At Long Last

25 Jun, 2008 12:45 PM

AFTER more than years of intensive fundraising the new Cancer Services Centre in Milton will open its doors to the public this weekend.

The centre will be open from Sunday (June 29) through to Wednesday (July 2) for a series of community open days and member of the local community are being encouraged to join members of the Cancer Outpatients Appeal Committee on a tour of the facility.

Appeal president Dee Carrington said it had taken four-and-a-half years of intensive fundraising by the committee along with over 75 different community groups and a grant of almost $500,000 from the Australian Government to reach the point where the centre was ready to be commissioned to provide chemotherapy and a range of cancer support services for local cancer patients, their families and carers.



Dee's Honour


30 Jan, 2008 10:18 AM

DEE Carrington has been named the Australia Day Shoalhaven Citizen of the Year, recognising her tireless campaign for a cancer clinic at Milton.

The Milton Hospital Cancer Outpatients Appeal president said she was overwhelmed when mayor Greg Watson announced her name at Saturday's Australia Day Awards at Nowra Showground.

"It was a bit overwhelming really, but it was a wonderful day.

"It's a terrific honour for me and everyone involved with the appeal.

"Without a wonderful committee and the strong community support we wouldn't be getting our cancer centre," Dee said.

The outpatients appeal has been a tremendous community effort, but there's always one person who pulls all the strings together to make something happen and, in this case, that person is Dee Carrington.

She has been the driving force behind a mammoth campaign that has raised $500,000 in almost four and a half years and will culminate in March when the Milton Hospital Cancer Services and Support Centre finally opens its doors.

Dee has become the face of the appeal handling publicity and marketing, spearheading countless fundraising events, liaising with politicians, doctors, hospital staff and the area health service and finally coordinating the centre's design and building team.