External Fundraising Event

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Camping Out Under the Stars for Child Cancer Research

The Friends of Finlay Camp Out was held last Saturday 25 November. A fantastic experience for the whole family, this fun-filled event saw 150 people camp out under the stars for a good cause.

The guest of honour, our little fair-haired hero, Finlay Higgs, was absolutely beaming with excitement to camp out with his family, friends and the community that registered to support him.

The Camp Out kicked off at 3pm with the campers setting up their tents. Footy drills and cricket playing with the Perth Demons kicked off around 4pm and children learned how to play footy from the finest. Kids had a blast with face painting, bubble-blowing, sack races, obstacle courses and a hugely popular bouncy castle which kept the children thoroughly entertained for hours.

A barbecue dinner was served and everyone kicked back to listen to musicians Sally Jane and Double Shots who performed beautiful music to listen and sing-a-long to. Campers appreciated the fun and chilled atmosphere that the musicians created and everyone relaxed into the evening spent coming together to support an important cause. The main lights out at 10pm but you could still hear the excited nattering of some as they fell asleep.

On Sunday morning, families awoke to continue the camping experience, kids played on the bounce castle and giant snakes and ladders game whilst their parents sat back with a coffee before starting to pack up their tents to head home. Everyone was chirpy despite an early start to the day and enjoyed the chance the turn off the technology and camp together as a family.

It was a fantastic Camp Out and Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) want to thank the Higgs Family, everyone who camped out and/or bought sleeping bags, all of the amazing volunteers and event organisers who worked so hard to make the Camp Out a success.

We especially would like to thank the amazing sponsors: Lotterywest, Absolute Edge Media, West Coast Eagles, Perth Demons Football Club, Edith Cowan University and EverSharp Financial Services for their wonderful support of the Camp Out.

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Freo Dockers Foundation Ball: Farewell to Subi

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) ambassadors, Georgia Lowry and Zoe Manuel, were a part of a glamorous Fremantle Dockers Foundation Ball on Saturday night, 25 November at the Subiaco Oval.

The Ball was themed ‘Farewell to Subi’ and it was a poignant night as Fremantle players joined club sponsors, members and fans to farewell Subiaco Oval as AFL games move to Optus Stadium.

A tour of the oval kicked off the night, followed by an evening of entertainment on the centre square of the oval’s hallowed turf. Guests were led into the stands and change rooms, and had the opportunity to have a photo at their favourite player’s locker.

Fireworks lit up the night sky before guests were served a three-course meal while Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy Nat Fyfe and Matthew Pavlich shared their memories of the venue.

CLCRF ambassador, Zoe Manuel, said, “the best part about the night was definitely meeting a few of the players and also listening to everything they have done in the past at the oval.”

As one of the Associate Friends of the Fremantle Dockers Foundation, the CLCRF was proud to be represented by two of our lovely ambassadors. A big thanks to Beyond Bank who generously donated the tickets so that our two lovely ambassadors could attend.

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Cookies Made with Love

Brazilian dentist, Juliana Nogueira, chose to help the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) for her Diploma in Leadership and Management course project at TAFE. She decided to hold a cookie fundraiser to raise money for the Foundation. She tells us about the fundraiser below in her own words:

“The initial idea for the Cookie Fundraiser came when I had to choose one Project for my Diploma in Leadership and Management course at TAFE. Since the beginning of the year I wanted to do a volunteer project, so it was the perfect chance for me to put into practice all of my ideas!

I am a Brazilian Dentist and my passion for children meant that I have worked in the past with children with heart disease, also in a volunteer project, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Therefore, I chose Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) due to its honest and brilliant work regarding Children’s Cancer Research. When I went in person to CLCRF’s office and met Wendy, I felt that I was doing the right thing. Her kindness made me feel so comfortable and well received that gave me more strength to pursue my objective of organizing the Fundraiser.

The Cookie Fundraiser was such a success! One of my team members and I prepared the venue at North Metropolitan TAFE in the event day and before we even finished organizing everything, people were lining up to buy the cookies. In the end, four hours later, we did not ‘just’ sell all the 240 cookies, but also raised more than we expected! The feeling of seeing people’s smiles while stopping to help was indescribable. It was a very special day!! I felt so pleased and happy to see so many people donating their time and money in order to help the Foundation, that this feeling will always stay in my heart …

I would like to thank everyone that helped buy cookies or donated, you definitely did your part!!! I also would like to thank all people involved with the organisation and preparation for the event, including my lecturer, Jo Marshall, and my amazing team members Emma Jefferies and Lydia Stoll! Your contribution was essential to make this event happen so beautifully! Thank you also to Cynthia, Shehan, Patricia and Celso, special people that gave me support and ideas for the event! A special thank you to Woolworths for the sponsorship for the cookies! You provided the best cookies that our event could have had! Last but not least, thank you CLCRF for the trust and for the support!

