The GNO Supportive Care Fund

The Echuca-Moama Girls Night Out (GNO) charity was founded in 2008 by a small collective of women who have each experienced first-hand the impact of cancer upon loved ones.

The GNO movement connects, embraces and engages the sisterhood of our community to shape a strong and vibrant network of women who are there for each other in times of need.

Our treasured past-committee member Michelle Noelker was the inspiration behind the crusade and her legacy continues to guide our way.

Michelle lost her brave battle with cancer on September 30, 2010. She was 38-years-old.

100% of proceeds raised through our events go directly to the GNO Oncology Department Supportive Care Program, which was established in partnership with Echuca Regional Health to provide meaningful assistance to local cancer patients.

The program is managed by the oncology service at Echuca Regional Health and provides financial assistance for supportive care including counselling sessions, (including therapy for children affected by a cancer diagnosis), oncology massage to treat pain and other side effects of cancer surgery, wigs, alternative therapies, lymphodeama garments, rent payments, fuel cards, accommodation, home care and child care.

Since 2008, GNO events have raised more than $330,000 for the supportive care program and more than 500 local families have received support from the fund to help cover the hidden cost of their cancer treatment.

All those accessing the program are supported by the absolutely amazing specialist cancer nursing team at ERH who work closely with patients and families to assess needs and coordinate care related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to raising funds for the oncology department, GNO also helped secure vital funding from the McGrath Foundation for a dedicated McGrath Breast Care Nurse who commenced work at ERH in 2012.

Our breast care nurse has been a shining light for so many local women undergoing treatment for breast cancer – providing extraordinarily intimate support, improving their continuity of care and minimising the stress and trauma of their breast cancer experience.

The GNO sisterhood are incredibly passionate about the work they are doing to try to lighten the load for those walking the cancer path and we thank you so wholeheartedly for embracing GNO with open arms.

If you would like to make a donation to the GNO Oncology Department Supportive Care Program please contact us* for details.

Fundraising Tally

Total: $ 330,000AUD

Since 2008, the GNO charity has raised $330,000. This figure includes
proceeds raised at GNO fundraising events and additional donations from the
community.

Latest Event

GNO Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Sunday May 26 @ Junction Moama (3.30pm – 7.30pm)

‘Help Us Raise $50K’

Total Fundraising Tally – $65,000

 

$20,000 Prize Draw winners

1st Prize: Ultimate Spa Package – valued at $16,000

Generously donated by Naughtons Pools, Compass, Insnrg, Buildpro Echuca, Echuca Mini Mix & Nick Naujok Bobcat & Tipper Hire

Winner: Neil Pankhurst

 

2nd Prize: Backyard Blitz – valued at $3,569

Generously donated by Coolabah Turf, The Garden Planners, Kennaughs Garden Centre & JMK Landscaping

Winner: Sarah Kornmann

 

3rd Prize: Daylesford Weekend Getaway valued at $800

Generously donated by Echuca Travel. Two nights luxury accommodation in Daylesford for four adults.

Winner: Amy Wickham

 

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Support

our next fundraiser!

Our charity relies heavily on the generous sponsorship and donations of individuals and businesses in the Echuca Moama and district community.
You can support GNO events in the following ways:

  • Become a sponsor
  • Donate an auction prize
  • Donate a raffle prize

 

You can also make a personal donation to the GNO Supportive Care Fund anytime via direct debit.

GNO Echuca Moama

BSB: 633 000

Account: 165470139

Please include the reference “GNO Donation” and your full name on any deposits.
If you require a receipt please email the GNO committee: gnoechucamoama@gmail.com

 

If you would like to support the important work of GNO, or to SUBSCRIBE to our database, please get in touch using the contact form below.

“A cancer diagnosis is usually unexpected, scary and never convenient.

The hidden cost of dealing with cancer treatment can cause anxiety and hardship and although some financial support is available through the Cancer Council and travel reimbursement schemes, people can still face financial strain.

This is where the GNO Supportive Care Fund is so valuable to the people in our community. Those funds are utilised to purchase services or goods that are vitally important or necessary for people having cancer treatment but otherwise not funded by government sources. This flexibility is wonderful for people as they can access some support where the greatest financial need is for them.

From a nursing point of view, we are so thankful to have the GNO Supportive Care Fund enabling us to assist with worries and distress that our patients experience. We see how grateful recipients are, particularly when they realise that the funds come from the community for the community.”

