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Northern Beaches Businesses Urged to Support Cancer Treatment Options

March 21, 2022

Northern Beaches businesses are being urged to find out more about the prevalence and impact of cancer for people on the Northern Beaches by attending the first annual fundraising soirée of the Northern Beaches Community Cancer Charity (NBCCC) on March 31st at Manly Skiff Club.

The guest speaker will be A/Professor Peter Thomas, Chief Medical Officer of the Northern Beaches Hospital.

A/Professor Thomas will elaborate on the work being done within the Oncology department at the hospital, as well as the contribution clinical trials make to building the research capacity and enhancing the reputation and credibility of the hospital.

NBCCC was launched last year and has since raised enough funds to establish a Wig Library for cancer patients requiring wigs; to co-fund a senior Registered Nurse position as a coordinator for clinical trials; and to purchase the three vital pieces of equipment required for clinical trials.

“What the recent equipment purchase [two medical freezers and a centrifuge] means is that the Oncology department now has the equipment it needs for the conduct of clinical trials,” according to the NBCCC Chair, Bonita Mersiades.

“Clinical trials can improve the quality of life for cancer patients by giving them access to the latest cutting-edge research and medical advances.”

Ms Mersiades says it’s a welcome development for the Northern Beaches community because it means people requiring treatment do not have to travel outside of the area to take part in world-leading research.

“The more we can support the Oncology department to deliver the same level of services cancer patients receive elsewhere, the better it is for the local community.”

As well as hearing from A/Professor Thomas, the Annual Fundraising Soirée will include a complimentary drink on arrival, canapés, jazz from Peter Landon, raffle, and auction. The MC is SBS Dateline’s Darren Mara.

Local businesses will also learn how they can support NBCCC in its work through various partner packages.

Tickets are $80/person, tax deductible, and can be purchased online at

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