CEO’s Report – December 2013

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and to say a huge thank you for your efforts this year.Since I was appointed CEO in May I continue to be overwhelmed by the passion and energy of our volunteers, commitment of our staff and the generosity of the Tasmanian community.It has been a fantastic year full of challenges and rewards.

We have a new president, former Burnie Mayor Sandra French, and our former president, Stephen Foster, has taken over as national president of Cancer Council Australia.

A new office has opened at Ulverstone and our Launceston Cancer Support Centre continues to go from strength to strength with the many support programs that it offers including the Wig Library which has 120 wigs for women who have lost their hair during their cancer treatment.

As well as our major fundraising events including Relay for Life, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Daffodil Day and Girls’ Night In, I continue to be blown away by the number of Tasmanians who contribute to our many community fundraisers.

In recent weeks these have included:

  • A group at Sheffield raised over $8,000 in a head shave,
  • Daffy Dave’s walk from Snug to Hobart raised $4,000,
  • The ladies from the Launceston Golf Club raised $10,500 towards the Wig Library and our general coffers
  • The Glenorchy Senior Citizens weekly dancing group, who raised more than $7,000 with their $1 a dance
  • Lorraine Headlam Garden party which raised $1,000
  • Students at Glen Dhu Primary School who held a Purple Day to raise funds

The generosity of Tasmanians is amazing – we are entrusted with their funds and must expend them wisely.

Coming up on 22 February 2014, my step son Mike and his mate Lou have been accepted in the 19km swim from Perth WA to Rottnest Island. They are busy fundraising for us at CCT, so pass onto your friends if you wish to. Mike lost his mum and Lou his dad, both when they were about 13 and within a few months of each other, so they know the impact that cancer has on a family. You can support them here.

We have made a Budget submission to the Tasmanian Government and we will continue to lobby for an increase in funding to support our vital services and prevention campaigns.

Our Budget Submission emphasised the importance of not only maintaining our existing support for Tasmanians with cancer but also having the opportunity to expand our services and prevention awareness programs.

Finally, can I thank you all again for your support since I took up this position. It is very much appreciated and I look forward to working with you all in 2014.

Please enjoy your Christmas and New Year break. Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy being with those you love.

Penny Egan