The Border Watch : November 15th 2013
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 17 Service pledge Health minister confi rms push for South West Victoria cancer centre HEALTH Minister Peter Dutton has re-confi rmed the Coalition’s pledge for a cancer centre in south west Victoria. The commitment was made by the new government, led by Tony Abbott, during the fi rst question time of the new parliament this week. “In responding to a question about how the Coalition Government was addressing the funding uncertainties for chemotherapy services in rural and regional areas, the minister repeated our $10m commitment to a cancer centre for south west Victoria” Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said. Mr Dutton said VIDEO ONLINE: Scan the QR code with an enabled smartphone or tablet to go direct to a video of the health minister’s comments in question time. the Warrnambool facility would be a regional cancer service designed to provide support for people who otherwise would have had to travel to Melbourne or Adelaide. “We announced the funding and that project will be delivered by this government,” Mr Tehan said. “It is testament to the commitment the Coalition has for better health services in rural and regional areas that the federal minister thought immediately of Peter’s Project when questioned about cancer services.” Mr Tehan said that in four years there had been great progress in the fi ght for a cancer centre thanks to the continued efforts of the Peter’s Project campaigners and community support. “The Napthine Government recently called for tenders for the operation of the centre and their planning stage is well and truly underway,” he said. The community has raised $3.3m towards the $5m public appeal target. “Tremendous progress has been made, but there is still more to do,” Mr Tehan said. “Together with Peter’s Project I have been working tirelessly over the past three years - we made a $10m pledge for the cancer centre during the election and I will not stop until it is delivered.” $ 298 SAVE $100 GRANDHALL GT4 BBQ 900039820 $ 168 SAVE $80 GRANDHALL PIZZA OVEN 100467871 $ HELPING HAND: Grant District Council staff Leith McEvoy and Deirdre Telford, Tanya Reddie from Tanya’s Hair Works and Rod Storan throw their support behind Bernard Stokes, who is battling cancer. Council backs Bernard’s fi ght GRANT District Council employees are rallying behind a South East resident who continues his fight against cancer. Bernard Stokes - who has two girls, Bianca, 11, and Caitlin, 9, with his wife Rebecca - was initially diagnosed with cancer in January 2013 and, following an operation, was given the all-clear shortly afterwards. But in late August following a check-up, it was found that the cancer had returned and aggressive chemotherapy was arranged immediately. This involved 42-year-old Bernard - along with a carer - travelling to Adelaide for a week at a time for chemotherapy for four to fi ve hours per day for fi ve days. This had to be done three times, each three weeks apart, with the intervening Mondays involving a 20-minute session at the Mount Gambier Hospital. Treatment was completed two weeks ago and Bernard is now awaiting fi nal tests and a CT scan. While undergoing treatment in Adelaide, Bernard stayed at the Greenhill Lodge and was grateful for the opportunity to stay in affordable accommodation with staff who were understanding and helpful. Recognising the fi nancial burden placed on the family, the staff at Grant council talked about ways of raising money for Bernard and his family, and also for the Greenhill Lodge in recognition of the fantastic work at the facility. Some of the staff have agreed to lose some hair for the fundraising effort. Long-serving employee Rod Storan will lose his moustache, which has been his recognised look for more than 30 years. Meanwhile, Leith McEvoy has agreed to lose all his facial hair after at least 10 beared years. Gaining points for the biggest sacrifi ce is Deirdre Telford, who is cutting off her long locks and donating the hair for wig making. Tanya from Tanya’s Hair Works has agreed to donate her time to make the drastic cuts on Monday, November 25. Anyone wishing to support the cause can make donations at the Grant council or by contacting Rod, Leith or Deirdre direct. Donations will also be received at Tanya’s Hairworks. All funds raised will be split equally between Bernard and his family, as well as Greenhill Lodge. $ 398 RETRO SOFA SETTING 100461031 Shop online now at masters.com.au Find a better price and we’ll beat it by 10% MASTERS MT GAMBIER 182 - 248 PENOLA RD, MT GAMBIER CALL 08 8721 0300 FOR TRADING HOURS, ADDRESS DETAILS AND INTERSTATE STORE LISTINGS GO ONLINE OR CALL 1300 337 707 The Border Watch, Friday, November 15, 2013 - 17 RED CENTRE 3 BURNER HOODED BBQ 100467775 199 SAVE $69 Make your perfect pizza at home!
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