TWEED Hospital Nurse of the Year entrant Sue Brooks is keen to raise awareness of local oncology services
TWEED Hospital Nurse of the Year entrant Sue Brooks is keen to raise awareness of local oncology services

Helping fund war on cancer



TWEED Hospital nurse Sue Brooks is set to start fundraising in earnest for the 2005 Nurse of the Year campaign, which is run by the Queensland Cancer Fund.

Tweed Hospital has a history of nurses dedicated to fundraising, with Peter Algie from The Tweed Hospital named 2004 Charity Nurse of the Year and Regional Nurse of the Year.

Mrs Brooks, an oncology clinical nurse consultant at the new Tweed Oncology Unit, said she joined the campaign to provide education and services to the local community and the Queensland Cancer Fund.

"I thought this would be a good opportunity to let the community know that oncology services are now available in the local area," she said.

"Our unit has been open 18 months and it's important to let people know we're here."

Mrs Brooks said her fundraising events included a golf day at Lakelands Gold Course at Carrara on May 13, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at The Pines Shopping Centre on May 26 and a Bear and Doll Show on May 29.

The Nurse of the Year Campaign is a statewide, community-based educational and fundraising activity, which offers nurses an opportunity to play a major role in combating cancer in the community.

Queensland Cancer Fund Gold Coast fundraising officer Vicki James said the men and women who entered the 2005 Nurse of the Year campaign were a credit to their profession.

"These nurses will not only raise money for the cancer research and patient support and education programs in Queensland, but will also help teach others about prevention and early detection," Ms James said.



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