Presidents report

Welcome to the Spring Newsletter for 2022

I would like to begin by paying our respects and acknowledging the traditional owners of the land of the Jagera and Turrbul people, where we hold this meeting at QUT tonight. Welcome everyone and I am pleased to present the AGM Report for 2022.

It has been a successful year as we continue to provide and honor our commitment to supporting rural, regional, and remote communities and the people faced with breast or prostate cancer.

I am delighted that we have formed a fundraising subcommittee with four committed women, Dinie McConnel, Ali Bull, Emma Crosby, and Lizzie Chandler. At their recent community fundraiser in August for the annual Brookfield Showgrounds, they donated $7,500 to the BPCAQ from a percentage of the day. This is extraordinary support, and we thank them enormously. They are planning a BPCAQ fundraiser later in 2023, so watch this space, and the BPCAQ Facebook!

The Emerald subcommittee had another very successful Annual Charity Dinner that raised over $20,000 for their community. They are a very active and committed group. We have been able to secure the Breast & Prostate Clinical Nurse in Goondiwindi, Genevieve Behrend as an FTE 0.1 position, with the commitment of Qld Health taking the position on from 1 July 2023 at a FTE 0.2 position. Genevieve’s predecessor, Justine Gaynor held a very successful Paint N Sip event in Gundy. This is a very important position for the community.

BPCAQ has approved 40 patient assistant grants through the sub-committees in their rural area, for the financial year.

Pammie Ellem, our Board member in Bundaberg, is looking into the benefits of the BPCAQ belonging to the ACN (Australian College of Nursing). This could be an advantage to our nurses who may use the benefits of our being affiliated.

The St Luke’s Anglican School in Bundaberg held its annual Ladies Afternoon Tea for over 500 ladies which was a huge success.

The West N Breast in Longreach has used some of its funds to provide IT equipment for the Barcaldine Hospital. Joy McClymont from Longreach is an online fitness trainer, who has written an article for the Spring Newsletter. Joy is a mum, grazier, fitness trainer, and a great believer in health and wellness.

Tracey Plumridge, our former office administrator, has collated a history of the past 30 years and it will be completed to celebrate our thirty years in 2023.

I’d like to thank my fellow Board members for their continued support and dedication and assistance in continuing our commitment. To our Patron Glenda Powell and Vice Patron, Marie Burke, we appreciate your relationship and advocacy.

Also, I’d like to thank our office administrator, Jacqui Lowrie, for the work she carries out in the office. She stays connected with the subcommittees and patients with her caring personality. She also keeps the office finances in check with the help of our treasurer, Rebecca Otto.

We have taken a 3 year lease with QUT in the Health Building at Kelvin Grove, which is the perfect space for us to have our office.

Thank you to our donors who have been very generous, and we appreciate the support that enables us to can keep delivering our obligation and purpose.

Gina Fairfax