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Shake a tin for Child Cancer Research!

Justin Bruce has a Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. (CLCRF) tin at his workplace, Statewide Bearings in Kewdale. Statewide Bearings specialises in the procurement, supply and support of bearing and power transmission products. Justin is the Financial Officer at the organisation.

When Justin, age four, was diagnosed with leukaemia, his family became involved with the CLCRF. Justin wanted to help those kids fight this disease, just as he had, and today he is one of our most dedicated volunteers and a board member for the CLCRF.

Want a simple and easy way to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer? Ask for a Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. tin that can be placed in your school, workplace or club. Do you know that a tin can collect up to $300 to help better a child’s life?

Just like Justin, if you would like to place a CLCRF tin at your workplace or organisation, please contact the office on (08) 9363 7400 or email admin@childcancerresearch.com.au!

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Above and Beyond $10,000!

For the month of August 2017, Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. (CLCRF) was one of three charity organisations competing in the ‘Vote for Good’ Community Reward Grant Program held by Beyond Bank.

The organisation that had the greatest number of online votes on the Beyond Bank website by the end of August would be awarded a $10,000 grant from the bank. While CLCRF were mostly in the lead, the race to gather votes from the community was tense as the other charities were not lagging far behind with their votes.

At the end of the month, we waited with anticipation to find out which organisation had the $10,000 grant. We were not told who the winner was in September, however Andrea Alexander, CLCRF’s Executive Officer, was advised to ‘prepare a speech – just in case’ for the Community Reward Grant Awards Night in October.

Beyond Bank held the award night on Tuesday 3 October, and revealed the winner of the $10,000 grant. We were thrilled to learn that CLCRF had gathered the greatest number of votes from the community and won the $10,000 grant!

“Firstly, thanks to the Beyond Bank staff – they were the ones that chose the charities to support in WA, secondly to our wonderful supporters for voting for us and lastly but not less – to Beyond Bank for this amazing grant,” Andrea stated.

CLCRF wants to thank Beyond Bank as well as each and every single person who voted for us in the program. We could not have won without your wonderful support! It is because of Beyond Bank and your vote that we now have $10,000 to add to child cancer research funds! Rest assured that CLCRF will spend the $10,000 wisely.

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Spoilt to Raise Money for Child Cancer Research

The Spoilt Hair Retreat in Wembley raised money for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Inc. (CLCRF) by holding a ‘Kids Cuts for Cancer’ event on Sunday 17 September. The event was held in honour of Spoilt Hair Retreat’s owner, Elsa-Rene Mitchell’s 5-year-old cousin, Grace, who is battling leukaemia.

“She has endured the harsh treatments that come with battling her disease and the ongoing effects these treatments have on her body,” said Elsa-Rene.

There was a fantastic turnout of children and their parents on the day. The Spoilt hair team dressed in fancy dress (fairies, Princess Elsa, Batman, Star Wars characters and Dr Seuss) while they styled crazy haircuts for children and coloured their hair in bright colours like pink and blue. There was also a cake stall, balloons, laughter and lots of glitter!

By the end of the day, $2,250 was raised for the CLCRF to support child cancer research! What a fantastic result and the CLCRF want to thank Spoilt Hair Retreat for their passionate dedication in raising awareness and funds to help children with cancer.

If you would like to hold an event to give to children with cancer, just start a fundraising page and share it with friends and family!

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A Symphony of Love

Here’s a flashback to the past: this article was published on Monday 24 May 1999 in The West Australian when Georgia Lowry, was only 5 years of age!

Georgia was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of leukaemia at just eight weeks old. Miraculously, Georgia is still with us at 22 years of age today and is a wonderful ambassador for CLCRF.

She’s photographed here laughing on top of a double bass with the German 66-piece Bosch Orchestra’s conductor, Ulrich Walddorfer. The concert was held on 24 May 1999 at the Perth Concert Hall to raise funds for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. (CLCRF) and tickets went for a reasonable $15.

“I loved this photo shoot – I remember Georgia had everyone laughing,” said Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer of CLCRF, who was present at the photoshoot in 1999.

Since that time, Georgia Lowry, who is now 22, has gone from strength to strength as a CLCRF ambassador. She continues to passionately raise awareness of the need for greater funding for child cancer research.

It’s inspiring to remember the wonderful efforts of organisations like Bosch Orchestra to raise awareness and money for child cancer research!

If you’re inspired to hold an event to give to children with cancer, just start a fundraising page and share it with friends and family to raise money for CLCRF!

