Postal Address: P.O. Box 2147 Rosebud, 3939, Victoria, Australia.
ABOUT US - A Brief History
The Southern Peninsula Cancer Transport Group is celebrating 34 years of serving the cancer patients and families of our community by providing practical and emotional support.
Sister Carmel McFaull started the support group in response to hearing about a young mother of three having to use public transport to travel with her children to Peter McCallum Cancer Treatment Centre in Melbourne, receiving radiation treatment and travelling all the way back to the Peninsula. This was taking 3-4 hours just with travelling each day for six weeks. This was was not an ideal circumstance to cope with - treatment, children and recovering from cancer. Sister Carmel saw the need and she acted.
Sister Carmel gathered round her several volunteer drivers and like minded people such as the long serving Max Everett and Ruth Denton, and thus the Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group was born in 1987.
The Southern Peninsula Cancer Support Group changed its name in 2020 to reflect more realistically what our purpose was - that is transport. So we are now called the Southern Peninsula Cancer Transport Group. We are an incorporated and 'not for profit' organisation accredited by the Cancer Council of Victoria.
The Southern Peninsula Cancer Transport Group extends its care from Portsea to Mornington and Red Hill area.
Patients are referred to the group by their Doctor or Specialist, the treatment hospitals and by word of mouth from others who have been helped by the service.
The group has not received grants or funding and does not spend its human and time resources on fundraising- a decision made from the very outset.
The local community – Service Clubs [Rotary, Lions] sporting groups, community and private organisations and individuals have adopted the group and their financial support has been extraordinary.
Without this support and the volunteer drivers who give of their time so generously, the support group could never be able to help so many in such a practical way.
The service has provided support to many hundreds of patients each year for 34 years.