Enjoy a long lunch by Lake Forbes and help raise funds for new technology that helps ease lymphoedema symptoms for breast cancer patients as well as helps recovery from surgery.
Locals are fundraising for a Physio Touch machine – a mobile device - for Forbes and Parkes hospitals to share.
Fundraiser organiser Debbie Roylance said locals had become aware of the device and its benefits when the health service loaned one for a month.
McGrath breast cancer nurse Dianne Green, who will be guest speaker at the lunch, said it was used on both breast cancer patients and others who had had surgery during that time.
“We trialled it in both Forbes and Parkes physio departments and had very positive feedback,” she said.
Lymphoedema is an uncomfortable swelling that develops when lymph fluid builds up in the soft tissue, it is common after breast cancer surgery where lymph nodes are removed.
The Physio Touch helps reduce the resulting swelling and pain without the physical demand on a clinician to manually massage the patient.
The Physio Touch was introduced in Australia last year and is available at metropolitan hospitals, but only at Lourdes Private Hospital in this region.
It is being used world-wide in chronic wound management, scar healing, fibrotic tissue breakdown and lymphoedema management.
It can also be used in general scar tissue management and inflammation after hip or knee replacement.
The machine costs $22,995 – $3000 has already been raised.
The Long Lunch by the Lake is set for Sunday, November 13 with a 12.30pm start.
There will be a talk by Dianne Green and entertainment by Adam Enslow, along with a gourmet barbecue and dessert prepared by Peter Ashcroft.
Tickets cost $80 per person. Bookings close November 9, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment can be made to BSB 802 394 Account 38991 MillerdRoylance Long Lunch Fundraiser.
There will also be opportunities to purchase tickets in a monster raffle.