In the week of World Cancer Day, Cancer Council NSW have launched their Here for Change campaign, ahead of the upcoming NSW state election.
‘Cancer Council NSW is standing by everyone living with cancer,’ said Community Coordinator Yonit Kittay. ‘We need the NSW government to join us. Our researchers predict that over the next 25 years, 1.52 million people in NSW will be diagnosed with cancer and almost 1 in 3 people will die of cancer, unless the next NSW government acts now to change this,’ she said.
Cancer Council NSW is asking the residents of the Northern Rivers and Far North Coast to join them in calling on the next NSW government to commit to change the number of cancers diagnosed, to change the lives of people affected by cancer, to change unfair access to vital cancer support, and to change inadequate standards of care.
Byron Bay resident David Young is an experienced cancer support group facilitator and advocate working at a local, state and national level. Mr Young puts his support behind the Here for Change 2023 election priorities. He would love to see the NSW government better support people to live well during and after a cancer diagnosis.
‘There is a dire need for more emotional, medical and practical support for people recovering from cancer and dealing with ongoing medical and emotional issues after cancer treatment, particularly in regional NSW,’ he said.
Here for Change
Yonit Kittay says that in the lead up to the 2023 NSW state election, Cancer Council NSW wants the next NSW government to be Here for Change, by committing to at least one of Cancer Council NSW’s four election priorities.
‘Join us by signing our petition and pledging your support for people affected by cancer,’ she said. ‘Be here for change, be here for life.’
There’s a video accompanying the campaign, below: