Gold Coast locals shouldn’t have to face cancer alone, which is why Cancer Council Queensland is calling on motivated volunteers to lend a hand and an ear in the fight against the disease.
Applications are now open for those interested in volunteering with the charity’s cancer support programs, including the Cancer Connect program, Community Activity Program and ESA Wig and Turban service.
Volunteers are pivotal in providing practical or emotional support to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their loved ones and offering hope and encouragement at a time when it’s needed most.
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Gold Coast volunteer Rayna Bond knows first-hand how rewarding volunteering can be. She volunteers for Cancer Council’s Community Activity Program, which involves organising and leading a weekly walking group for people affected by cancer.
“I volunteer to give back and I get an incredible amount of enjoyment from helping people through their experiences,” she said.
“I get to meet some fabulous people and the camaraderie that comes from being with others who understand what you’ve been through is pretty wonderful; there is the easiness of being natural with people who understand.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said support volunteers offered a vital service to locals impacted by cancer.
“We have several opportunities available for those who are passionate about helping people in their local community,” she said.
“Last year, people impacted by cancer across Queensland benefited from the emotional support, empathy, hope and encouragement of our community support volunteers.
“If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, have great listening skills and a friendly empathetic nature, you would be well-suited for this role.”
While some community support volunteer roles are most suited to those with a cancer experience, either as a patient or carer, there are also roles available for anyone with a passion for supporting those affected by cancer.
“We provide training and support for our volunteers – equipping them with the skills and resources to best serve those in our community who need assistance,” Ms McMillan said.
Those interested can apply before September 22 by clicking on the current volunteer opportunities tab at cancerqld.org.au, or by calling 13 11 20.