On 5 December at the Wembley Golf Course, Foundation members and invited guests attended the 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.
Geoff Cattach, Chairman, and Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer, each gave their reports on the Foundation’s operations during 2017 and 2018. Geoff proudly reported that the Foundation managed to maintain and in some instances increase research funding, even with the challenges that today’s economy has had on community and corporate support.
The AGM was a great opportunity to address the Foundation’s transition to a Million Dollar Partner of Telethon. “With the additional $500K triggered by our partnership with Telethon, we have been able to expand our research endeavours to continue paediatric brain cancer research as well as new funding for paediatric sarcoma research,” Said Geoff.
Dr Rishi Sury Kotecha was also at the 2018 AGM to update the Foundation about the important research he is conducting at the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Lab at the Telethon Kids Institute. Rishi explained his current studies into a key new drug, Blinatumomab, and whether it can be safely used to treat infants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
The AGM was followed by the customary CLCRF Christmas Cocktail Party, where members enjoyed beautiful canapés and drinks overlooking the picturesque golf course and lake.