Dr Andrew Penman, pictured, CEO of Cancer Council NSW, this week welcomed Member for Lismore Thomas George, Mayors Silver and King from Ballina and Lismore Councils, Cr Jenny Dowell, Dr Sue Page, volunteers, Area Health staff, volunteers and other supporters to view the new office in Alstonville.

“A major advantage of the new office is how it integrates working space for staff and volunteers,” Dr Penman said.

“We are now in a position to work alongside our volunteers in an open-plan office as part of a close-knit team.”

After the launch Dr Penman used the new office for the afternoon and declared it a wonderful way to work.

“Another important benefit of the move is that we are closer to the main cancer treatment centre,” said Dr Penman, referring to the decision to move the office from Ballina to Alstonville.

“All staff appreciate the support from volunteers and community that makes it possible for people with cancer and their families and carers to benefit from Cancer Council research and services.

“We also appreciate the partnerships we have with council and working with Area Health in areas of common concern.

“We especially appreciate our volunteers without them our work would not be possible.”

As the leading cancer charity, Cancer Council has this year invested more than $13m in research.

Money raised in the community provides local people in the Northern Rivers with local support.

The money raised goes to funding:

  • Research
  • Patient support and information
  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Advocacy
  • Working in the community.

Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 is the gateway to many support services and cancer nurses on the Helpline can help with local information on cancer services.

The website www.cancercouncil.com also has on-line support services and information.

The new office is on the corner of Main and Green streets, Alstonville.