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QCoal Foundation commits to life-changing support for regional cancer patients

Through the award of a Community Growth Grant, the QCoal Foundation is supporting the establishment of a new support program for cancer patients in the Central Queensland region.

With the $15,000 grant, the Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland will establish a Patient Grants and Nurse Education Program to cover an area from Mackay north to Bowen and west to Clermont that has not previously been served by the program.

QCoal Foundation CEO Sylvia Bhatia said the QCoal Foundation was particularly drawn to the unique nature of this program.

“The Association plans to use the funding to establish a grant program to support patients and educate health professionals who are caring for patients with breast or prostate cancer.  It is intended that the QCoal Foundation support will be start up funding to leverage and attract other community support,” Ms Bhatia said.

“The QCoal Foundation felt that the funding would benefit many patients and health professionals across the region by stepping in where other programs do not exist or are not available.

“We commend the Association on this approach and look forward to partnering with them in 2020,” Ms Bhatia said.

Breast and Prostate Cancer Association of Queensland Board Member Michael Crouch said that, based on experiences across Queensland, the Association was confident of the outcomes of this program.

“There is strong need in the region from patients, particularly those travelling for treatment and for nurses to continue to further their education,” Mr Crouch said.

“We will establish a local sub-committee which is important to bring the community together to support our services.”

The QCoal Foundation Community Grant Program has been established to encourage community-led initiatives to improve liveability, health and education in communities throughout regional and remote Queensland.