Volunteer Voice Feb 19

Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards recognise inspiring individuals who lead as role models for their communities, their state, and the nation. We were thrilled to see that so many of our volunteers were recognised.  

Mhel Caple, Relay For Life committee member for Moranbah Relay For Life, with her team  won the Moranbah Australia Day Group Culture Award for their extraordinary work with Relay For Life.

Judy Johnson , who is with the ESA and hosts numerous ABMTs, as well as leading several Daffodil Day sites won the Lori Burgess Community Volunteer Award. 

In Crows Nest, The Girls Night In Crows Nest Committee won Community Event of the Year. Supporter Jacinta Willis was the primary organiser, along with committee members Toni, Sheryleigh, Nina, Sarie, Emma, Janelle and Berni. 
Patricia McCarron – Secretary of the CCQ Charters Towers Branch was nominated and featured in the Northern Miner Paper. Patricia has been volunteering with us for over a decade supporting all our fundraising campaigns throughout the year! 

Andrew Pitt was awarded the prestigious, Australia Day Defence Medal for his outstanding fundraising efforts for Cancer Council Queensland as part of Relay for Life Redcliffe. Andrew was CCQ’s highest individual fundraiser in 2018 for Redcliffe Relay for Life. 

Congratulations to the award recipients and nominees. Thank you for your commitment, enthusiasm and hard work on behalf of people with cancer across Queensland.


Meet our People – Twin Hoang

Name: Twin Hoang 

Role: Fundraising Support Officer 

How would you describe your job to someone in a different field / not familiar with CCQ?
My lovely team and I are responsible for delivering the highest standard of customer service to all our valued donors, supporters and the public who are engaged in fundraising, marketing and communications activities for CCQ.

We facilitate all outbound phone calls to past and current donors/supporters across all fundraising campaigns to secure their ongoing support. We often take part in recruiting, training and inspiring volunteers to assist in all areas of the Fundraising Support team including inbound and outbound donor communication and fundraising administration tasks. 

My favourite hobby is: hiking and watching my partner doing housework. 

A skill I wish I had: teleport, so I don’t have to sit on the train for 40 minutes to get to work everyday ???? 

Guilty pleasure: singing in the shower. 

What I enjoy most about my role at CCQ is: everyday seems like my first day at work. I get to talk, to learn and to connect with amazing human beings across Queensland. 

My pet hate is: making decisions when I’m hungry. 

My hidden talent is: Floristry. 

If I could change careers I would: love to be a zoologist. 

My worst habit is: I can turn into a clean freak sometimes when I see dust. 

I’m most proud of: everything I have, everywhere I’ve been and all the love and support I’ve received until now. 

Best advice I ever got: Life goes on – we must learn to accept and move on. 

Year started at CCQ: I started in Nov 2017. 

What three traits would you describe yourself with? Creative, organised and caring. 

Most memorable moment at CCQ: I always remember when a lovely elderly donor rang during our tax appeal period and wished to donate. She was a pensioner who had had cancer herself and said she would love to give a donation of $25 in hope it would help. She kept on apologising, saying she could not give more due to her financial circumstance and that she only had $50 dollars left until her next pension comes through. I asked if she would like to make the donation later when she had more money in her bank, as she would need to look after herself first. 

Her reply brought me to tears “I should be ok love, I will get my pension on Wednesday next week and I have a whole chicken in my fridge. There are people out there who need this money than I do.” 

Having a moment like this reminds me of the reason why I am here at CCQ. 

Is there someone that inspires you? My parents, as they taught me that our main purpose in life is to love and be loved. Apart from that, I’m inspired by many other people including my team, my relatives and friends.  


Have you heard of iheard?

‘I heard that laptops can give you cancer’ 

‘I heard that massage spreads cancer’ 

‘I heard there’s a link between dogs and breast cancer’ 

Sound familiar? Heard a story, rumour or fanciful claim about cancer and not sure if it’s true? Get the facts from iheard.com.au 

iheard is a website backed by Cancer Council Australia to dispel stories and rumours about cancer.  The website provides the truth to some common cancer myths. You can even submit your own cancer-related question and your query will be reviewed by an expert to provide an accurate, evidence-based answer. 

So next time a family member, friend or community member throw a curveball question your way, jump onto iheard and get the facts! Visit iheard.com.au 


Spot the difference

Learn how to spot the early signs of skin cancer to help you look after yourself and your loved ones all year round.  

Am I at risk? 

Anyone can develop skin cancer. However, you are at higher risk if you:  

  • Have a fair skin type that is easily sunburnt. 
  • Have spent lots of time outdoors over your lifetime. 
  • Sunbake, use solariums or sunlamps 
  • Have lots of moles 
  • Have a history of bad sunburns 
  • Have previously been diagnosed or have a family history of skin cancer 
  • Have red hair and light coloured eyes (blue or green) 

If you meet any of the above criteria speak to your doctor about developing a surveillance plan  

Check yourself and your loved ones with three simple steps 

  1. Find a room with good light and a full-length mirror.  
  2. Undress and check all of the skin, not just the exposed areas. This includes underarms, scalp, groin and soles of feet.  
  3. Ask a friend or family member to check the skin you cannot see, like on your scalp and back. You can also use a hand-held mirror.  

Some changes to look for include:

  • New moles.
  • Moles that increases in size.
  • An outline of a mole that becomes notched.
  • A spot that changes colour from brown to black or is varied.
  • A spot that becomes raised or develops a lump within it.
  • The surface of a mole becoming rough, scaly or ulcerated.
  • Moles that itch or tingle.
  • Moles that bleed or weep.
  • Spots that look different from the others.

Although you may notice some of these changes, it does not necessarily mean that you have skin cancer, however it is important that you see a health professional to have them investigated further.

For diagrams and more specific information about checking your skin, read our Spot the difference brochure.

Protect yourself  

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. Unlike the sun’s light or heat, we can’t see or feel UV. Damage can occur all year round – even in the colder months.  

Prevention is better than a cure, so it’s important to follow all five SunSmart steps during sun protection times, available on the free SunSmart app.  

Get the app  


Find out the impact Cancer Council Queensland has in your community

Our updated impact statements cover the most common cancers in each region, the services CCQ provides and funds raised. They are a great resource to use when talking about Cancer Council Queensland locally, or to support your fundraising activities.  

The services we provide across Queensland wouldn’t be possible without your support.  You enable us to be there for Queensland families when they need it most. Thank you. 

See the impact