Why I volunteer – Jane’s story

Volunteers are an extremely important part of our organisation and without their support we would not reach our annual fundraising goals. Volunteering is a great way to get to know others, work as part of a team, develop your communication skills, gain work experience, take some time out from a busy work lifestyle and have fun while giving back to a community based organisation. Jane Diggins started volunteering with Pancare earlier in the year and was keen to share her experience.

Jane Diggins volunteer
Jane Diggins

Tell us about yourself, Jane, what do you do for work?
I am a Legal Secretary at a firm in Melbourne, it’s a fantastic role as I work in the Employment group so there is always interesting work coming through.

How did you first get involved with Pancare?
I first got involved with Pancare in January this year. I contacted Pancare late last year about volunteering and the opportunity to help out in the office once a fortnight came up.  I also assist at events throughout the year. 

Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work with Pancare.

My wonderful Dad. My Dad has been bravely battling Pancreatic and Liver Cancer since last year (he was diagnosed in October) so I definitely wanted to do my part to help out in any way I can. I was genuinely shocked and saddened when I read the statistics of pancreatic cancer and realised that more awareness, donations and help were needed.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about (donating, volunteering, etc.)?
I would tell them to just do it. I am a strong believer in finding a positive from a negative, horrible situation and this was my way to do it. Not everyone has time to volunteer but even a couple of hours here and there can make a huge difference. Or if not, a donation no matter how big or small can really help. Just getting the word out on social media about Pancare will make more people aware.
What do you wish other people knew about Pancare?
I wish they knew about how small the team is at Pancare but how they are all making such a huge difference. The team work tirelessly to help people with pancreatic cancer and other upper GI cancers and their families nationally. That is a huge job but they all genuinely care and want to make a difference. It means a lot to me and everyone else affected by these horrible cancers to know there is support there for people going through the hardest time of their life.

Throughout the year there are many opportunities to volunteer with Pancare. This could be donating your time to raising money with a group or holding a third party event at your work.If you would like to help raise much needed funds to increase the survival rates of people affected by pancreatic, liver, biliary, oesophageal and stomach cancer, please get in touch. Email info@pancare.org.au or phone 1300 881 698