The end of an era
AFTER providing assistance for local breast cancer survivors for nearly 16 years, the Clarence Valley Breast Cancer Support Group has come to a close.
The group's chair, Margaret O'Shea, said member numbers had dwindled over the years and with the four remaining office bearers getting older, ill health had made it difficult for the group to continue meeting and running fundraising activities.
“We're all getting on, the four of us left decided it was time to pack up,” she said.
Mrs O'Shea said that with another breast cancer support group already operating in Grafton, the group was not looking for anyone else to take over the charity.
She thanked the community for its support and help with fundraising since the group formed in 1993.
“We've always had support and we're very grateful for that,” she said.
Over the years, the group has run charity events for individuals as well as helping out other charities in the area, particularly the Prostate Cancer Support Group.
She said although the Clarence Valley Breast Cancer Support Group would no longer trade as a registered charity or run events, individual members would still be happy to provide fellow breast cancer survivors with support.
“We'll always be available if people need help,” she said.
- For a full list of cancer support groups across the Clarence Valley, visit www.ncahs.nsw.gov.au/support