Can Assist Narrabri is succession planning and calling for new members to help run the branch to ensure local cancer patients continue to receive the essential assistance provided since 2000.

A cancer diagnosis in rural NSW is often associated with the additional burdens and financial cost of travelling long distances to treatments.

A cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming, as can the ongoing associated costs.

When Can Assist can take away just one burden, that is one less thing to worry about and we hope it takes some pressure off the patient and their family.

Can Assist provides practical and financial support in the form of accommodation, travel, fuel vouchers and utilities payments, to name a few.

Can Assist Narrabri supports on average 40 patients a year.

We help any cancer at any age. When people are at their most vulnerable, to know the community can assist and do the little things that means so much to the individual and their families.

We don’t have the magic wand to take away the cancer but we can take away some of the financial pressure.

The existing members and executives would like to increase membership and take expressions from those interested in joining the executive team.

It’s time for us to source and support new volunteers so the branch will continue this valuable service to the community.

Can Assist is grass roots and that’s why it resonates within the community.

Its local volunteers support local families affected by cancer.

A membership sign up drive will be held on Saturday at the Narrabri Markets (see classified advertisement). Just look for the bright yellow Can Assist shade tent.

Membership is just $5 annually.

Can Assist network is in its 65th year and the local Narrabri branch was established in 2000. It is a community-based volunteer network, supported with an administration office in Sydney. Run locally by volunteers, all money raised locally stays local. The existing branch executive having been in the roles for many years are now succession planning to ensure the continuance and longevity of the branch.

We need the next generation of volunteers to come forward.

The branch is well equipped financially thanks to the support of our local community but it’s now time for new, interested locals to get involved to ensure our community continues to receive the assistance that often goes overlooked.

The branch will be looking for nominations of president, secretary and treasurer at the annual business meeting scheduled for January 2021.

Many hands make light work and these roles will not be arduous if we have willingness to help share the load.

Please come along and learn how you can help your community whilst meeting new people and sharing in the benefits of volunteering.

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