2018 Campaign funds to continue the Art and Music Therapy Program into 2019
Funds raised by supporters of the Concord Cancer Centre will be used to provide art and music therapy classes for survivorship patients, who attend the CRGH survivorship cottage.
The music therapy program offers a range of musical experiences with the focus on listening to music, and creating music by singing and playing simple
instruments. The music is generally improvised and involves playing simple rhythms and melodies in the way that offers a rich and fulfilling experience both for the individual and the group as a whole. To participate, no previous experience or music skills are necessary. The sessions provide a number of known benefits including;
- creative outlet for patients
- goal oriented focus
- social interaction
- improved symptom control
- enhanced mental wellbeing
Additional funds enabled the purchase of a roho pressure mattress that has been added to the palliative care equipment loan pool for the district, and recliner chairs for patients with pressure care and seating needs.
Concord Cancer Centre - Weekly Dry July fundraiser BBQ
Throughout the month of July, Concord Cancer Centre held a Dry July fundraiser BBQ every Thursday at Concord Hospital’s ‘Market Day’. There was also a Concord Cancer Centre Dry July raffle, which included generous prizes donated by friends and supporters. Prizes included a signed and framed 2018 Wallabies Jersey; One month’s free F45 training (Ryde F45); and a case of Penfold’s wine (to be enjoyed post Dry July!).
In total the BBQ's raised over $1,600! Pictured are the team that made the BBQ's happen!
‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi visits Concord Cancer Centre
Concord Cancer Centre had a special visit this week from ‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi, celebrity chef and star of Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens.
In his spare time, Ed is an ambassador and keen supporter of Dry July and raising funds to support those affected by cancer.
Ed spoke to patients and families about their cancer journey, candidly capturing their stories for a special series he will share throughout July.
Concord Cancer Centre has received more than $350,000 from the Dry July Foundation in the past five years, funding initiatives such as chemotherapy chairs, a dedicated music therapy program, survivorship wellness programs and waiting room improvements.
You can sign up to go Dry in July or make a donation to the Concord Cancer Centre here: https://www.dryjuly.com/
Be sure to follow Ed’s Dry July journal on Instagram @fastedmedia.
Dry July Participants fund music therapy at Concord Hospital
The music therapy program has been running two afternoons per week at Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) in two wards: Concord Centre for Palliative Care (CCPC) and 5 East (5E) a mixed ward of Palliative, Haematology and Oncology. “It is an absolute pleasure to have Oliver as part of the multidisciplinary team within Cancer Services and Palliative Care. Oliver’s passion for music therapy is so inspiring; he absolutely loves what he does and this translates to the delivery of a high quality, individualised service
for his patients. The feedback about Oliver from both patients and staff has been extremely positive. On behalf of the patients and carers of the Concord Cancer Centre, a very special thank you to Nordoff Robbins and the Dry July Foundation for supporting Oliver’s
professional music therapy services.”
Emma Kean, Cancer Systems Innovation Manager