Media Release: Morrison Government commitment to support breast cancer survivors

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide Knitted Knockers $360,000, a vital organisation that provides ongoing support to breast cancer survivors and their families.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, made the announcement today in Chisholm and said the funding would assist the volunteer group to continue helping women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies or radiation procedures.

“The Morrison Government is delighted to be able to make this commitment to support this wonderful community organisation which creates knitted cotton protheses’ for breast cancer survivors,” Minister Ruston said.

“With this funding Knitted Knockers will be able to engage with more volunteers, breast care nurses through the McGrath Foundation, doctors, hospitals and related support services.

“After starting from scratch in Australia, Knitted Knockers now has 22 branches and more than 12,000 volunteers nationwide. This funding will help it to remain sustainable and viable into the future.”

Approximately 55 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer each and every day and 1 in 7 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

That equates to over 20,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Member for Chisholm, Gladys Liu, said Knitted Knockers helped to empower women by developing their self-esteem following the trauma of cancer.

“Sadly, we know that breast cancer can touch every Australian family, but Knitted Knockers helps to empower women to resume their life as mothers, employees and valued members of our local community,” Ms Liu said.

“With a growing demand of services, this funding investment will support the organisation to continue their invaluable work across Chisholm and the whole of the country.”

Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Australians, and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.

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