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Friday update 22 February 2019

Giovanna_BCNAGiovanna_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 1,513
edited February 2019 in Community news and events

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Fridays update.   It has been a busy couple of weeks at BCNA and it’s hard to believe that we are almost in March. Where have the first two months of 2019 gone!  

A very big thank you to everyone that voted to keep BCNA Ambassador Shane Crawford in the African Jungle!  What an absolutely amazing effort by Shane, who took third place in this season’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…We want to thank our whole community for getting behind Crawf and BCNA and voting for him night after night.  The winner was Richard Reid who took home the crown with the $100,000 prize money being donated to his chosen charity Beyond Blue.   BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti thanked Richard who donated $10,000 to BCNA on behalf of his new friends made in the jungle.  BCNA will also receive a further donation from the proceeds of the phone calls.

Inspired Adventures

In just over a week’s time Marianne, along with sixteen other women will be trekking in Nepal to raise money for BCNA as part of our Inspired Adventures.  They will be trekking the captivating countryside and visiting the Neydo Monastery to learn more about Buddhism and ancient meditation techniques from the monks who live there. Marianne has assured me that there will be photos that I can share via the online network of her trek and adventure!  Wishing you all the best Marianne, look forward to hearing about your adventures in Nepal! 

There are more inspired adventures planned for this year. If anyone is interested in attending, see below for information.

Trek for Support Tuscany 2019 – Tuscany, Italy 1 – 10 June 2019

Jungle Trek Sumatra 2019 – Sumatra, Indonesia 1 – 8 September 2019

Tasmanian Coastal Trek - Launceston Tasmania 22 – 26 November 2019

Community highlights

1.       Newly diagnosed with mets

Thread commenced by @Glynnis who recently received the news that her breast cancer diagnosed 4 years ago had spread which was news for Glynnis and her family.  It was absolutely amazing to read the support provided to Glynnis from our online community members at this very stressful time.  Hoping that you were able to enjoy your 60th birthday celebrations and time away with your family Glynnis and wishing you all the best with your treatment.

 2.       Survivor mode

Thread commenced by @Quote_Queen_67 who was recently diagnosed with early breast cancer.  The initial shock and turmoil of the diagnosis while trying to stay calm amidst everything is a very familiar scenario.    Quote_Queen_67 received some great support from the online community and thanked everyone.

 Thank you for all this support - I am feeling very cared for by total strangers who have been on this journey. What an amazing group this is! Quote_Queen_67

 3.       Friday funnies  

Commenced in July 2018 by @kmakm, this has been a fantastic thread!  The most recent post by @Blossom1951 is hysterical!  Keep the Friday funnies coming, they provides some much needed relief and have kept the moderation team highly amused!

Community news

New category for Survivorship Issues

As a result of the recent discussion thread titled ‘2 year all –clear, 2 year all-fear’ commenced by @InkPetal, we have added a new category to the online network called ‘Now what?  The highs and lows of survivorship’.  This category highlights the ongoing emotional, physical, practical and social challenges of survivorship. 

The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre based at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria aims to optimise the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors and their carers.  They offer resources for survivors and carers, with links to current events and other community organisations that may be of assistance.  

The state based Cancer Councils offer the Cancer Wellness Program (Wellness and life after cancer, WALAC) which is for those moving from clinical treatment to survivorship.  This program is a supportive care program which aims to assist survivors to make the change from clinical management to supported self-management.  To find a program in your state please call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20.

The Melbourne AFLW team are supporting BCNA this Sunday at their game V Kangaroos at Casey Fields.

Head out to Casey Fields this Sunday February 24 as the Melbourne AFLW team show their support for Australians affected by breast cancer.

The match starts at 4.05pm, entry is free and there are lots of family activities onsite.

Melbourne’s BCNA Pink Sports Day Ambassadors Karen Paxman and Maddi Gay will be wearing pink laces to show their support and to show others how easy it is to host a Pink Sports Day.

BCNA will be there with information about Pink Sports Day, selling merchandise and fundraising.

Launceston Information Forum this Saturday 23 February 2019.

The Launceston forum will be held tomorrow on Conference Centre 50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston.  Commencing at 9 am till 3 pm the information forum will be follow by a Mini Field ceremony from 3 till 5 pm.  Planning for the next Information forum is well underway and this will be held 4 April 2019 in Dubbo NSW.  To register click here

This weeks reflective quote

The Inner Journey

Purifying the mind is not easy.  It takes a lot of time and hard work...  You need tremendous will power and determination right from the start, accepting that there will be many obstacles, and resolving that despite them all you will continue until you have attained your goal.

Dalai Lama

Hoping that you have a good weekend and are able to make some time to do something for you.

Regards Giovanna



  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,091
    Very newsy!
    Best wishes to @Marianne_BCNA and all the other trekkers 
    Wow wonderful of Richard Reid
    Some lovely people out there
  • JoannieJoannie Member Posts: 7
    edited February 2019
    I like the Dalai Lama quotes you put up Giovanna. I thought I would add a Bible verse.  

    Trust in the Lord on your long journey.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do no rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

    Have a lovely week all :)

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