BreastScreen Tasmania supports the homeless

TO help provide a little warmth to the many vulnerable Tasmanians left out in the cold this winter, BreastScreen Tasmania recently handed over 30 blankets to the St Vincent De Paul Society.

The donation was part of a BreastScreen Tasmania program that helps combat the stress involved with mammogram testing by offering participants a range of activities run by skilled volunteers.

The blankets, which were compiled from the squares knitted by participants of the program, will support Loui’s Van, an after-hours mobile service that provides food, information and support to those in need.

BreastScreen Tasmania state manager Gail Ward said the blankets would be distributed through Loui’s Van to the homeless and those who have difficulty keeping their homes warm through winter.

“Our partnership with the St Vincent De Paul Society is strengthened by the fact that some of the organisation’s own volunteers have been attendees at BreastScreen Tasmania’s specialist assessment clinics,” she said.

“We are pleased to be able to celebrate this generous and thoughtful work by BreastScreen clients and volunteers.

“It is a touching example of how a difficult time can be used towards something positive.”

BreastScreen Tasmania offers all women aged 50 to 74-years a free screening mammogram.

To book an appointment, phone 132 050.

Caption: St Vincent De Paul Society volunteer coordinator Marina Campbell, centre, with BreastScreen Tasmania volunteers Maria Decesare, left, and Judy Spinks.

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