The Lilli Pilli ladies have raised more than $16,000 which will be donated to support local cancer patients.The funds raised will be used to purchase a Centrifuge machine for the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute (MNCCI) campus in Port Macquarie, which enables medical staff to look at a cancer patient’s blood tests before proceeding with treatment. The funds will also be used to purchase two sofa bed lounges for the Kempsey Palliative Care Unit. The Lilli Pilli Ladies raised the funds through several highly successful community activities including a high tea event.
Lilli Pilli Lady Judy Saul said each member of the group had been touched by cancer, and were trying to help do their bit towards helping cancer patients. “Having seen patients in the Kempsey Palliative Care Unit going through their cancer treatments, we just wanted to make their journey, and that of their families, a little easier and more comfortable,” Mrs Saul said.
“We have the most generous community in Kempsey, including some wonderful local business people who are just fantastic at coming together to support each other.”
We have the most generous community in Kempsey, including some wonderful local business people who are just fantastic at coming together to support each other.Judy Saul
“Because cancer patients from Kempsey often need to travel to Port Macquarie for their treatment, we wanted to give donations to both the Kempsey District Hospital and the Port Macquarie MNCCI campus.”
Mid North Coast cancer institute nursing unit manager Jenny Baroutis said the group had done an extraordinary job in their fundraising and deserved recognition for their efforts.
“We are lucky to have such wonderful, supportive groups in our community who work so hard to help support local cancer patients and their families,” Ms Baroutis said.
Locals took the the Argus Facebook page to show their gratitude.
“Thank you so much to the Lilli Pilli Ladies. Those dealing with cancer can often feel quite isolated but, when you realise that this magnificent group of women are walking with you, somehow their strength becomes your strength,” one commenter stated.
“Great job ladys thank you for helping out the people and staff,” another commented.