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Vic. quilting leader is coming to Toc.

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June 15, 2018

Heather Redwood and her blues quilt.

Judy Williams and her i-spy quilt.

Tocumwal Local Health Advisory Committee chair Ruth Silvester with the new LHAC Banner.

Tocumwal Sew ‘n’ Sews and the Tocumwal Girls Shed have been advised that Marie Lee, president of Victorian Quilters and leader of the Very Snuggly Baby Quilt project, will be in Tocumwal on September 24.

She will attend the combined workshop/quilt-in at the Aerodrome Terminal Building when there will be a gathering of quilters who will be making quilts for sick children in the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Anyone who can sew or iron or make coffee is invited to come along and help out on the day.

If you do sew and have a machine bring it along. Marie will arrive with all sorts of fabrics cut ready to be crafted into little quilts.

Members of Tocumwal Girls’ Shed, thanks to kind donations from the Community Op Shop, have been making quilts prior to the event and these will be counted in the tally on the day.

There is a great competition going on between Tocumwal and Numurkah, which will have a quilt-in on September 22, as to how many quilts each town can send back to Melbourne with Marie.

So far Tocumwal is in the lead.

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Specialist cancer nurses Michelle Parish and Sonia Strachan spoke to a group of interested folk at the Local Health Advisory Committee and Tocumwal Hospital Auxiliary Cancer Awareness and Detection Day.

It was held at the Tocumwal War Memorial Hall last Tuesday.

People enjoyed the warmth in the hall, and the yummy soup and morning and afternoon teas, while they listened to the nurses speak.

In their talks, the two nurses explained their roles in the oncology team and a little about their public relations work speaking to community groups and how rewarding that was to them and the community.

Michelle said she had recently spoken to a senior high school group of young men and women about early detection of breast cancer, and was most impressed with how they handled the subject matter and the mature questions they asked after the talk.

Michelle is a Jane McGrath Breast Cancer Nurse and is based at the Peter Copulos Wellness Centre at GV Health.

Breast care nurses are specialist trained registered nurses, qualified in breast care.

Michelle coordinates care, provides information, psychological support and referral to services supporting people with breast cancer and their families or carers across Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie Shires, and the Southern Riverina regardless of their treating centre, be it rural or metropolitan.

As a breast care nurse, Michelle plays a valuable role in providing breast awareness education to community groups and other health professionals about early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The breast care nurse is a free service. Patients can self-refer to the nurses by phone, email or by visiting the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre at GV Health.

Sonia is the Prostate Support Nurse and plays a vital role in the ongoing management of prostate cancer patients as a patient advocate and through the co-ordination of care for patients, their families and carers.

The Prostate Support Nurse also plays a valuable role in providing education and raising awareness about early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.

This is another free service and patients can self-refer to the nurse by phone, email or by visiting the Peter Copulos Wellness Centre at GV Health. It is open from 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, or phone (03)58323777.

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Also at the Cancer Awareness and Detection Day, the newly formed Tocumwal Cancer Support Group and the Tocumwal Library had a table full of books on wellness and ways to achieve it.

They also had a raffle. Those who did not manage to get tickets last Tuesday can get some at the Tocumwal Library.

A big thanks to Anne Nevins, and our librarian Rebecca Smithers.

After the nurses’ talks people were able to go to the library display and gather more information on the subject from the reading matter available in our library.

The books are now back in the library if you want further information on these subjects.

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Probus meets again this week, on Thursday at 10am.

Probus is a great way to meet, socialise and make friends with fellow ‘Tocumwalites’ and people with common interests.

This month Robert Biggs, a support driver for three men riding bikes from Perth to Sydney, will be the guest speaker and give you a behind the scene look at a long distance bike ride.

The Tocumwal Football Netball Club’s great cooks will be providing the morning tea, in the Pavilion.

Those in Probus going to the Christmas in July are asked to bring their $30 cash in an envelope to make sure they get a seat at the table.

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Oh dear. Mr Bowman had a very restless Friday night as he had not been down on his knees to the weather gods enough before Saturday’s Foreshore Market.

Who knows what the weather gods were thinking; maybe they had their hands full with the real Queen’s birthday in the old dart and all the fireworks and crackers going off.

But all was not lost for on Friday we welcomed some beautiful rain and the grain farmers and gardeners welcomed it with open arms.

