Union helps fight breast cancer

GOOD CAUSE: Australian Workers Union secretary Peter Lamps says the union has been involved in fundraising for the McGrath Foundation.
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The McGrath Foundation’s Port Pirie breast-care nurse has been supported by members of the Australian Workers Union.

This has resulted from the foundation’sreceiving more than $33,000 raised at the annual union members dinner at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

More money is likely to be directed to the foundation as the fundraising continues next year.

Union state secretary Peter Lamps said in Port Pirie on Friday that some members had been touched by breast cancer.

“One of our male organisers actually had breast cancer,” he said.

He said the fundraising now and in future created scope for a breast-care nurse to be appointed at a location in South Australia by the foundation and supported existing services including Port Pirie’s.

“Our members attended the dinner from around the state –about 550 were from Port Pirie and Whyalla,” he said.

“We understand the money will in part fund a breast-care nurse in South Australia.

“We will meet the foundation before Christmas to see how we can make next year’s fundraising even bigger and better.”

Mr Lamps revealed that he had been indirectly affected by breast cancer.

“My wife had a double mastectomy,” he said.

“If you are the male, there is only so much you can do –you do need the support –it touches very deepty for both genders.

“My wife is fine now and lives life very well.

“It is just a pity there are not more breast-care nurses.

“I am glad they put them into the country areas, for example Port Pirie’s breast-care nurse Ros Mayfield.”

The foundation was startedwhenAustralian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath’s late wife, Jane, was diagnosed withbreast cancer.

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