Back On Track Exercise Program Returns to Milton Cancer Centre


The Cancer Outpatients Appeal is pleased to announce that Helen Reeson will be holding another series of “Back On Track” exercise sessions designed for cancer survivors who have completed their treatment and are at any stage of their recovery.

The program will be held in the meeting room of the Milton Cancer Centre starting on Monday July 2nd at 10am to 10:45am and running each week at this time for 7 weeks until August 13th.

Helen has designed this program specifically to build strength, reduce tightness and improve flexibility and range of motion, without involving any forceful moves or pain. Its aim is to work in harmony with the body to get each participant feeling good and on track to positive health and wellbeing. Helen will also tailor specific exercises to meet individual needs of participants.

Dee Carrington, President of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal said,” Helen’s professional experience as a lecturer in anatomy and physiology and massage therapy make her the ideal person to develop and facilitate this program. The previous sessions run by Helen received great reviews from participants and we encourage cancer survivors to take advantage of this free program. Places are limited so anyone interested should sign up as soon as possible by calling and booking their place with the Cancer Centre’s Receptionist on 4454 9164 or 4454 9168.

The COA Acquisitive Art Awards A Resounding Success.

The  official opening and presentation of awards at the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Acquisitive Art Awards took place in front of a packed audience at the Dunn Lewis Centre in Ulladulla.

Sydney based artist Pamela Griffith, well known for her portrayal of the Australian landscape in her paintings and etchings, opened the exhibition and presented the awards to sixteen local southern Shoalhaven artists. Pamela also donated a copy of her book, “Australia, An Artist’s Journey Through The Landscape” as a door prize and a colour seascape etching for the Milton Cancer Centre.

The idea for the awards stemmed from a request to the Cancer Outpatients Appeal to help provide artwork for the new Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre being built at the Shoalhaven Hospital in Nowra. Dee Carrington, President of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal said,” Rather than buy a number of existing works from a gallery we decided to hold an acquisitive competition specifically for artists in the southern Shoalhaven to provide a positive link to home for patients from our community who will attend the Nowra Cancer Centre for treatment. It also provided a special opportunity for local artists to showcase their skills and creativity in interpreting the theme “Journeys and Horizons”.

“ The theme was chosen to reflect the journey cancer patients and their carers travel as they proceed through diagnosis, treatment and recovery from this disease and we were very impressed with the artworks it engendered. In total we had 16 award winners who received prizes of $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000, along with a Peoples’ Choice Award of $1,000 which was won by Andrew Antoniou with his watercolour, “Motherland”.

“ The organising committee – myself, Sonia Smiles and Jeanne James – have received extremely positive feedback on the project and the opening night. To see all the works hanging in the gallery at the Dunn Lewis Centre was amazing and immensely satisfying for us after several months of hard work to bring the project to fruition. We are very proud of the collection of work chosen by the judges to hang in the accommodation units of the new cancer centre when it opens next year.

“Our special thanks go to the Dunn Lewis Centre, the Alley Gallery Committee, our sponsors and volunteers who all played an important role in the success of the COA Acquisitive Art Awards.”

Southern Shoalhaven Carers Day

Calling all carers – would you like to spend a few relaxing hours in comfort, having your hair done, a facial, manicure, Bowen therapy or a massage, with morning tea and lunch provided?

Then the Carers Day on Wednesday October 19 is the place for you. The aim is to give all carers a respite from their usual routine and a chance to enjoy some pampering, or if you prefer, a chance to relax and chat with other carers and enjoy a morning tea and lunch.

The Carers Day is an initiative of Milton Ulladulla Hospital. Judy Nelmes, Director of Nursing at the hospital is keen to see as many carers as possible take advantage of this special event. Judy said, “ We understand the outstanding job that carers do every day in our community and we would like to acknowledge their dedication and contribution by providing this opportunity for carers to relax and enjoy some personal services that they may not usually have time for in their busy day.”

