Tarpeena Support Group

Tarpeena Support Group donates $15,000 to new Cancer Council SA building 

Established 10 years ago by local woman Poppy Howe in memory of her son, who lost his life to cancer, the group is passionate about supporting projects that make a difference in the lives of regional South Australians impacted by cancer.

For Poppy, the cause is a particularly personal one. Not only did she lose her son to cancer, she also lost her husband and daughter to the disease, with her daughter Donna staying at Greenhill Lodge throughout her treatment. Poppy, who is now in her 90s, believes that the project is an incredibly important one and will support South Australians impacted by cancer for years to come.

Like Poppy, a number of group members also have a personal cancer story, including Marg Dawe, who stayed at the lodges throughout her breast cancer treatment.

“I stayed at the lodges 10 years ago and to be honest, it was a lifesaver for me. The community, the transport, the access to social workers—everything there made it easier for me to get through my treatment and get back home,” she said.

“10 years on and I’m doing really well but have never forgotten the support I received from the lodges. Now it’s our turn to give back and ensure that that this type of support is there for generations of regional South Australians to come,” she said.

Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size thanked the Tarpeena support group for their generosity.

“Support from the South Australian community is vital to enable this visionary new project to go ahead. We are incredibly grateful to organisations like the Tarpeena Support Group for their donation, which will ensure that this vision will become a reality.”

Cancer Council’s new, integrated cancer building will be the home for all South Australians impacted by cancer.

Combining research, prevention, information and support services alongside a new benchmark 120-room supportive accommodation facility, the facility will be the next generation in South Australian cancer care and help even more people survive a cancer diagnosis.