Hand-in-glove patient support

Glen Innes CanAssist's Maryn Burgess and Fay Burgess model the funky gloves.
Glen Innes CanAssist's Maryn Burgess and Fay Burgess model the funky gloves.

Feeling the cold but still need to be nimble?

Glen Innes CanAssist’s latest fundraiser is perfectly timed, selling inexpensive fingerless knitted gloves in bright colours to raise awareness for the good work the committee does.

The small volunteer committee of five, headed by Maryn Burgess, fundraise and then return the proceeds to those in the Glen Innes district being treated for cancer. In contrast to some other aid organisations administration costs are minimal ($200 a year for a cheap phone plan and post office box), so practically all proceeds are returned to the community.

The group is just coming up to its fifth birthday, and in that time has provided 110 assistances totaling close to $50,000.

As the community continues to strive to support the Gill and Grob families battling leukaemia in Newcastle with their little ones Tommy and Josie respectively, such support falls right into the province of CanAssist. The group has assisted the families with vouchers, and would love to hear from others similarly affected.

CanAssist can help those in financial crisis in the form of unpaid bills for food, fuel, pharmacy, practically anything, Mrs Burgess said. The bill has to be unpaid, and in the name of the recipient.

The application for help is simple and straightforward, as well as confidential and discrete. Copies of the one-page application form are available from Home Living and from local doctors’ surgeries. Applicants just need to attach a letter from their health care provider confirming they’re being treated for cancer, and a copy of the unpaid bill.

Glen Innes Can Assist can also be reached at 0498 756 607, email canassistgleninnes@outlook.com or PO Box 221 Glen Innes NSW 2370.

To add to the funding pot and to spread the word, the group is selling the fingerless gloves around town in the lead-up to and the week of August 14. The gloves – just $5 a pair – will be available at the CanAssist street stall that week, and from other businesses around town including the Glen Innes Examiner.

The gloves are available in four bright colours.

The gloves are available in four bright colours.

One size fits most, and the gloves have a long cuff to tuck into sleeves to maximise warmth and comfort.

As well as purchasing a pair (or three) to help fund CanAssist’s work, Mrs Burgess is hoping people will wear their gloves with pride that week to demonstrate their support.


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