Presidents report

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the BPCAQ Newsletter.  A little about myself as the fourth President of the organisation since 1994. 

Since moving to Brisbane, after 20 years on a rural cattle property in 1997, I have been involved in various voluntary organisations, and for the past 20 years with the BPCAQ. 

I am in my third term as a Trustee of the Q’ld Art Gallery, and about to step down as a Board member of La Boite Theatre after 10 years.  Our family has a Foundation which enables us to grant funding to support communities and people in regional, rural & remote parts of Q’ld and Northern Territory.  Our guidelines have 3 headings under Arts, Education and Community.  It can give the country communities the opportunity to experience events in the arts and education, that may otherwise available.

Since being involved with the BPCAQ I have helped organise many of the Rural Seminars, where health professionals volunteer their expertise to speak at the information day which have been most successful.    I was Treasurer for 12 Years.    I am keen that the Board continue the important work that we do, and deliver results supporting our country equally.

The 11 sub committees work hard in their community to raise funds to support patients and nurses in their area.   They have incredibly positive fundraising projects, and their communities are strong and protective of their community.

The Board has 11 members and we are all conscience of the meaningful work that the BPCAQ delivers, and we appreciate contributions from fundraising, and donations.

I am keen that the BPCAQ can continue the good work, and excellent outcomes, offering correspondence courses through La Trobe University in breast and prostate cancer; rural seminars / information day; research; assistance packages for patients; fund nurses to upgrade skills, and to attend conferences, and connect rural nurses to support each other; to support and be a link between doctor and patient.

We wish to pass on our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Emma Montgomery and the Weengallon Pink Ladies Day Committee. Emma sadly lost her battle with breast cancer on the 1st of March.  Emma is well known in the South West districts as a lead organiser for the WPLD Annual Luncheons, she fought hard for the cause and we are grateful to Emma and the WPLD committee who are to be credited for providing much of the funds that assisted us in the establishment of the breast care nurse in St George and Toni Jakins position in Goondiwinidi plus provide for patient assistance grants and the other services that BPCAQ provide. The St George subcommittee have included a tribute to Emma.

Gina Fairfax