On Saturday it was like magic, the clouds blew away and Saturday’s market day was clear and bright.

Gardeners were making the most of the change in the weather and were making the plant sellers at the market very happy.

The stallholders who took a great chance on the weather were pleased with all the visitors to the area coming along and having a look and finding some treasures.

Many of these people also managed to get up to Deniliquin St and the coffee and food shops enjoyed the extra customers.

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Tocumwal and Finley Catholic Parish will welcome a new priest at the end of June.

Fr Stephen Onyekwere has been the assistant priest in Albury and this will be his first parish.

The joint parishes of Tocumwal and Finley have been without a permanent priest since Christmas 2017 when Fr Martin Cruickshank took up a position as administrator in North Albury.

Since then the parish has been serviced by priests coming weekly from Wagga Wagga.

The people of Tocumwal have welcomed these men into their homes and provided an evening meal for them after the 5.30pm Mass on a Saturday evening.

Father Stephen will be a most welcome addition to the parish.

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Sunday saw the Uniting Church almost filled with the gathering of Anglican, Presbyterian and Uniting Church members for an inspiring service led by Steve Nonneman, who is a member of the Uniting Church.

It is great to see how these combined church services are being embraced and enjoyed by all.

Coming events:

●Combined shared dinner – Saturday, June 30 at the Anglican Church, Finley St at 6.30pm. Anyone who wishes to attend is more than welcome.

●Combined service – Sunday, July 8 at Anglican Church , at 8.30am.

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This Sunday, June 17 is the next day earmarked for making Boomerang Bags.

Bring your sewing machine along to the Tocumwal Memorial Hall for a fun day making bags.

The bags are all cut out, you just need to be able to sew a straight line to make one.

If you do not know how already, you will be taught how to box a corner and turn a hem.

This is an ideal time for young people to come along and learn to sew, all the while saving the earth from plastic bags.

All fabrics have been donated by our wonderful local Op Shops, who are doing their bit to help with recycling and sending less to waste.

Last time Boomerang Bags had a give-away, 150 bags went to new homes.

It is interesting to see how many people are using them to do away with the single use plastic bags in the supermarket.

Yes, you read that right, Boomerang Bags are given away for free.

There will be another hand out before July when supermarkets will no long be using single use plastic bags at the checkout.

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This week’s highlighted volunteer group is the Tocumwal Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC).

Tocumwal is lucky to have the group of people who make up our LHAC to assist us with health information and what’s available locally and further afield for wellness.

About 240 volunteers work with hospital sites across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District as consumer advocates.

These members of LHAC provide important feedback to the Local Health District about the health service needs and concerns of local communities.

LHAC members get involved in service planning and priority setting, and work tirelessly to raise awareness in their local communities to improve health and wellness.

‘‘LHACs contribute in many positive ways to improve the experience for our patients, and in support of carers, families and staff,’’ community engagement manager Setchen Brimson said.

‘‘We rely on their commitment, skills, time and energy in providing the best quality care to people in our region.’’

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) aims to empower local people through the LHAC to be involved in decisions about the health care they receive.

Communities are encouraged to improve understanding of local services, and become involved in providing feedback on services

As a member of your Local Health Advisory Committee you can advocate for your local community.

You can get involved in planning, priority setting and evaluation of services and provide support for your Local Health Service.

You can support MLHD in a number of ways by joining the LHAC, and getting involved by volunteering your time for a monthly meeting and at other information functions the LHAC might organise — events such as the Cancer Council Awareness Day in the Memorial Hall and at the Tocumwal Farmers Market in April 2018 and there will be more in the coming warmer months.

Tocumwal LHAC is seeking to form partnerships with other community groups to assist in getting vital health information to those who most need it and would be very happy to hear from such organisations regarding running information sessions on important community health issues.

You can seek further information about joining LHAC from Tocumwal LHAC Chair Ruth White on 0438841400.

Otherwise go to www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/communitysupport or contact Setchen Brimson on (02)59432010 or email setchen.brimson@health.nsw.gov.au.

There is an application form on the website or you can obtain one at the hospital.

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Social secretaries and publicity officers of not-for-profit organisations may publicise their functions or work through Toc Tells.

Call Anne Jones on 58743424 or email johnanne44@bigpond.com.

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