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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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Socks for Childhood Cancer Research!

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) are proud to announce a partnership with new Perth business, Toe the Line. On 7 September, Toe the Line, launched and introduced an exciting new range of cotton-combed socks at The Old Laundry. Zoe Manuel, Miss Teen Continents Australia National finalist and one of CLCRF’s ambassadors, proudly modelled Toe the Line socks.

The very first pair of Toe the Line socks were auctioned off at an amazing $1,500 at the launch, and all proceeds went to the CLCRF. Don’t worry, that was just the first pair – the socks are priced at $14.95 each and can be purchased online!

Toe the Line was formed when two men, Jack and Yean, came together with an idea to create the New Standard in exciting sock wear made of soft combed cotton. Jack and Yean learned that children’s feet become very cold when undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer. As conventional wool and synthetic socks can irritate the skin, combed cotton is the best alternative. Toe the Line will be making socks in children’s sizes so that they can help keep feet warm and bring a smile to children fighting cancer!

It was a wonderful night and CLCRF wish Jack, Yean and Toe the Line much success for the future. We also wish to thank them for their generous contribution to child cancer research. Buy yourself some amazing and comfortable new socks from Toe the Line!

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Harrison’s Story

Andrew and Emma Williams are a brave couple from Mandurah who have battled childhood cancer. Their four-year-old son, Harrison, developed neuroblastoma two years ago. They came close to financial ruin after losing their life savings and were forced to close their two butcher shops in the battle to save Harrison’s life.

Now Harrison is cancer-free and the couple are rebuilding their lives, working together at ‘The Butcher and his Wife’ in the new Mandurah Forum.

“For the last two years it’s been absolutely horrendous but we’ve come out of it really good now,” Emma said.

“Harrison was diagnosed in February 2015 with neuroblastoma and he had a year of pretty intense treatment, lots of surgeries, lots of chemotherapy.”

“Andrew worked different places over the last couple of years, but I must admit it’s been hard and the focus was on Harrison, it wasn’t on anything else.”

Andrew and Emma are dedicated to helping fund childhood cancer research and are raising funds for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research (Inc.) (CLCRF). Their store, ‘The Butcher and his Wife’ has been raising money for CLCRF by selling packets of sunflower seeds and yellow ribbons through the Sowing the Seeds for Child Cancer Research fundraiser to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer in September.

“We’re going to promote childhood cancer awareness month, which is all of September, and I just want everyone to know that we will be selling ‘seeds of hope’ for $5 and we’re selling gold ribbons for a dollar,” explained Emma.

If you would also like to raise awareness for childhood cancer and help others, like the Williams family, email us now to order your packets of sunflower seeds to sell at schools, clubs or workplaces!

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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!

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Volunteer for the CLCRF!

Want to make a real difference for children and families struggling with cancer? Volunteer for Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc.!

There are lots of different jobs for volunteers like: collecting donations, crowd control, help in exciting events. Gain great experience that you could even use for your resume, have fun, feel great, meet amazing people and make a real difference in the lives of children and families fighting cancer!

To find out how you can volunteer just call (08) 9363 7400 or head over to our volunteer page.

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Exclusive Friends of Finlay Sleeping Bags

On 25 November 2017 Friends of Finlay, a local WA family who are living through childhood cancer, are excited to be hosting the first Friends of Finlay Camp Out in support of us the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

Finlay Higgs is a lively little blonde and blue-eyed three-year-old boy who went through more than two years of chemotherapy treatments to treat a rare form of childhood cancer, Hepatoblastoma. The Friends of Finlay Camp Out overnight at Lathlain Park will bring the community together to raise awareness for the need for more research into Hepatoblastoma and raise funds for the CLCRF. You can now order your exclusive Friends of Finlay sleeping bags!

These sleeping bags are custom-made for the event and we only have 100 available so be quick and order your amazing Friends of Finlay sleeping bag today for just $75 + GST each. The sleeping bag would fit children under 140cm in height and is really comfortable. Children will love these sleeping bags and won’t want to sleep anywhere else!

The details are:
• The price is $75 + GST (funds raised go towards the CLCRF and the cost of the bag)
• 140 long x 65 cm wide and fits children under 140cm in height
• made of 400T nylon
• the lining is grey matte polyester
• the filling is 60 per cent duck down making it soft, warm and cosy!

If you would like to purchase a Friends of Finlay sleeping bag please head to the Friends of Finlay Camp Out page and order yours today! Don’t delay because they will go fast!