KI Cancer Support Group news | October 2018

The Kangaroo Island Cancer Support Group held its AGM on August 27 and was well attended, with membership up for 2017/18.

Grahame Smith continues on as president with Cheryl May the secretary, Stephen White the treasurer and Alison Uren, Midge Patterson and Cherie Tyley making up the executive committee. 

“We would like to thank the many individuals and groups that have helped with some great events, such as Dry July, the Mothers Day Walk, Stalls, Lizard, Matt and Alicia’s haircuts along with those that have donated funds and goods to help us fundraise, so we can continue to support people and their families on Kangaroo Island suffering with cancer,” Cheryl May said.

“We would also like to thank all the people that have visited the KI Cancer Support Group’s shop in Murray Street, Kingscote and purchased items that have been made, cooked, sewn and grown adding to our fundraising efforts.” 

CAN MAN: Stephen Dixon has taken over the important “Cans for Cancer” fundraiser on Kangaroo Island.

CAN MAN: Stephen Dixon has taken over the important “Cans for Cancer” fundraiser on Kangaroo Island.

Many years ago, Don Dixon decided he could contribute by having bottle and can recycle bins in various places in and around Kingscote, which he sorted, recycled, and donated the proceeds to the KI Cancer Support Group

Due to Don’s health he can no longer continue, however his son Stephen has taken over the important “Cans for Cancer” fundraiser. 

“We would like to thank both Don and Stephen for the continual support and we hope you will seek out these bins in the future,” Cheryl May said. 

The Cans for Cancer bin locations are Mitre10, Kingscote tidal pool, Kingscote Ambulance Station and the Emu Bay shelter shed. 

Please look out for the KI Cancer Support Group 2019 Calendar, which is on sale in many establishments across the Island.

KI Cancer Support Group will also be attending the Kingscote Show on Saturday, October 27 with a stall full of goodies including Cancer Council sunscreen, hats and our annual Christmas Raffle. 

Members of the local Prostate Cancer Action Group will also be in attendance at the Kingscote Show, so speak with David and Peter, or Kay and Judy for current information.

International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month was in September.

The message was to encourage all men over 50 years, or 40 years if there was a family history, to talk with their GP about prostate health.

Prostate cancer testing can be a complex subject and men need to speak with their GP about what is best for them.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men, with about 20,000 men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer every year.

The great news is that 95 per cent of these men have survived beyond the five-year survival rate.

Tragically, we still lose 3,500 men to prostate cancer each year.  Early detection is vital to improve on these figures.