Book Sale for Child Cancer Research

Alison was inspired by the story of Finlay Higgs and his family. Four-year-old Finlay has been battling Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, since the age of two. When she heard about Finlay and his story, she was filled with compassion for the Higgs family as her own mother had come through a fight with cancer.

Inspired with her mother’s journey, Alison has been hosting a private afternoon tea and book sale at her home for family and friends aimed at raising money for cancer research for the previous three years. For 2017, she decided to raise funds through the book sale to go towards the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

“I was inspired by the Higgs family, who drew my awareness to the lack of funding for paediatric cancer research,” explained Alison.

Alison’s generous family and friends donated books and made food for the event on 4 November.

“Every year I have met new people, who have shared their own stories of how cancer has touched their life, and that has been the driving force to continue – the hope that every dollar will make a difference and to acknowledge and support people affected by cancer,” she said.

The book sale was very successful and nearly $900 was raised for the CLCRF!

Thank you Alison, your friends and family for your generous effort and donation to the CLCRF! We are very touched by your love and compassion for children and families bravely fighting cancer. The money raised will go towards much-needed child cancer research.


Wellard Campdraft 2017

The 10th annual Wellard Campdraft held over three days starting on 24 November in Pinjarra, featured highly bred and trained horses and their skilled riders running at their best in manoeuvring cattle around the course. The event was held at the McLarty family’s Blythewood farming property in Pinjarra with funds raised going to the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

The unique sport of campdrafting is a family affair, and most competitors take time out of their busy lives to have fun and participate in the three-day festival of events. This year’s Campdraft had two prestigious Open events producing outstanding winners. An evening barbeque on Saturday night gave those involved an opportunity to let their hair down and socialise.

Wellard Limited Executive Director of Operations, Fred Troncone, said the livestock exporter was proud of its commitment to such a successful event.

“Being involved with the Wellard Star of the West Camp Draft over the years is a fantastic experience. To see the dedication of the riders and their horses and also the local community to come together to put the event on is amazing – thanks to everyone involved, particularly the McLarty Family, Boar Swamp Committee and Wellard,” said Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer of CLCRF.

Congratulations to the event organisers, winners and competitors of the Wellard Campdraft. We value your contribution to child cancer research through this outstanding annual event.


Icky Sticky Bears

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) helped Icky Sticky Bears look for new homes in 1997.

Icky Sticky Bears were adorable teddy bears caught indulging in a pot of honey. Honey covered their faces and bodies as they were caught red-handed with their paws in the honey pot! The CLCRF were urging supporters to adopt these lovable teddy bears at the cost of $10 each, while also raising funds for the Foundation.

The bears were hugely popular and are a reminder of the fun and unique ways that the CLCRF have raised money for child cancer research. The Foundation is always coming up with exciting new ways of raising money for research into cancer. If you have a great new idea for raising money, please let us know!


CLCRF wins FIA Award for Fundraising Team of the Year

On Thursday 7 December at the Resident Bar in Nedlands, Fundraising Institute of Australia celebrated their End of Year Awards Night. It was an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the year and highlight achievements of organisations within the WA fundraising sector.

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) were incredibly excited and proud to be awarded the inaugural FIA WA Award for Fundraising Team of the Year on the night.

“The team at CLCRF are incredibly excited to win this! What a fabulous way to start 2018,” said Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer of CLCRF.

The CLCRF are now in the running for the National FIA Award which will be announced in March 2018 at the FIA National Conference held in Sydney.


Annual General Meeting 2017

On the evening of Monday 4 December, at the Telethon Kids Institute in Subiaco, Foundation members and invited guests of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) met for the 24th Annual General Meeting of the Foundation.

Geoff Cattach, Chairman, and Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer, gave their respective reports on Foundation activities during 2016/17. The 2017 Annual Report, with Audited Financial Statement, was also distributed to attendees.

The highlight of the evening was Professor Ursula Kees being awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Foundation upon her retirement.

“This award was in recognition of Professor Kees’ wonderful contribution to childhood cancer research over 30 years,” Andrea Alexander explained.

The Annual General Meeting was followed by the customary Christmas Cocktail Party and gave those present a chance to farewell Professor Ursula Kees and thank her for her years of dedication.

Read the online version of the 2017 CLCRF Annual Report.


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.


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.


Cancer Battle Humbles a President

In February 2002, former US President Bill Clinton paid a visit to 13-year-old at the time, Thomas Bloemendaal, who was undergoing treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The former President was deeply moved by the courage of Thomas and his family in their struggle against cancer. Clinton held his hand and said to Thomas, “I like the look in your eye … you will get there.” The former president said that visiting the young man was an incredibly humbling experience.

“Children in that position have a certain way about them and it is extremely humbling,” Bill Clinton said.

What a poignant moment to see a former president humbled by a young boy fighting for his life.

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. are continually humbled by the strength and bravery of children and their families who fight cancer. It is because of their courage that we fight so hard to raise money for children’s cancer research.

You too can make a difference and raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. by starting a fundraising page now.


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


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