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There were enough decorations to transform even the administration and office areas at MNCCI into something special for staff this Christmas.

Special gift lights up Christmas for cancer patients

Dec 19, 2022

Patients and staff at the Port Macquarie campus of Mid North Coast Cancer Institute definitely know it’s Christmas thanks to the generosity of Port Macquarie’s business community.

Kmart, Bunnings and Big W have all contributed to the impressive festive season decorations, helping to lift spirits and create smiles that are as bright as the donated lights, baubles and tinsel.

Kmart Port Macquarie Store Manager Michael Lawrence was taken on a tour of the facility to see for himself the difference a bit of Christmas cheer makes to the cancer centre.

Even he was impressed by the decorations and team effort that has made a world of difference to the patient experience at MNCCI this Christmas.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to brighten everyone’s day,” Mr Lawrence said.

“We’re helping patients by brightening their day in their darkest moment.”

 Nurse Practitioner Kirsty Baxter, who helped organise the decoration donations said she was overwhelmed by the response.

“We went to all three businesses in the hope that one would answer our call, not expecting in our wildest dreams that all three would say ‘yes’.

“The result is simply stunning, and it has brought a little bit of Christmas magic to our cancer centre and its patients,” Ms Baxter said.

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Nurse Practitioner Kirsty Baxter (front left) and Kmart Port Macquarie Store Manager Michael Lawrence with MNCCI staff.

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Kmart Port Macquarie Store Manager Michael Lawrence and chief Christmas decoration organiser and Cancer Services Nurse Practitioner Kirsty Baxter in the treatment area of MNCCI, which has been decorated thanks to the generosity of Kmart, Big W and Bunnings.

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