbury to its full working potential.”
Patients can access 320 different therapies at the centre and an average of 394 used the drop-in services per month last year.
“Importantly, regional patients can also access the service in our metropolitan centres when they need to visit Perth, creating a home away from home,” Mr Edwards said.
The centre is run by 42 volunteers delivering 300 hours of service monthly.
Mr Edwards said they offered a wealth of knowledge and had often been with the organisation for a number of years.
“Our volunteers are what makes Solaris unique and special,” he said.
“Their length of service shows a passionate belief in what we do and that their involvement is extremely rewarding.
“Many have been though their own cancer journey and want to give back so others may experience the same benefits of Solaris they welcomed at what is a very difficult time.”
To donate to the campaign visit solaristhrive.com.au.
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