Thursday, October 29th, 2009

VARIOUS agencies operating from Cockburn Youth Centre are coming together for a cause this November, swimming, cycling and running to help raise money for breast cancer research.

Taking part in the Triathlon Pink on November 8 at Challenge Stadium’s Venues West, staff from Youth Reach South, St John of God, Challenge TAFE, Cockburn Youth Services and the Volunteer Resource Centre will be competing as the Cockburn Youth Movement team in the 300m swim, 9km bike ride and 3km run.

Cockburn Youth Centre Coordinator Mary-Jane Rigby said the commitment to the challenge also highlighted the benefits of the centre’s co-tenancy arrangement.

“It’s all about one team and one movement, meaning all of the agencies are working together to assist young people,” she said.

“Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in Australian women, accounting for more than 13,698 new cases of breast cancer and 2800 deaths each year.

“Early detection is the best method for reducing deaths from breast cancer yet one in nine women will be diagnosed by age 85.

“We wanted to get involved as a team to help combat what is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in females.

“Survival is improving due to better detection and improved treatments which are the result of excellent research, helped by fundraising events such as Triathlon Pink.”

Since its inception in 2007, Triathlon Pink has seen more than 5000 take part in the event around Australia, raising more than $180,000.

Money raised goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the leading community-funded organisation in Australia helping to fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Associate Professor Ian Campbell, head of the Victorian Breast Cancer Research Consortium’s Breast Cancer Genetics Laboratory, said the continued support of events such as Triathlon Pink was crucial in the funding of large, collaborative breast cancer research projects.

“Triathlon Pink has been an outstanding supporter and fundraiser, and continues to spread the message about the importance of breast cancer research,” he said.

“Research takes time and we cannot make advancements without the help of the Australian community.”

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About the agencies involved:

• Cockburn Youth Services is committed to the well-being of young people aged 10 to 24 within the district providing activities, outreach support, opportunities to have a voice in the community and a purpose-built youth centre for youth to hang out in and call their own.

• Youth Reach South is a specialist mental health service in the South Metropolitan Area Health Service for people aged 13 to 24, assisting isolated young people with limited support unable to access mainstream services.

• The Cockburn Volunteer Resource Centre helps local people find volunteer positions suited to their skills and interests and provides training, resources and information to help volunteers.

• St John of God provides individual and group support, counselling and education to Aboriginal clients and families, helping with social and emotional well-being problems that can result from grief, loss, trauma, abuse, violence, substance misuse and physical health problems.

• Challenger TAFE delivers the Certificate of General Education for Adults for disengaged young people between 15 and 18 at the Cockburn Youth Centre so they can re-engage with education after previous negative experiences.

triathlonpink1-2.jpeg: The Cockburn Youth Movement team – Amy Neale, Mary-Jane Rigby, Renae Whiteford, Oonagh Vereker, Bobbie Mizen, Shannon Ryan and Kym Shortte – ready for the Triathlon Pink on November 8.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
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Several agencies working from WA youth centre come together to help raise money for breast cancer research


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