Dry July Foundation funds FOUR new Transport to Treatment vehicles!
Cancer Council Queensland will be expanding their Transport to Treatment program thanks to a $148,000 Dry July Foundation Grant.
The Transport to Treatment service aims to reduce the financial and emotional burden of cancer by providing transport to clients who are facing hardship in accessing their treatment.
“I do not know how I would have managed to get to treatment without this service – it has relieved my worries and stress.” - Transport to Treatment recipient
The service collects eligible clients from their home to a treatment facility within the designated service area and drives them home afterwards. The service is currently delivered in two locations in Queensland, Cairns and Brisbane. Thanks to the funding received from the Dry July Foundation, new vehicles will be operating in Rockhampton, Brisbane North and Brisbane South. A 7-seater van will be purchased for use in the Brisbane Metro area.
You can read more about the Transport to Treatment service here.
New tables, chairs, and bedside tables at Marylyn Mayo Lodge
Cancer Council Queensland's Marylyn Mayo Lodge in Cairns is getting some new furniture thanks to Dry July supporters.
A message from Chris Bowman – Accommodation Facilities Coordinator
Chris spends a lot of time with the patients and their carers at the lodge. He even sometimes drives the bus to take them to treatment and back.
“I am so thankful for the generous support which the Cancer Council Marylyn Mayo Lodge has received through Dry July."
"I am so excited to receive the delivery of the furniture and install it for the guests so that they can find a bright, relaxing space within their private rooms which they are allocated during their stay. Sometimes the guests are tired from treatment or too unwell to sit in a communal area so to be able to give them and their carers this fresh, warm and comfy space to relax is going to be amazing."
Olive McMahon Lodge – Kitchen Appliances
With thanks to Dry July Cancer Council Queensland has been able to successfully purchase new dine wear, glass wear, kettles, toasters, sandwich makers, cups and coffee machines for the Olive McMahon Lodge in Toowoomba.
Carol and Bryan McKay are regular stayers at the lodge. They stay every three weeks and love the services that OML provides. They feel the services the lodge offers are a wonderful option for regional people.
Carol informed CCQ on her most recent stay that one of the first things she noticed in the unit was the lovely new appliances, glassware and crockery. Carol stated it is so easy to clean the new things and makes their stay really enjoyable and easy.
Bryan loves the freshness of the new items that they are enjoying. Carol's eyes lit up when she saw the lovely new coffee machine and they plan to be regular users of this item. Making their stay more akin to their home, while away from home.
Relaxation Workshops in Queensland
Cancer Council Queensland’s Learning to Relax Workshop is an interactive, skills based workshop that has been designed to support people who are facing cancer-related challenges. In this two-hour program, participants learn more about the benefits of relaxation and are introduced to strategies and exercises that can improve coping and general well-being.
Six workshops were delivered across Queensland as part of the initial pilot program funded by Dry July, with 48 participants.
A 'train the trainer' manual is also being devolved to support this program.
Utilising the feedback from the pilot sessions CCQ has been able to improve the delivery content to train Cancer Support Coordinators which will allow them to deliver the Learning to Relax workshops in their regional offices and at the lodge facilities.
When asked which aspect of the workshop they found most helpful, participants of the pilot program said:
The guided relaxation exercises were excellent
All the content was relevant and helpful
The exercises and the group interaction
Muscle relaxation and guided imagery
Small group size
Developing a better ability to calm myself and cope with stress
The structured style
The information about the physiological aspects of stress
Since the pilot, CCQ has developed a podcast which can be accessed here: https://cancerqld.org.au/cancer-information/find-resources/podcasts-audio-files/, and is also working on telephone delivery of the program to broaden its reach.
Dry July Funds linen and lighting refit for Lodge in Toowoomba
Olive McMahon Lodge Toowoomba
During treatment, some guests often do not feel strong enough physically or emotionally to interact with other guests. Rooms become a personal haven for patients and their carers. These rooms were in need of an upgrade to the linen and lighting.
Hospitality grade soft furnishings have been chosen for service and wearability, whilst offering warmth, comfort and a sense of luxury. Lamps with a solid base will be chosen to ensure stability and safety.