Volunteers are greatly needed in Dubbo to help cancer patients get to their treatment.
The Cancer Council runs Transport to Treatment, a free service that helps anyone in a 200 kilometre radius from Dubbo get a lift to their cancer treatment.
The service had about 20 volunteers, however, after it was decided to let those over 60-years-old rest to ensure their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, only one person has been able to help out.
Cancer Council Western NSW community lead Ricky Puata said between three or four more volunteers were needed to ensure the Transport to Treatment vehicle stayed on the road five days a week.
"Even though we're seeing a reduction in COVID cases we're still seeing 130 people diagnosed with cancer in NSW every day. That's something we need to be really conscious of. Cancer treatment doesn't stop, cancer diagnoses don't stop," Mr Puata said.
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He said the service was crucial in Dubbo because there were vast distances between where people live and their treatment.
"We have herd stories where people can't afford to get to treatment or they're unable to get to treatment and some of them are deciding not to get treatment, that's why this service is so vital, it's helping us to bridge that gap," Mr Puata said.
Volunteers need to be under 60, flexible and willing to help their local community. A car is provided, as well as training.
"A lot of our drivers, some of them have been through their own cancer journey, some of them have had partners or children who have gone through cancer. They do have an understanding of what it's like to be diagnosed and have to be supported through cancer," Mr Puata said.
"This is a way of giving back to the community and those affected by cancer."
As soon as "a sense of normality" has returned, the Cancer Council plans to have the rest of the volunteers resume driving. But for now, Mr Puata said it was a decision the charity made to ensure they weren't put at risk.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call 6392 0800 or email email@example.com.
The Cancer Council also welcomes donations to keep the service going. Donations can be made through their website.