In life, we have to make things happen. There are so many people, including children needing our help, that we cannot close our eyes to reality. If you feel that you can help someone, no matter how, do it and don’t wait for tomorrow. Time is precious, and each good act is a piece that completes the endless puzzle called love.”

Juliana Nogueira

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Boot Scootin’ for Cancer Research

The Nambung Country Music Muster on 26-29 October 2017 was a celebration of country music bringing together 1,000 country music fans. The event raised money for several charities including an incredible $3,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

The four-day event saw fans enjoy country music concerts around the historic Nambung Shearing Shed, 200 kilometres north of Perth. Stars of the show included Tom Maxwell, Laura Downing, Evan Platschinda, Terry Bennetts and Ginger Cox of the Band of Mates.

Boot scooting and old-time dancing were hugely popular along with the local CWA cooking up a storm.

The Bush Poet’s Breakfast saw performances by Bill Gordon, Stinger and other talented poets to the aromas of freshly cooked bacon and eggs. The Sunday finale brought all the stars together to sing Waltzing Matilda, We Are Proud, and a stirring rendition of Slim Dusty’s Lights on the Hill.

Next year’s muster promises to be just as successful on 25-28 October 2018.

The CLCRF thank the Nambung Country Music Muster for generously donating $3,000. Your kind donation will go towards vital children’s cancer research.

Photo credit: thanks to Steve Kruger www.4wdaus.com

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Make a Difference by Saving!

Make a real difference with your savings account and open a Community Reward Account with Beyond Bank! The more you save, the more Beyond Bank will donate to Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) at no cost to you!

It’s a high interest savings account and a unique way for supporters of CLCRF to give towards child cancer research. Beyond Bank will give the Foundation a Community Reward Payment based on the combined average annual balances of all supporters’ savings.

Each year, Beyond Bank generously donates over $350,000 back to not-for-profit community organisations such as CLCRF. It’s great to see a bank give so much to the community.

Show your support and head over now to Beyond Bank to start a Community Reward Account!

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The Great Chop

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) ambassador, Kerrin Hampson, will be doing ‘The Great Chop’ – she’s shaving off her beautiful long hair to support Finlay Higgs, who has Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer. She aims to raise $1,500 for the cause!

As to why she’s cutting off her hair, Kerrin went through a very painful time when her own son, Marley, was diagnosed with cancer. In Kerrin’s own words:

“No family walks exactly the same path during treatment, but walking a mile in the Higgs’ family’s shoes would give anyone blisters. I know the money will go exactly where it needs to go to help find a cure.”

So, what is Kerrin and Marley’s story? Kerrin explains why supporting children’s cancer research is so close to her heart.

“Where do I start? I shaved my head for the first time in 2013. That was the year that my own son, Marley, finished treatment. After he finished, we have remained involved in the raising of awareness and funding of research into children’s cancers, with the hope that one day a cure will be found.

“I have grown my hair since then with the idea in mind that I would shave next year when Marley has the 5 year, all clear. I am planning a celebration and thought it would be a great addition to the day. I woke up this morning (31 October) and was just over the washing, drying, making it tidy for work grind. I decided now is the time. Why put off tomorrow what I can do in a couple of weekends? I will cut it off. I will raise money beforehand and I will donate the funds to the Friends of Finlay Camp Out 2017.”

You can support ‘The Great Chop’ now at https://friendsoffinlay.everydayhero.com/au/the-great-chop.

If you want to support childhood cancer research and attend Friends of Finlay Camp Out on Saturday 25 November, just register now!

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2017 Southwest Bike Trek

Written by Eric Maddock – Trek Organiser

The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation’s 2017 Southwest Bike Trek started off in Mandurah on Monday 9 October and finished in Augusta on Saturday 16 October. Even with reduced numbers of riders taking part we still raised in excess of $23,400.

Our small number of riders had our ranks increased for a couple of days between Harvey and Busselton with a large group of riders from the Bunbury Over 40s Cycle Club, whom I would like to thank for their participation. I must also say a huge thanks to all the Lions and Rotary Clubs along the way who provided the much appreciated support for our riders of food and accommodation, as well as various monetary donations.

