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Clarence Valley volunteers call on the NSW Government to take action for a cancer free future

As part of Cancer Council’s pre-election campaign, Saving Life 2019, local Clarence Valley volunteers are calling on the next NSW Government to take action to reduce the impact of cancer in the community. Saving Life 2019 was launched on Monday 27th August at the office of MP Chris Gulaptis in Grafton and will run until the NSW election on 23 March 2019. The launch saw local Cancer Advocacy Network (CanAct) volunteer Lorraine Breust present Chris Gulaptis with the Saving Life 2019 election priorities document which details cancer issues affecting the community. Lorraine Breust, local community advocate said, “We have achieved so much to reduce cancer rates but there is much more we need to do. We’re campaigning to address issues that will help create a cancer free future.” Saving Life 2019 addresses three key areas where the State Government can make a big impact. This includes protecting the community from tobacco, tackling childhood obesity, and supporting people with lymphoedema. Christina Mastoris, Community Programs Coordinator at Cancer Council’s North Coast office said, “Every day in NSW, more than 120 people hear the words ‘you’ve got cancer’, and too many families lose someone they love.” “The next NSW Government has the power to reduce the number of people who will get cancer and ensure that people who experience cancer get the support they need,” added Ms Mastoris. Local residents have the opportunity to get behind the Saving Life 2019 campaign by signing postcards or the online petition urging the government to take action. To join the Saving Life 2019 campaign, visit