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While I have personally been publicising the Rome to Santiago Project around Sydney one question has repeatedly come up when I mention the Gawler Foundation? What is that? Regretably, it may be the case that widespread knowledge of the Foundation is limited to Victoria, or possibly Melbourne. Clearly something needs to be done about this because there are many, many people now affected , or who in the future will be affected by cancer, who will be denied access to the exceptional benefits that can be obtained from their programs simply because they don’t know about it.

Those of you who have found your way to this website without reference to the Foundation will no doubtA�will takeA�a look at its website, and if you haven’t already, I urge you to do so. You never know when that little piece of knowledge you gain fromA�going thereA�might come in handy if a family member or friend is diagnosed with cancer.

Some people who receive a cancer diagnosis and are thinking of exploring the Foundation’s approach to health, healing and wellbeing might be put off for any number of reasons, one of which is the inconvenience of having to travel to the Yarra Valley in Victoria. However, you don’t need to travel there to experience the Foundation’s teachings. There are in the major population centres around Australia courses which are run by people trained by the Foundation to present a 12 week program which deals with all the major topics that are covered in a 10 day live-in program at the Yarra Valley. I am personally only familiar with the course run in Sydney where I have been a guest speaker for the past two years. The invitation to speak came about after I had done the 12 week program in the latter half of 2008. I did this program as a refresher after having completed both the 10 day and follow-up 5 day live-in programs at the Yarra Valley in late 2006 and early 2007, respectively.

I found the 12 week program invaluable for many reasons, including it re-familiarised me with the Foundation’s teachings, it re-inforced and gave me a better understanding of those teachings, and it provided a forum for all the participants to bless us with their personal experiences from which we can learn so much. A friend of mine did it the other way around.A� She has told me that when she did the 10 day program she got so much more out of it because of her earlier experience with the 12 week program. Either way, the programs will teach you how you can do so much for yourself to improve your survival time.

It is important to know that the overwhelming number of people who attend these programs, be they the 10 day, 5 day, or 12 week ones, do so having had, or who are in the process of having some form of conventional treatment like surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

The Sydney program, conducted at Crows Nest on Sydney’s lower north side, is run by Sabina Rabold, a very experienced counsellor, educator and group facilitator. You can access information about Sabina’s programs by calling her on 0419 980 923, emailing her at , or going to her website at

John Bettens

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