Others who assisted along the way were the ladies from the Binningup Seniors Club who provided not only a beautiful lunch but a monetary donation as well. The ladies from the Harvey Professional & Business Women’s Association also assisted with homemade biscuits for various tea breaks along the way and with providing our afternoon tea at the Harvey Shire offices in Harvey.

Further acknowledgements that need to be made are to our various support crew; Norma Cox, Wendy Sims and Ed Pereira for driving the lead and following vehicles and Kay Tonzig for acting as our first aid person. Without their support this ride would not have been possible. We were also assisted along the way by Jarrah Infusion at Pinjarra, Equinox Cafe at Busselton, and the Deck Chair Cafe in Augusta who provided the riders and support crew with the necessary cuppa and cake. And, of course, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge, Annette, my wife for all the work she did assisting me with putting the whole thing together.

The ride was a great social event as well as fundraiser and we enjoyed lovely weather for the majority of the time. We only had about three hours of rain on the Tuesday but that’s life and no one was complaining anyway. So overall a good time was had by all.

Looking forward to next year when I hope we will have a full contingent of riders (25 to 30). Hopefully the riders from this year will spread the word so that we can do something amazing to raise further money for research to help kids fight leukaemia and cancer and have fun doing it.

Garry-Preston

Garry Running in the New York Marathon for the CLCRF

Garry Preston is running to raise money for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. (CLCRF) in this year’s New York City Marathon on 5 November.

He’s been training since March and won a place in this year’s New York Marathon (only a third of applicants are successful). Garry resolved to never take part in a major marathon after he took part in the London Marathon 13 years ago. In spite of that, he’s committed to running in the New York Marathon this year.

“I have quickly realised my legs aren’t as young as they used to be and that the only way I’ll get through it this time is through a great deal of hard work, dedication and mental toughness. Your financial backing in the form of sponsorship will ensure I have a strong breeze pushing me along the way… or a chain around my ankle dragging me on!”

As to why he is raising money for CLCRF, Garry says, “I couldn’t possibly do justice in trying to explain the great work this amazing charity is doing in helping children and families.”

“I realise you may also be thinking that it would have been a lot easier to have entered the City to Surf Marathon here in Perth however, it would have been even easier for me to change my mind … having booked and paid for my flights and accommodation in New York there is simply no going back!” Garry explains.

You can fund Garry’s run and make a difference for childhood cancer research!

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A Piece of Cake! Cake decorating seminar raises funds for CLCRF

On 17 August 2017, the Cake Decorators Association of WA organised the 19th National Cake Decorating Seminar that was held at Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough. Antonio Argentieri from Italy, a well-known cake decorator and Foundation Friend, sought support from the organisers to raise funds for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) via this event.

Gold coin donations for entry went towards the CLCRF and $426.10 was raised by the Cake Decorators Association with the help of Antonio. The cakes on display were absolutely stunning in artistry and detail. Congratulations to the winners and competitors of the cake competition who made jaws drop with their amazingly detailed designs!

CLCRF want to thank Antonio Argentieri and the Cake Decorators Association of WA for their generous efforts and passion for funding child cancer research!

Cancelled

Climb for a Smile cancelled

Whilst we didn’t organise this event it is with deep sadness to hear that Rotary WA’s Climb for a Smile has been cancelled.

If you have any questions regarding refunds please contact Rob Bunning from Rotary WA Crawley on rob@bunning.com. There will be an eNews sent out to all participants who registered on behalf of Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. and those who donated to us soon.

Due to lower than forecast registrations, event organisers have cancelled the event.

Climb for a Smile was to see participants climb 50 floors (that’s 1,042 steps) of Brookfield’s 108 St George’s Terrace on Sunday 10 September to help raise vital funds for charities: The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.), Interplast and End Polio Now.

Organisers, the Rotary Club of Crawley, will be issuing refunds to everyone who registered to participate via the MyCause registration system.

“We would like to thank everyone who has pledged their support for this event and apologise for any inconvenience that they may experience as a result of the event being cancelled”, said Jaap Poll, President of Rotary Crawley.

“However, due to the lower than expected registration rate the event has been cancelled for financial reasons.

We also want to apologise to the charities who were to benefit from the proceeds raised at this event. As Rotarians we remain committed to serving the community and encourage the people of Perth to provide their continued support for The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.), Interplast and End Polio Now.”