Around the Sound: Family Night Out

Source: Around the Sound: September 24, 2019

Summer is coming!  Except for the killer magpies, it’s the exact opposite feeling to the ‘Winter Is Coming’ refrain from Game Of Thrones, Perth is warming up and we’re coming back to life after a winter of relative hibernation.  Let’s face it, one drop of rain and most Perthites will stay under the doona in front of Netflix until half way through September.

Which is what makes those first big outdoor events of the summer so very special as we all emerge bleary eyed into the sunshine and begin to live again.  And, this year, on 9 November, Perth is blessed with what will be one of the biggest outdoor events of the summer, and the whole family is invited.

The Family Night Out featuring Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a fundraiser for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.  Around The Sound spoke to event coordinator, Kylie Dalton to find out more.

“This is out seventh event.  The others were nice cosy events for up to 500-1,000 people, but this one we decided to see what we could do if we could get a big name and make it an event for even more people.  That’s why we got Perth Symphony Orchestra.

“This is going to be our best family night out ever.

“It’s not just about the concert.  We’re hoping that it’s the perfect balmy end of spring, beginning of summer weather.  We’ve got the entire grassed area in the middle of Gloucester park.  There will be food trucks, a bouncy castle, a cuddly animal farm, everything will be right there for people.

“We designed the setlist to be family favourites.  The first set they play will be Disney favourites for the young kids.  The dance area at the front of the stage will be packed with kids.  After the first set the kids will settle down with Mums and dads on the blankets and people will be able to get up and have a bit of a boogie as well.”

The PSO’s song list includes all-time favourites from shows Frozen, The Lion King and The Greatest Showman and songs originally performed by Katy Perry, David Bowie and Taylor Swift. The supporting act is popular local musician JAX.

Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in Australian children. One in 500 kids will develop cancer before they reach their 15th birthday. As CLCRF receives no government funding, it relies on community support – especially the money it can raise at events such as the Family Night Out.

Gates open at 4.30pm, with the musical acts starting at 5.30pm.

For more information and tickets click here.

Sue Myc Morning Show 89.7fm

Radio Interview: 89.7fm – Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) Event Organiser Kylie Dalton had a chat with Sue Myc from 89.7fm on Wednesday, 18 September about the upcoming Family Night Out.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 9 November, will be CLCRF’s seventh Family Night Out and it is set to be the biggest and best one yet! Along with delicious food trucks and a variety of fun activities for the kids to enjoy, the Perth Symphony Orchestra will be playing their family favourites at the wonderful and convenient location of Gloucester Park.

As CLCRF receives no government funding, the Foundation relies heavily on people’s generosity and attendance at these kinds of events in order to ensure the ground-breaking research into childhood cancer can continue.

“It all comes down to the local community getting behind it, buying their tickets now and supporting this event,” said Kylie.

Listen to Kylie’s full interview with Sue to find out more about the wonderful community that supports a very worthwhile cause.




Parliament of WA Goes Gold!

We are so thrilled to see the Parliament of Western Australia helping to raise awareness for childhood cancer research by choosing to Go Gold in September.

Premier Mark McGowan and other Western Australian politicians have been proudly wearing our gold ribbons, a global symbol of childhood cancer awareness, to help spread the word about the need for more research.

Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Member for the East Metropolitan Region and CLCRF member, also made a heartfelt speech in Parliament at the beginning of the month encouraging everyone to Go Gold.

This is a matter that is very close to Matthew’s heart, with his son Mitchell being diagnosed with Carney-Stratakis Dyad in July 2015 when he was just 10 years old. Matthew and his wife have since been advocating to raise awareness for the plight of all families who are affected by the terrible disease

“[Thank you] to those like the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation for doing what they can to support those searching for cures and treatment,” said Matthew. “We are fortunate that we have public and community funded organisations that dedicate resources to researching cures for childhood cancers. This is largely the reason we have seen such significant improvements.”

We would like to send a big thank you to Matthew for acknowledging the Foundation in his parliamentary speech. We would also like to thank all the other members of the Parliament of Western Australia who have been wearing our gold ribbons in support of childhood cancer awareness. It’s great to see those in positions of power doing what they can to support such an important cause in the community.

In Australia, 710 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Sadly, of these children, 100 lose their battle with the disease. The only way to eliminate childhood cancer and improve treatment is through research, which can only continue when there is awareness to help with the funding.

If you would like to Go Gold to help us spread the word for childhood cancer research, you can contact our office to purchase gold ribbons or sunflower seeds. You can also raise awareness by entering our Facebook competition, purchasing a limited-edition Gold Tote bag from Field & Feather or buying a ticket to our Family Night Out!


