Rotary in Action: Govt takes over bowel scan kit distribution

Job well done: Alf Harley, Ruth Milne, Dennis Dowsett, Bob Smith, Wayne Hockey, Elaine Hart, Peter Gibbs, Judy Gibbs and David Guillaume.
Job well done: Alf Harley, Ruth Milne, Dennis Dowsett, Bob Smith, Wayne Hockey, Elaine Hart, Peter Gibbs, Judy Gibbs and David Guillaume.

Some members of the Illawarra Rotary Bowel Scan committee recently met for the last time.

For the past 18 years, Rotary Clubs have been organising the annual Rotary Bowel Scan campaign. 

This campaign has developed, grown, and had great influence on the health outcomes of members of the community.

Pharmacies have sold the kits to the public over a period of six weeks. 

Free tests have been offered and the client is advised whether or not there are suspicious findings in the test. 

Over the years almost 30,000 Rotary-distributed kits have been tested and there have been 977 positive results. 

This year’s statistics have not yet been issued. 

The Federal Government also saw the need for this screening which is so beneficial in early detection.

By gradually introducing various age brackets and issuing free kits by post, the government has taken over the task from the Rotary Clubs.

Illawarra Rotary clubs are grateful to the pharmacies, Southern IML Pathology for free testing for years and to their own members, who kept supplies to the pharmacies and organised shopping centre sales.

WIN Television has given generous support.

To receive letters of thanks, gratitude for a detected cancer, treatment provided, and life continuing has been a rich reward for Illawarra Rotarians.

The Illawarra Rotary Bowel Scan committee, pictured above, consisted of Rotary members from Corrimal, Dapto, Wollongong South, Shellharbour City, Illawarra Sunrise, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow Rotary Clubs.

Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. 

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

For more information about Rotary’s Bowelscan contact Ruth Milne, on 0417 28 816 or rmilne@bigpond.net.au.

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