Auction, trivia night to help two midwives with breast cancer

Lisa Jackson, Sara Holcombe, Jennifer Humphreys, Therese Adijans, Ernest Cheng, Venita Robertson and Michelle Jayasuriya. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Lisa Jackson, Sara Holcombe, Jennifer Humphreys, Therese Adijans, Ernest Cheng, Venita Robertson and Michelle Jayasuriya. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Staff at Dubbo Hospital have rallied behind two of their own to help them in a time of need.

Two senior midwives have been diagnosed with breast cancer. To help cover their costs while they’re unable to work, a fundraiser has been organised at the Garden Hotel on Saturday.

The fundraiser will kick off at 6pm. There’ll be a $10 entry fee towards the cause.

The fundraiser event will be a combined trivia and auction night with plenty of great items up for grabs, including a Jimmy Choo bag.

The maternity unit is also holding a guessing competition. For a gold coin donation, members of the public can guess how many pink lollies are in the jar.

The winner will be given the jar full of lollies.

The jar can be seen and guesses can be made at the maternity unit of Dubbo Hospital.

According to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there will be more than 18,200 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2018. The organisation predicts there will be 18,807 women diagnosed with the disease and 148 males. It’s the equivalent of 50 Australians being diagnosed with the disease every day.

In 2017, breast cancer in women accounted for 28.4 per cent of all cancer diagnoses. It was higher than prostate cancer in men at 23.1 per cent and bowel cancer at 12.4 per cent.

One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before they’re 85-years-old.

Symptoms of breast cancer include new lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm, nipple sores, nipple discharge or turning in, skin of the breast dimpling, a rash or red swollen breasts.

Anyone wishing to donate an item to be auctioned on the night or looking to donate money towards the cause should call the maternity unit manager Jayne Lawrence on 6809 7501.

All money raised from the trivia and auction night, as well as the lolly guessing competition, will be given to the midwives to help with their living expenses.

More information on the fundraising auction and trivia night is available at the Breast Cancer Fundraiser for Dubbo Midwives Facebook page.