Fundraising for the fight against bowel cancer

MORE than $14,200 has been raised for Bowel Cancer Australia thanks to the dedicated efforts of staff at the Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital Endoscopy Unit.

Throughout June, staff members hosted a number of fundraising events that culminated on Thursday 29 June with a celebratory cake and bake stall.

Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital chief executive officer Kathryn Berry said she was very pleased with the dedicated efforts of the hospital staff and specialists.

“Our staff and specialists are passionate about providing support for people experiencing bowel cancer and we would especially like to thank specialist gastroenterologist’s Dr Jarrad Wilson and Dr Kwang Yee for their generous donations,” she said.

“Bowel Cancer Australia is 100 per cent community-funded and it is only through such generosity that those who have been affected by bowel cancer are able to live their best lives with high quality treatment and vital support services.”

Nurse Unit manager Annie Ramsay said the team was “very proud” to give back to the community through fundraising.

“The symbol of Bowel Cancer Australia is an apple, so we held a wear red day on Red Apple Day, sold apples, second hand books and DVDs, as well as held a cake stall, raffle and sold apple pins,” she said.

“Bowel Cancer Australia is an important charity which does fantastic work and the generosity of staff, doctors and the wider hospital community is greatly appreciated.”

Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive officer Julien Wiggins gratefully acknowledged Calvary’s efforts.

“Bowel Cancer Australia thanks Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital for helping us to make real change happen for people affected by bowel cancer,” he said.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia, held throughout the month of June to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians each week.

Caption: From left, Rebecca Cooper, patient Alan Hutchinson, Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital chief executive officer Kathryn Berry, Brigette Traill, Glenys Wood, Dr Jarrad Wilson, Dr Kwang Yee, volunteer Noelene Foster, Michael Gallagher, Mission Calvary Hobart director Tony Brennan, Alyssa Pettersen and Nurse Unit manager Annie Ramsay.

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