Lotterywest Supports our Family Night Out

We are so excited to announce that the Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from Lotterywest to help fund our Family Night Out on Saturday, November 9.

Not only will this grant help us ensure that the night is the biggest and best family event possible, but it will also allow us to cover the cost of attendance for families battling cancer.

CLCRF’s Family Night Out has always been about the community coming together to support childhood cancer awareness and we are so appreciative that Lotterywest is helping to make this possible through their generous contribution.

Lotterywest makes grants directly available to not-for-profit community groups for charitable causes. In August, a total of $19.36million was granted to 66 organisations. We would like to thank Lotterywest for giving back to the Western Australian community and supporting important causes like childhood cancer research.

Have you got your tickets to the CLCRF Family Night Out yet? This is set to be a wonderful night for the whole family to enjoy, with the Perth Symphony Orchestra playing their family favourites, food tucks and a variety of great activities for the kids.

Kids get FREE entry and early bird adult tickets are available until September 21. Don’t miss out, book today!

Harper Goes Gold for CLCRF

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a special little girl has decided to Go Gold for CLCRF by making and selling bracelets at her school.

6-year-old Harper was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January 2016 when she was just 2 and half years old. Harper has now been in remission for just over a year and is doing her bit to help other little warriors fighting the horrible disease.

On Friday 6 September, Harper sold her bracelets at a market set up at her school and had tremendous success! Her $2 bracelets sold out within half an hour and she was able to raise $290 for the Foundation.

A testament to her enthusiasm and dedication, Harper then went on to make more bracelets after her triumph at the school markets, bringing the total amount raised to an incredible $470!

“She has from the get-go put 100% into making these bracelets and her school, Star of the Sea Rockingham, have gone above and beyond to support her,” said Harper’s mum Kris.

Harper gave the bracelets a special personal touch by naming each of them after a child from the 3B/1A ward at Perth Children’s Hospital. Each bracelet had a name, diagnosis and age attached to it, offering a great talking point at the school market.

The decision to raise funds for CLCRF through the bracelets stemmed from an overwhelming desire to share the kindness and support that Harper has received throughout her life.

“People around us have always been so generous and supportive with their time and money when it comes to Harper,” said Kris. Most recently at a work gala dinner, a silent-auction bidder kindly gave Harper a gold pearl they won after hearing how much she loved it. “She was so happy she cried and we knew we had to pay it forward.”

“With September coming up, I suggested CLCRF as it has been a charity we support and look up to. It was also a good way to talk to Harper about her diagnosis as she had limited knowledge due to her age.”

We would like to thank Harper and her family for choosing to Go Gold for CLCRF and raising money for childhood cancer research. We are so proud and grateful for Harper’s amazing efforts!

Are you doing something special to Go Gold in September? We would love to hear about it!  

Go Gold with a Tote Bag!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time where we are encouraged to “Go Gold” to put the spotlight on childhood cancer and the need to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. There are so many ways to Gold in September, from wearing a gold awareness ribbon, to entering our photo competition. Foundation supporter Donna Field has gone gold in the best way she knows how – by getting crafty!

Donna runs her own small business, Field and Feather, specialising in eco-friendly, reusable bags. For the month of September, Donna has hand painted a limited-edition Gold Feather Tote Bag with a donation from the sales being made to childhood cancer research at CLCRF.

Donna and her family became avid supporters of CLCRF after her son Jackson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October 2013. The Field family spent 3 years in and out of hospital while Jackson endured intensive chemotherapy.

“I decided to hand paint my limited-edition Gold Feather Tote Bag as a way to raise childhood cancer awareness, fundraise for CLCRF and continue my own healing journey following Jackson’s diagnosis,” said Donna.

Jackson has now been cancer free for 2 years and is enjoying life to the fullest. Donna aims to continue advocating for children with cancer and hopes to help create a better world for all children.

The beautifully crafted tote bags are not only a great way to support childhood cancer awareness, but they are also beneficial for the environment. These eco-bags are reusable and made from natural and certified organic cotton – making them the perfect replacement for single-use plastic.

Buy purchasing one of these limited-edition bags, you can feel good about your purchase knowing you are helping to make a difference in more ways than one. The bags are $25, with a gold coin donation from each sale going towards the Foundation. Australia wide shipping is available for a flat rate of $8.

The limited-edition Gold Feather Tote Bags can be purchased in one of the following ways:

We would like to thank Donna for supporting CLCRF and for helping to raise awareness for childhood cancer in such a wonderful and creative way. If you have also created a way for people to Go Gold in September, we would love to hear about it!

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