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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 2010) . . Page.. 4670 ..

know, I was pleased to take part in the event, and I am grateful for the generous support offered to the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group through my involvement.

I would like to thank the following organisations in particular: Ryleho Home Solutions, Maria Selleck Properties, Metro Constructions, Consolidated Building Ltd, Canberra Airport Group and Peak Property Group. I would also like to thank the individuals that made donations to my fundraising efforts or attended on the night.

The Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group was founded by Yvonne Cuschieri in 1986 with a goal to provide emotional support and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. The group is a not-for-profit organisation which relies on the generosity of businesses and the local community, and fundraising such as the Canberra bachelor of the year event, to carry on its good work.

I would like to commend the members of the group’s board: founder Yvonne Cuschieri; president, Caroline Comparelli; treasurer, Carol Williams; and members Paul Walshe, Hugh Percy, Kathy Richardson, Elaine Graham, Bernard Powderly, Andrew Herring and Dale Jordan. The board are also well assisted by many volunteers who keep the organisation running so well on a day-to-day basis.

The ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group are currently supporting 1,700 families, and counting, who live in the region and are living with all kinds of cancer. The youngest member is just two years old and their oldest is 87 years old. Thursday night’s attendees at the finale heard from both Warren and Tristen, who are both living with cancer. They relayed to the crowd their own personal experiences of being diagnosed with cancer and also gave the crowd an idea of the kind of support the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group can offer individuals and their families in times of need. Hearing from both Warren and Tristen was a really moving experience and it did reassure me why we were all there. Again, I thank all of those involved in the event and the sponsors who came on board to make the event possible.

Canberra bachelor of the year

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Rotary Club of Weston Creek

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (6.12): I would like to pass on my congratulations to Mr Coe on supporting such a good event and putting himself out there as a contender for bachelor of the year in support of such a worthy cause. Well done.

A few weeks ago, on 24 September, I and other members of the Assembly went to King O’Malley’s and supported the Prostate Cancer Support Group of the ACT at the minister’s barbecue. The event was held in City Walk outside King O’Malley’s in Civic and was supported by Peter Barclay, who is the owner of King O’Malley’s, and Dean Hall from the CFMEU. We cooked over $600 worth of sausage sandwiches and sold them to the many people who attended the event.

As I said, there were seven members of the Assembly at the event, and most of us actively participated in the cooking and selling operations. I would like to note that

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