Next month Cancer Council Queensland will launch a new home-to-treatment transport service in Brisbane.
The service, Transport to Treatment, will transport cancer patients living in Brisbane from their homes to and from cancer treatment, helping to ease the burden of the disease on those affected.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the service, set to launch at the end of October, would offer free, practical assistance to local cancer patients struggling to access transport.
“We’re proud to pilot this new service in Brisbane, offering a practical solution to those who need assistance getting to and from treatment,” Ms McMillan said.
“A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on an individual practically and financially but this service will help ease the burden of transport and parking costs for those facing hardship.
“More than 10,100 people in the greater Brisbane region are diagnosed with cancer each year and need our support.
“This door-to-door service will be staffed entirely by volunteer drivers from Monday to Friday.”
The service will start by providing transport for patients receiving treatment at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, and will continue to expand at the end of the pilot.
Ms McMillan said the service was only made possible by the support of the community and urged locals interested in lending a hand to sign up as a volunteer or sponsor.
“We simply could not do what we do without the spirit, determination, and enthusiasm of our volunteers. They are the heart of our work,” Ms McMillan said.
“Our transport volunteers will help to ensure that no one goes through cancer alone, providing vital access to transport assistance throughout each patient’s treatment.
“Transport to Treatment will be part of Cancer Council’s comprehensive range of cancer support and information services, which includes peer support programs, counselling and a free wig and turban service.”
Cancer Council Queensland currently facilitates a Volunteer Transport Service, transporting patients from airports and accommodation lodges to treatment facilities, but the expansion will enable even more people to access support.
To become a Volunteer Community Driver, apply online today at www.cancerqld.org.au/volunteeropportunities or call 1300 851 957. Applications are open until September 22.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.
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