Esperance Cancer Council closes

After more than 30 years of fundraising, the Esperance Cancer Council Fundraising Group has decided to close down, citing a lack of new members.

The charity started as a support group for those battling cancer in the mid-1980s, before becoming a fundraising group in 1988. The late Sylia Boast was elected the inaugural president.

The group's first fundraising function was a garden morning tea in March, 1989 and it has since raised up to $10,000 a year for the Cancer Council of WA.

Funds raised have gone towards equipment at Esperance Health Campus and helped fund an upgrade to the chemotherapy ward.

In recent years, the group has raised funds for the Cancer Council's lodges for regional patients receiving treatment in Perth.

To have raised such significant funds over so many years is something the Esperance community should be very proud of.

Cancer Council WA education officer Rachel Jolly.

Long-serving member Rosemary Wanless said the group had advertised for new members at its general meetings and at fundraising events, but had struggled to attract new members to fill positions.

Mrs Wanless said in the last two years the group had felt the strain caused by a lack of members and had cut back from weekly to fortnightly meetings in the past year.

"The people who have been president have done it three or four times. The people who have been secretary and treasurer were handing it back to the same people and rotating," she said.

"There's no new people to take over. I think we've all come to the conclusion that this is the time [to end]."

With existing members getting older, they held their last meeting on September 10 and opted to sell off the group's belongings in one last fundraiser for the Cancer Council.

Publicity officer Marina Miller thanked the community, businesses and organisations that had supported their efforts over the years.

Cancer Council WA Goldfields regional education officer Rachel Jolly said the council was "incredibly grateful" for the Esperance team.

"To have raised such significant funds over so many years is something the Esperance community should be very proud of," she said.

"Cancer Council WA is reliant on community donations and fundraising to continue our life-saving work."