About Us

Mending Casts has been operating in Australia since January 2019.  Our main focus is on running free live-in weekend fly fishing retreats for people dealing with cancer through the Casting for Recovery and Reel Recovery programs.

As a registered non-profit organisation run by unpaid volunteers, we require independent funding to be able to provide our programs and services.  Those funds are obtained from a broad range of fund-raising activities, supporters donations & sponsorships, governments grants or corporate partnerships. 

 

Every dollar is invested back into our programs and the activities which support them, so we truly appreciate every cent that is given to us.

Our Committee

Executive members

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John Billing

Chair & President

- Reel Recovery Program Co-Ordinator
- Webmaster & Social Media
- Qualified 1st Aid

- Fly Fishers International 

  Certified Casting Instructor
- Operations Manager
- Aust Volunteer Coast Guard Member

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Eric Smith
Joanne Dobson

Vice President

Treasurer

- Owner Aussie Angler Tackle Shop
- Victorian Fisheries Grants
  Committee

- Casting Instructor
- Event Co-Ordinator


 

- Reel Recovery Retreat Facilitator
- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Events Co-Ordinator
- Registered Nurse
- Business owner
- CFA Victoria member

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Cherrie Ninness

Secretary

- CfR Programs Co-Ordinator
- Membership & Administrator
- Medical Co-Ordinator

- Emergency Services Liaison
- Paramedic & Qualified 1st Aid

General Members

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Bob Young

Casting Programs Co-Ordinator

- Fly Fishers International
  Master Casting Instructor
- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Events Co-Ordinator
- Retired Engineer

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Andrew Connell

Casting Instructor / Guide

- Fishing Guide
- Qualified 1st Aid
- Fly Fishers International
  Certified Casting Instructor
- Teacher & Educator
- CFA Victoria member

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Fiona (Noni) Wilson

Event Co-Ordinator

- Retreat Co-Ordinator
- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Events Ordinator
- Newsletter Editor
- Pharmacologist

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Shelley Olson

Fund Raising

- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Event Co-Ordinator
- Paramedic & Qualified 1st Aid
- COVID Officer

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Val Young

Event Co- Coordinator

- Girls Gone Flyfishing

- Casting Program Helper
- Reiki Practitioner
- Natural Therapies

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Alan Staton

Funding Co-Ordinator

- Grants / Sponsorship  Coordinator

- Purchasing Officer
- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Casting for Kids Co-Ordinator
- Procurement Manager

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Jo Ellerton

Funding Co-Ordinator

- Grants / Sponsorship
- Legal Officer
- Fund Raising Events/Activities
- Events Co-Ordinator
- Finance Manager - Banking