Tuesday, 4th April, 2017
By Kara de Groot
Danika Rowland’s March Charge has come to an end, and she’s proud to say she’s been able to donate nearly $2000 to a local cancer network.
Last month Danika and her team ran 250km to raise $1000 for the Cancer Council, with any excess money to be donated to the Broken Hill cancer group.
They more than fulfilled that pledge, raising a further $1750 for the Broken Hill and District Community Cancer Network (BHDCCN), which provides financial assistance for people within the area who are currently receiving cancer treatment.
This assistance can come in the form of bill payments, taxi vouchers and hotel accommodation and is run in partnership with the Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Service, local council and Medicare.
Far West LHD Cancer and Palliative Care Services director, Melissa Cumming, said the network was very grateful for the funds.
“Danika did this off her own back and it’ll support a lot of people,” Ms Cumming said.
“The network was set up a couple of years ago and our fund is now self sustaining, because the community support us,” she said.
“A lot of our clients are financially disadvantaged by having to have time off work or having operations or treatment for cancer, so whilst we don’t give out money what we do is pay their utility bills and we can also give them taxi vouchers if they’re going to Adelaide for treatment.”
Danika is already making plans for next year’s run, which she hopes will be bigger and better.
“Next year we’ll just do it for the BHDCCN, and it will be more organised, I didn’t realise just how much support I’d get,” she said.
“I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me, it wasn’t just me running, I had a whole team running with me and helping with fundraisers like the sausage sizzle.
“It’s not about me, we all have a cancer story and the more you talk to people you realise that.”