Mayor Sam Broughton, 
Kate Reid and Judy Blair 
at the opening.

New Cancer Society Hub Opened


The Cancer Society of New Zealand, Canterbury-West Coast Division celebrated the official opening of its new Centre in Selwyn, on Thursday, August 9th. The new Centre in Rolleston is a hub for all of Selwyn, offering a range of support, information and advice to those living with and affected by cancer throughout the area.

Elizabeth Chesterman, Chief Executive commented, “the Selwyn Centre has been up and running for just over two months now and is already supporting many people in the area living with cancer. Our volunteer led Cancer Support groups are well established throughout Selwyn and the Centre will be an additional resource for them and, most importantly, for many others trying to cope with the disease.”

Jackie Claridge, Centre Co-ordinator has been heartened by the response the new Centre has received.

“People are thrilled that the Cancer Society now has a base in Selwyn,” Jackie added. “Schools have been really keen to work with us and show their support, as have other community organisations. The Selwyn Centre is here for the Selwyn community and we want people to know that they have a place to connect with to get the support they need.

“Volunteers are the life-force of our organisation and one of the valuable ways they contribute is through the volunteer driving service which supports people accessing treatment in Christchurch.”

Jackie continued by saying, “what we need in Selwyn is more driver volunteers to help meet the transport needs of the people in the district.”

The Cancer Society’s major fundraiser Daffodil Day is coming soon (August 31st) and this is a way people and groups can support the Society by raising much needed funds. Funds which assist cancer support services on offer throughout Canterbury and the West Coast.

“Look out for our volunteers and collection boxes throughout the Selwyn area, and please give generously, because with your help there is hope,” Jackie concluded.