Posts tagged ‘Farmers Santa Parade’

December 2, 2011

November round up

November has been a great month for the LBF, with lots going on as Christmas approaches very quickly!

I was very pleased to head to Christchurch for our Clearwater Golf Marrowthon on November 22.  The event was truly special and showed just how wonderful and generous the people of Canterbury are! To raise $38,000 for the LBF after such a tough year was an absolutely outstanding achievement.  I was thrilled to see the 24 players enjoy themselves taking on 100 holes.  It was particularly fantastic to see three myeloma patients tackle the challenge, especially one player who had undergone chemotherapy the previous day – what an outstanding effort!  Many golfers were playing in support of loved ones who have blood cancer, and it was so wonderful to meet so many family members and two very young patients on the day.

The support we had for the Farmers Santa Parade last weekend was also phenomenal!  We had an army of 200 volunteers collecting for us who gave it their all, and wowed the crowds lining the streets of Auckland ‘s CBD. They helped us collect a record amount of over $14,000.  A very, very big thank you to everyone who took part and for Farmers for involving us in their parade and for all they do for us throughout the year.

Finally I thought you may be interested reading an article written by Associate Professor Brian Cox that was published in the New Zealand Herald last week.  It focuses on the need to adopt an updated cancer plan to ensure we are measuring how effectively New Zealand is tackling cancer.   I agree wholeheartedly with Brian that it is vitally important to update cancer planning to ensure everybody in the sector agrees on a way forward and a sensible way to utilise limited resources. It is critical that cancer plans, targets, monitoring and reporting are implemented to ensure that we know how well we are doing in the battle against cancer, which is New Zealand’s biggest killer.  The statistics are shocking. I also believe the Government should draw on the knowledge of Cancer NGOs.  They play an active and vital role in the sector and it is important that their expertise is called on and valued.

Whilst monitoring radiation times is very important we also need to tackle the challenge measuring and reporting on access inequalities which are resulting in early death and poor outcomes for Maori and Pacific Island patients.

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