In 2004, three Albury Wodonga women came together with a dream of raising money for extra resources and support services for cancer patients in our region. Born out of this meeting was the beautiful calendar project “Brave Hearts – Faces of Courage, Love and Support”, featuring locals who had been diagnosed with cancer as the monthly stars. The overwhelming success of this calendar saw the birth of Brave Hearts on the Murray and a rewarding, continuing journey that has witnessed many projects aimed to support and provide assistance to the health and wellbeing of individuals and their families affected by a cancer diagnosis in the Albury Wodonga region.
The Dragon Boat Building Project which saw a group of women who were mainly breast cancer survivors become the first group of women to ever build their own dragon boat. Under the guidance of wonderful tutors at the Riverina Institute of NSW TAFE, this project allowed the women to believe in themselves, realise their strengths and recover a sense of adventure, fun and control that a cancer diagnosis can often steal. This project also saw the birth of Brave Hearts Dragon Boat Club that offers cancer survivors, their families, friends and any supporters of our cause, a chance enjoy the fun and health enriching sport of dragon boating.
Brave Hearts Wig Library– from small beginnings at the Murray Valley Hospital we now offer an extensive range of modern fashionable wigs for hire at affordable prices from our private room in the Wellness Centre of the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
Pamper Days for people who are experiencing constant extended cancer treatments. This project would not be possible without the support of generous locally owned businesses.
Our Celebration Garden– proudly gifted to the community in 2010, this beautiful tribute rose garden surrounds a bronze sculpture in Belvoir Park Wodonga and offers a special place of reflection to commemorate and celebrate those touched by cancer.
We are proudly a major sponsor of theAlbury Wodonga Cancer Foundation Financial Assistance program that provides financial assistance to residents of our region who face financial hardship whilst undergoing cancer treatment.
Significant annual donation to theAlbury Wodonga Medical Oncology Research Centre which relies on community funding to offer local people a chance to be part of important clinical trials.
All of these projects and more are only made possible through the continuing generous donations and support from our community and local businesses.