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The Cancer Council urgently needs 14 more volunteer drivers to keep Transport to Treatment services operating in the Southern Highlands.
There are currently just 16 volunteer drivers in the area, all working hard transporting clients to their vital cancer treatment both locally and to Sydney.
Cancer Council NSW Community Programs Coordinator Emma Swords said the Southern Highlands transport service would normally operate with 30 plus drivers.
"However, recent volunteer retirement and changing personal circumstances means we are now calling out for new drivers to help us meet the needs of our community, now and in the future."
Cancer treatment usually occurs over an extended period of time and requires repeated attendance at facilities, which may be far from home.
Radiotherapy in particular requires daily attendance for up to six weeks, and many patients experience fatigue as a side effect of the treatment.
Cancer Council has 27 fleet vehicles servicing rural and regional NSW.
More than 400 volunteer drivers keep those cars moving Monday to Friday transporting patients and carers to their cancer appointments.
Ms Sword said the Cancer Council's Transport to Treatment service was a free service which provided essential practical support transporting cancer patients to their appointments locally and to Sydney.
"Our drivers are a group of dedicated, friendly people who drive one day a week or fortnightly," she said.
"If you can spare some time and have a passion for helping others, we'd love to hear from you."
To find out more, call Volunteering and Parternship coordinator for southern communities, Melaina Tate on 0423 931 112.
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