Supporting women with cancer in Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest

Members of the Women and Cancer Group at a recent monthly meeting.


OVER 20 years ago Anne Reynolds called a meeting to form a Breast Cancer support group.

Enthusiastic interest was shown by all who attended the initial meeting to form the Breast Cancer Group for the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest areas.

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All those who attended were in agreement that a group operating locally would be of great benefit as many of the attendees mentioned experiencing feelings of isolation.

At this time the group was under the guidelines of the Cancer Council and was in the form of monthly meetings and included monthly guest speakers.

“Over the years the decision was made to include all women who have been affected with any form of cancer, not only Breast Cancer.

“Instead of meetings with guest speakers we decided to have afternoon coffee once a month with a couple of luncheons a year,” said Lesley Kibble.

Now in 2021, the group now call themselves WAC (women and cancer), and enjoy a fun filled informal luncheon once a month.

The group no longer focuses on the intensity of cancer but on the inspiration provided from long time survivors of the group.

“Our focus is to support, encourage and develop friendships whilst sharing our strengths within a positive environment.

“Over the last 20 years we have all thrived on the positive and happy contact that has been shared,” said Lesley.

The group opens an invitation to ladies who have just been diagnosed and/or survivors to join them for conversation, laughter and comfort with friends who have been through similar circumstances.

“At the moment we have approximately 27 ladies on our mailing list including many original members.

“Each month there are about 15 ladies attending.

“During 2020 due to Covid we were unable to meet for 12 months.

“Our valued get-togethers were missed by everyone so when the time came we had to find a place that was informal with no bookings, and Covid-safe for everyone.

“Approximate numbers are required but it is not a problem if cancellations occur at the last moment which is relaxing for everyone,” said Lesley.

WAC gatherings are generally held on the first Monday of each month at 12pm at The Promenade Club House, Palm Lake Resort, Spinifex Ave.

If you are interested in joining WAC please contact Lesley Kibble on 0408676682 or at or call Carol Heylbut on 49198173.

Next meeting – Monday 1 November 2021.

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