The Australian Cancer Research Foundation was one of a select number of lucky organisations to receive a generous offer from the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care’s (ADHC) to host an information stand at the 2009 Premier’s Christmas Gala Concerts on December 8 and 9 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
The Premier of NSW stages six free gala concerts each year for local seniors, a thank you for their contribution to the state and community. The concert series closes with a spectacular Christmas concert each December, attracting over 30,000 seniors from all across NSW.
This year’s Christmas Gala Concert transformed the Entertainment Centre into a spectacular “Christmas in the Park” extravaganza, with many attendees hailing it “the best concert yet”!
Cancer Research staff member Gabrielle Dunn said she was “struck by the number of survival stories that the attending seniors were keen to share.”
“Upon being handed a Newsletter, a ribbon and an introduction to the Foundation, the attendees would enthusiastically share their stories with us. ‘Yes, I had Cancer. I am a survivor,’ was proudly stated numerous times during the event.”
“In the past, the big ‘C’ was a very scary word that meant doom, but now there is definitely a strong message of hope and survival.”
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation thank ADHC very much for the opportunity to meet so many members of the NSW Senior’s community, and plans to work closely with Australian Seniors in the future.