The Monaro Committee for Cancer Research Inc was formed at the instigation of Jackie Sellars (Rose) whose young mother, Helen, died in 1996 after a five year battle with cancer. Inspired by her mother’s courage and spirit, Jackie was determined to ‘do something’ to continue the fight against cancer.The Committee is a non-profit organisation, run by Monaro volunteers. The original aim was to hold a major fundraiser in the Monaro district every three to four years. Funds from the functions have been distributed in two main directions – research and support for local cancer care facilities.

Research funds have been sent to The Department of Cancer Medicine at Sydney University. Head of the Department, Professor Martin Tattersall, takes a personal interest in our work and has been present at all three major functions. In 2011 we donated research funds to the Medical Oncology Research Unit at Canberra Hospital.

The major share of monies raised has been used for creating assistance for our cancer care nurses caring for patients in the Monaro region (see Funds At Work). In addition equipment has been purchased for Delegate, Bombala and Cooma Health Services.