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Cancer awareness project benefits from Council funding

Posted 31 January 2017 by (Hurstville News)

As part of the NSW Governmentandrsquo;s Stronger Communities Fund Program, Georges River Council has awarded $50,000 in funding to CanRevive to support a project which raises awareness of cancer in the Chinese community. CanRevive is a group which aims to help minimise the affect cancer has on patients and carers by providing information and emotional support services which meet cultural and linguistic needs.andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp; The funding will be used to inform Chinese residents about healthy lifestyle habits, cancer prevention, and the treatments available. andnbsp; CanRevive will be developing a healthcare guide in Chinese which will help residents to understand how Australiaandrsquo;s health system operates and how to access screening and support services. andnbsp; The organisation will also be conducting a series of information days in the local area on the various types of cancers. andnbsp; CanRevive Service Support Manager Sabrina Mann explained the importance of ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. andnbsp; andldquo;One can only imagine how distressing being diagnosed with cancer would be if English was not your first language or you were unfamiliar with the Australian health system.andrdquo; andnbsp; andldquo;CanRevive will collaborate with local hospitals, community health centres and other organisations in order ensure we are engaging with the local Chinese community.andrdquo; andnbsp; Georges River Council Administrator, John Rayner, said: andldquo;The Chinese speaking population is one of the three largest ethnic groups in the local area.andrdquo; andnbsp; andldquo;The funding will be used to engage with new migrants, cancer patients and their carers and will be valuable in raising awareness of healthy lifestyle habits.andrdquo; andnbsp; More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the Stronger Communities Fund Program. andnbsp; Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, totalling $1 million in funding for local community groups. andnbsp; For more information please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au. andnbsp;[ENDS]