The Carers Day will be held in the meeting area at the Cancer Services Centre at Milton Ulladulla Hospital on Wednesday, October 19 from 10am to 2pm. Carers are asked to contact Bruce on 4454 9160 to confirm attendance.

The Carers Day is sponsored by the Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

Andrew wins People's Choice Award in the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Acquisitive Art Competiton

April 28 was the closing date for voting in the COA Acquisitive Art Awards Peoples’ Choice. The judges battled their way through a box full of voting slips and after counting all the votes they announced Andrew Antoniou as the winner with his entry, a watercolour entitled “Motherland”.

Andrew is a local artist. He is a consumate draughtsman whose body of work of drawings, paintings and etchings are in a narrative style drawn from  memory, imagination and symbolism to create his images. Andrew has won many competitions for his drawings and prints, including as a finalist on several occasions in the prestigious Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, and has works in the National Art Gallery in Canberra as well as galleries around the world.

When I asked Andrew about his source of  inspiration for this artwork he said,”  I liked the theme of “Journeys and Horizons” in this context and wanted to interpret the theme away from the literal and to incorporate a sense of adventure rather than being sentimental. For cancer patients every day becomes an adventure, even though it may not be a typical one as we would normally understand the term. This work is about people, not places, and the story is reflected in the narrative which depicts a sense of that adventure and the harmony between people, animals and plants.

“It’s very rare that local artists get an opportunity like this to showcase their work for such a worthwhile project, so all thanks go to the Cancer Outpatients Appeal for initiating these awards and supporting the local art community.”

There was a total of sixteen winning entries which will hang in the accommodation units at the new Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre being built in Nowra and which will open in 2013.

Dee Carrington, President of the Appeal said,”Our congratulations go to Andrew for winning the Peoples’ Choice Award and to all the local artists who participated in this competition. We achieved our objective to acquire a body of work that reflects the wealth of creative talent in our community and we are proud to know these works will provide enjoyment and pleasure for cancer patients and a link to home when they stay in the accommodation units while undergoing their treatment.”

Acquisitive Art Awards 2012

The Cancer Outpatients Appeal Acquisitive Art Awards was a roaring success.  It was great to see so many people attend the opening at the Dunn Lewis Centre.

The awards came about after a request to the Cancer Outpatients Appeal from the LINAC committee to help with artwork for the new Nowra Cancer Centre.  The Cancer Outpatients Appeal decided to run an art competition to showcase the southern Shoalhaven region’s artists.  Local artists excelled themselves with their creative and skilled interpretation of the theme “Journeys and Horizons”.

The exhibition was officially opened by artist and cancer survivor Pamela Griffith who described the collection of works as “really beautiful” and the standard of entries was uniformly high.

The Region’s Director of Cancer Services, Anthony Arnold travelled from Wollongong for the event.  Mr. Arnold was very impressed with the quality of the work produced by the artists.

The awarded paintings will hang in the accommodation units at the Nowra Cancer Centre helping create a more welcoming environment for the enjoyment and pleasure of patients whilst undergoing their treatment at the Centre.

Andrew Antoniou  -  “Motherland”  Robyne Bamford  -  “Flight, Racecourse Beach”  Megan Boonaerts  -  “Daily Migration – Burrill Lake”  Christine Dawson  -  “Autumn Bliss”  Nicole Dixon  -  “Find A Happy Place”  Barbara Edwards  -  “Blue Skies Ahead”  Jennifer Grace  -  “The Journal”  Meagan Jacobs  -  “Fate Versus Destiny”  Greg Liersch  -  “After The Storm”  Penny Lovelock  -  “Fill My Cup”  Kathy Manning  -  “Sunlight and Shadows, Kioloa Dunes”  Yvette Murphy  -  “Journey Into The Wilderness”  Gavin Playfair  -  “Journey”  Robert Simpson  -  “White Ascension”  Wilma Southan  -  “On The Journey Together”  Julie Sydenham  -  “No Matter What”