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, the Medical Oncology Research Unit at Canberra Hospital and the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.
The major share of monies raised has been used for creating assistance for our cancer care nurses caring for patients in the Monaro region. In addition equipment has been purchased for Delegate, Bombala and Cooma Health Services.
In 2012 mcCr founded the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) which provides assistance to families who are facing a cancer diagnoses. FAS offers assistance with household bills, fuel and medical expenses.