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WHAT IS SOUP FOR THE SOUL?

 

Soup for the Soul is Beyond Five’s inaugural fundraising event and is the only event of its kind in Australia raising money to support people affected by head and neck cancer.

 

The idea is simple, just get your family, friends, colleagues or community together over a bowl of soup to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and to help raise vital funds for people affected by head and neck cancer.

 

Soup for the Soul will be held from 20 - 27 July 2018 to coincide with World Head and Neck Cancer Day on 27 July.

 

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WHY SOUP?

 

Food is one of the most fundamental ways we have to nurture our loved ones.

 

Soup is a favourite source of comfort food for people from all different ages and cultures. It’s a great winter warmer, easy to prepare, nourishing for the body and warming for the soul.

 

For people who have been treated for head and neck cancer, however, the humble bowl of soup is so much more. Soup is often a lifeline, helping people to survive in the days, weeks and months following treatment when eating and swallowing can be so difficult.

 

By sharing a bowl of soup we hope to nurture everyone affected by head and neck cancer and the people who care for them.

Why the name Beyond Five?

When doctors talk about curing cancer they talk in terms of 5-year survival. In patients with head and neck cancer, however, the effects of the cancer and their treatment stay with the patient forever.

 

These effects can be seen as scars on the patient’s face that cannot be hidden by clothing, or difficulties with speech and swallowing.

 

The name 'Beyond Five' refers to the long-term support that patients with different types of head and neck cancer often need, which is more than five years after they are diagnosed.