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Cancer Council Victoria offers support to affected bushfire areas

Thursday 5 March, 2009


To the Editor,

I am aware that many of the Cancer Council Victoria's supporters, as well as people currently facing cancer, live in areas subjected to the recent bushfires. Our thoughts are with every Victorian impacted by the fires.

We also know that the fires are placing an additional burden upon some families facing cancer, so I am writing today to offer practical and emotional support.

Through the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20), people facing cancer can access information and support for the cost of a local call.

Our Cancer Council Helpline is staffed by experienced cancer nurses, who can quickly link people into services relevant to their needs. They are also experienced in talking to people experiencing grief and loss.

People living with cancer in bushfire zones may also benefit from our free information sheet on coping with cancer during a natural disaster. This sheet is available at or by calling the Cancer Council Helpline.

Our Financial Assistance Program may also be of assistance. We can provide small financial assistance grants to help people affected by cancer if the need is pressing. Help is delivered quickly, efficiently, and without 'redtape'. To access these grants, residents should contact the Cancer Council Helpline.

I urge any Victorian who feels that they could benefit from our assistance to contact the Cancer Council Helpline directly. While I am writing to you as a result of the bushfires, our services are ongoing, and can be accessed by any person facing cancer.

The best way to access this support is to contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6pm.



David Hill AO, PhD
Cancer Council Victoria 


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