Coalfields Cancer Support Group Equipment Grant Fund
The Coalfields Cancer Support Group was established in 1999, when a number of Cessnock residents with cancer realised the need for a local cancer support group. An advertisement was placed in the local paper and the membership that subsequently formed evolved into a fundraising group to support cancer research at Calvary Mater Newcastle. The group is composed of local residents whose lives have been touched by cancer in some way. Funds are raised mainly through raffles and bus trips, and all money is donated to Calvary Mater Newcastle for research equipment. Donations from this group occur twice yearly, and in 2011 the group celebrated 10 years of donating to Calvary Mater Newcastle, with a total of $350,000 raised.