A Generous Donation from the APRA Social Club

CLCRF would like to thank the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) Social Club for their generous donation of $455.90!

Every fortnight, the APRA Social Club sponsors a charity nominated by an APRA staff member. The Social Club then publishes a short article about the charity, calling for donations, in their employee newsletter.


Generous Donation from Franklin Tate Estates

CLCRF would like to thank Franklin Tate Estates for the generous gift we received from their winery. The Tate family have kindly donated selected cartons of their award-winning wines for The Foundation to use at upcoming functions and events.

The Tate family have been making wine since 1969 and have vineyards located in the heart of the Margaret River region. They have become Margaret River’s most well-known winery and have been twice awarded “Most Outstanding Red Wine in the World” at the Wine Magazine International Wine Challenge.

CLCRF runs countless events throughout the year to help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, so this donation will be extremely useful.
This is a great reminder that cash donations are not the only way you can support The Foundation. There are many ways you can help us to continue raising funds for the important research into childhood cancer.

Support CLCRF at the Chevron City to Surf for Activ

This year’s Chevron City to Surf for Activ takes place in Perth on Sunday 25 August. The event is an excellent way to get active and give back to the community by supporting a cause close to your heart.

You can help support CLCRF and important research into childhood cancer by starting your own fundraising page as part of your participation in the event.

Participants have the option to either join the 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 12km walk/run, 4km walk/run or the 4km wheelchair event.

The Chevron City to Surf for Activ is the oldest and most loved community fun run in Western Australia, turning 45 this year. In the last 15 years, participants have raised over $10 million dollars for the community.

The atmosphere at the Chevron City to Surf for Activ is contagious and inspiring, making it a wonderful day out for friends and family. So, what are you waiting for? Support childhood cancer research, get fit and have some fun!


Hero Hunter and the Wonky White Cells

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, understanding what is happening can be very overwhelming, not only for the child but for their family, friends and other children around them. Sarah Stanley has helped to make this discussion a little easier for children by creating the wonderful book titled Hero Hunter and the Wonky White Cells.

Sarah initially created the book for her Godson Hunter, the little superhero who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2016. Hunter was only three years old when he was diagnosed and his intense treatment effected his weight, his ability to walk, feed and go to the toilet.

It soon became apparent that the book might have a wider audience, as it was an easy way for other children and even parents to understand what children with leukaemia go through.

Hero Hunter and the Wonky White Cells explores the science and journey of childhood leukaemia, from diagnosis to treatment. The book uses easy to understand analogies to describe complex concepts, well complimented by Sarah’s illustrations.

As a General Practitioner, Sarah said creating this book was the perfect trinity of her passions of medicine, education and creativity – along with the underlying importance of family. It was important for Sarah to create all aspects of the book, including the illustrations.

“I wanted to demonstrate the medical side to treatment in its realness, so when children see these things in hospital they are prepared and it’s not as scary.” She said.

“I hope it can help young children to better understand leukaemia. It has already done the number one job, which was to help Hunter.” Said Sarah.

Hunter recently became the first child to ring the treatment bell at the Perth Children’s Hospital to celebrate 100 days since his life-saving bone marrow transplant.

If you are interested in buying a copy of Hero Hunter and the Wonky White Cells, simply head to their Facebook page, where you can make a secure purchase through PayPal. The book costs $20 plus postage, with all profits going to charity, including CLCRF.

Generous raffle winner gives back to CLCRF

Recently, we announced the winner of our $15,000 raffle prize to be ticket no. 03127. We are now thrilled to be able to share the touching story of the man behind the ticket, Brian Jennings.

Brian is someone that knows the struggles of childhood cancer all too well, having lost his son Matthew to a rare form of Leukaemia almost 40 years ago. In the hopes of future generations having better childhood cancer treatments, Brian has very kindly decided to donate $5,000 of his raffle prize money back to CLCRF.


Dr Rishi at Kai’s Big GOLD Ball

Guests of Kai’s Big GOLD Ball this year are in for a treat with the recent announcement of Dr Rishi Sury Kotecha as a guest speaker! Dr Rishi is a highly-qualified clinician-scientist and is currently conducting childhood cancer research in the CLCRF lab at the Telethon Kids Institute (TKI).

Dr Rishi’s research expertise lies in preclinical and clinical leukaemia. CLCRF is proud to help fund many of his research projects at TKI, which all have the fundamental goal to improve the outcome for children suffering from leukaemia.

Dr Rishi has authored over 30 original research articles and he and his team recently had a manuscript published in a high impact journal. This significant achievement has allowed the team to share their findings on how a particular drug, called Romidepsin, has showed benefits in infant leukaemia.

With Dr Rishi’s wealth of knowledge and natural charisma, there is no doubt that his guest appearance is going to be one of many highlights at Kai’s Big GOLD Ball this year.

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Strengthening our Relationship with Beyond Bank

Foundation CEO Andrea Alexander recently attended a function at Optus Stadium to meet the Board Members of Beyond Bank. This was a great opportunity for the Foundation to strengthen our relationship with Beyond Bank and meet other community partners.

We would like to give a special thanks to Katie Tillson Voss and Georgina Nicholas for the invitation to the function, which also featured a guest talk by Dale Alcock.


Over $6,000 Raised at the Perth Tradies Expo

This year’s Toolmart Perth Tradie Expo took place over the weekend of Friday 21 to Sunday 23 of June at Ascot Racecourse. The annual Expo is open to the general public and provides a once a year opportunity for tradies and DIY enthusiasts to purchase tools and equipment at special prices.

CLCRF was fortunate enough to be invited back to the Expo this year to collect the gold coin donations on entry, along with the Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue.

We had a wonderful team of volunteers who helped collect these donations at the front gates and even Foundation Chairman Geoff Cattach was there to help out. We are thrilled to announce that over the three days, we were able to collect a grand total of $6,135.15, outshining last year’s total of $5,182.45!


Marley 9 Years On

On this day 9 years ago, single mother Kerrin Hampson received the heartbreaking news that her 15-month-old son Marley had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. The news came after Kerrin had enough of doctors telling her that there was nothing wrong with her son, that his lethargy and loss of appetite was caused by a virus that he would just have to ride out.

Kerrin’s mothers’ instinct led her to take Marley to the hospital despite what the doctors had told her.

“I remember it like it was yesterday.” Says Kerrin. “I fed myself, Morris and his sister, made sure they were cared for and then drove to Fremantle ED. The nurse looked at Marley and called the on-call paediatrician straight away. He was quite concerned”

After his diagnosis on 1 July 2010, Marley was taken directly to the children’s hospital by ambulance, being too fragile for Kerrin to drive him herself. The next three years saw Marley undergo intense therapies which left him tired and ill.

His treatment finished in August 2013 but he is still dealing with the side effects to this day. The harsh treatment has left Marley with cognitive and executive functioning issues, needing the help of tutors and occupational therapy.

“9 years later he had a weekend of adventure and friends. He has scars that run deeper than I thought possible, and still struggles but he is here.” Says a grateful Kerrin. “We are lucky. I will band on until the end of time to raise awareness and funding to help kids and their families with support and research.”

Marley continues to be an ambassador for CLCRF and has attended several functions over the years with his mum and brother to help raise awareness for cancer research.

More research is still needed for better outcomes for children with cancer. By donating to CLCRF, you can help us to not only increase the chances of survival, but also fund research into more effective protocols for drug treatment therapy.

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