Our vision at Lantern Club is ‘to make a significant contribution to the quality of community life’. We aim to work closely with local welfare, health, sporting and education organisations to see where we can help make a difference. Earlier this year, it was revealed that our local community of Canterbury has one of the lowest breast screening rates in NSW.
According to research, there are a number of reasons for this, however the main being a lack of health awareness that is most likely due to language and cultural barriers within our community. Fortunately for the Canterbury area, a new breast screening centre will open in Campsie in November this year, run by BreastScreen NSW.
The goal of the new breast screening centre is to increase the rate of screening and rescreening for breast cancer among women in the Canterbury area. Currently the overall breast screening rate for women aged 50 to 69 years is only 48%. This is well below the state average of 52% and is in fact one of the lowest screening rates in the state.
The new centre will accommodate the diversity of our local community through the provision of interpreters for non-English speaking women.
To help increase awareness and raise much needed funds for this new centre, Lantern Club will dedicate itself to shining Pink during October. 100% of funds raised by Lantern Club will go towards the Campsie Breast Screening Centre and the provision of a Sensory Suite and interpreters (for non-English speaking women) to assist with health and breast screening communication.