ERH Oncology Department Nurse Unit Manager Lyn Jeffreson

Meet the GNO Fundraising Committee

Thanks to our Major Sponsor - Moama Bowling Club

Since 2008, MBC has been by our side, contributing to GNO events through direct sponsorship and hosting our functions in their stunning facilities year in, year out. They’ve kicked in an enormous $69,000 to the cause and their ongoing financial commitment is an incredible act of corporate citizenship. GNO is extremely grateful to have the absolute backing of MBC in this grassroots initiative which is having a meaningful impact on the everyday lives of so many people. Looking to become a sponsor? Click here to find out how.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about GNO?

Click any of the questions below:

What is GNO?

The Echuca Moama Girls Night Out (GNO) charity was founded in 2008 by a small collective of women who have each experienced first-hand the impact of cancer upon loved ones. The GNO movement connects, embraces and engages the sisterhood of our community to shape a strong and vibrant network of women who are there for each other in times of need.

Where do funds raised by GNO go?

100% of proceeds raised through our events remain in our community and go directly to the GNO Oncology Department Supportive Care Program, which was established in partnership with Echuca Regional Health to provide meaningful assistance to local cancer patients. Funds donated are held in the ERH Oncology Donations account. GNO does not deduct a management fee and all administration costs are carried by the volunteer GNO committee members. In addition to raising funds for the oncology department, GNO also helped secure vital funding from the McGrath Foundation for a dedicated McGrath Breast Care Nurse who commenced work at ERH in 2012. Our breast care nurse has been a shining light for so many local women undergoing treatment for breast cancer – providing extraordinarily intimate support, improving their continuity of care and minimising the stress and trauma of their breast cancer experience.

How does the GNO Supportive Care Fund work?

The program is managed by the oncology service at Echuca Regional Health and funds can only be approved and accessed by the Ambulatory Services Nurse Unit Manager and cancer support nurse. Funds are only used where the purchase of the goods or services cannot be otherwise funded. Supportive Care funding covers any treatment, service or goods that assist an oncology patient during their cancer journey including:

  • counseling sessions for patients and their families, (including therapy for children affected by a cancer diagnosis)
  • oncology massage to treat pain and other side effects of cancer surgery
  • wigs
  • alternative therapies
  • subsequent breast prosthesis NSW patients
  • lymphodeama garments
  • travel assistance to attend treatments or specialist appointments
  • accommodation to attend treatments or specialist appointments
  • rent payments, utility payments, home care and child care.
  • assistance with registration fees, travel and accommodation for oncology staff attending conferences specifically related to best practice in oncology or palliative care.

How does the GNO charity raise its funds?

GNO stages several women-only fundraising events each year. From 2018 onwards, GNO will host one major annual fundraising event – The GNO Lazy Sunday Arvo.

How much money has GNO gifted to the community?

Since 2008, GNO events have raised $265,745.47 for the supportive care program and more than 500 local families have received support from the fund to help cover the hidden cost of their cancer treatment.

Who can receive assistance through the fund?

Anyone in the Echuca Moama district who has received a cancer diagnosis – women, men and children.

Must I be receiving treatment at Echuca Regional Health to receive assistance through the fund?

No. All Echuca Moama and district residents may receive support through the fund, regardless of where they are receiving their treatment.

What is the process for application for funds?

1. The cancer support, chemotherapy, palliative care nurse specialist or oncology patient will identify a need for supportive care funding.

2. A supportive care funding application form will be completed and approved by the Ambulatory Service Unit (ASU) Nurse Unit Manager (NUM).

3. Purchase of the goods or services are in alignment with the ERH Purchasing Policy.

4. The ASU NUM provides a quarterly expenditure report to the Girls Night Out committee. If you or someone you know requires assistance through the fund, please contact the oncology department at Echuca Regional Health and they will be happy to discuss your individual needs.

How can I make a personal donation to the GNO fund?

Click on the donate now button on this website. Donations may also be made by cheques made payable to GNO Oncology Department Supportive Care Fund – Echuca Regional Health. Cheques can be posted to: Echuca Moama GNO, PO Box 1214 Echuca, 3564. Please contact one of our committee members via email for more information.

How can our business support GNO?

Either through corporate sponsorship, or by donating goods or services for our event auctions and raffles.

Will our business receive recognition for supporting GNO?

Absolutely! Depending on your level of support, you will receive recognition through our social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram, via our website, press releases, event promotional material and at our GNO events.

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Contact GNO

For more information please contact Leonie Canham of the GNO fundraising Committee

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