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Nambung Country Music Muster raises money for CLCRF

The Nambung Country Music Muster returned for its 4th year from October 24 to 27 at Nambung Station, just 200kms north of Perth and nestled alongside the state’s world famous Pinnacles.

The 4-day camping event has quickly grown as a favourite amongst the country music lovers from all around Australia. Not only do attendees get to enjoy music, poetry, dancing and a great country atmosphere, but they also get the pleasure of knowing they are helping to support important causes.

The Nambung Country Music Muster supports local groups, with a large proportion of proceeds going towards several different charities. This year, the festival was able to raise $2,000 for the Foundation, which will go towards the vital research into childhood cancer.

We would like to thank the Nambung Country Music Muster for their kind donation and for continuing to support CLCRF. We wish them nothing but success for next year’s event!

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The Gift of Giving through Everyday Hero

For many of us, it can be a real struggle not just to decide what we want for our birthday, but what we actually need. Why not use the occasion as an opportunity to do something more meaningful? This is exactly what Natalie and Andy Lukas have done by asking their family and friends to give the gift of giving.

With his 40th birthday coming up, Andy communicated to his wife Natalie that he wanted to do something that involved giving, rather than receiving. “He suggested cooking a big BBQ for the homeless but I thought something that provided for more than a day’s help was possibly more satisfying,” said Natalie.

Natalie decided to set up a surprise Everyday Hero page for her husband in support of CLCRF. The choice to support CLCRF stemmed from their own personal reasons. “Andy and I had a scare with our second child, Charlie, earlier this year when he suddenly developed a blood disorder,” explained Natalie.

“We were so grateful to find out he was not in fact diagnosed with leukaemia as we had anticipated from the initial results. This inspired me to help support and raise awareness of the work of Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.”

Natalie and Andy are aware of the suffering that those battling blood cancers have to endure after Andy’s mum was diagnosed with a haematological cancer 2 years ago.

“It’s incredibly sad that anyone suffers a haematological cancer… but more tragic for this to happen to a child and result in loss of such young lives.”

Andy was presented with his Everyday Hero page on Saturday, October 19 after an incredible total of $2550.57 had been raised for the Foundation by his generous friends and family.

“My husband loved his webpage and looks forward to trying to build up the donation bank himself!”

We would like to thank both Natalie and Andy for choosing to support the Foundation through this wonderful gift idea! Do you have a birthday coming up or want to do something a little more meaningful this Christmas? It’s easy to create your own fundraising page through Everyday Hero. Simply follow the steps below.

How to create a fundraising page:

  1. Create a fundraising page and select CLCRF as your charity.
  2. Personalise your page with a photo and tell everyone why you’re supporting CLCRF.
  3. Share your unique supporter page link with your friends, family, and colleagues through social media.
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Happy Birthday Geoff!

Geoff became actively involved in fundraising for research into childhood cancers after two of his sons were struck by the terrible disease. His son Brent was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just shy of his third birthday and his other son Stewart was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just 13 years old.

After feeling helpless watching his two sons battling cancer, Geoff joined forces with Peter Harper at CLCRF and took fundraising to a whole new level. Geoff was appointed Chairman in 1982 and within two years, he helped to raise $100,000 and recruited renowned cancer research Professor Ursula Kees.

Geoff has always been dedicated to serving the community, as demonstrated through rewards and accolades. In 2009 Geoff was made a member of the General Division for the Order of Australia, in 2014 he was a finalist for the WA Senior Australian of the Year and in 2018 AMP honoured him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Some incredible achievements!

It’s without a doubt that the Foundation would not be where it is today without the amazing leadership and dedication of Geoff.

Thank you, Geoff! We wish you nothing but joy in your milestone year and may you enjoy many more beautiful days ahead of you.

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Music and Fun

Source: Post Newspapers – October 19 2019 – page 74

The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation’s annual family night out is at Gloucester Park on Saturday, November 9, with Perth Symphony Orchestra perform- ing family favourites. Tickets are $45, children free, and proceeds support research into childhood cancers. Take a picnic or enjoy take-aways from food trucks. Gates open at 4.30pm and the musical fun starts at 5.30pm.

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Saving at the Show with CLCRF

We were recently delighted to offer some of our supporters a wonderful opportunity at this year’s Perth Royal Show, thanks to Lotterywest and the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia.

Deserving families were invited to the Lotterywest Animal Nursery experience with Farmer Nigel which included free tickets to the show, conveniently located parking, food vouchers and complimentary showbags.

It is no secret that the Perth Royal show can put a big dent in the family budget, so we are grateful we were able to relieve some financial pressure and offer an incredible experience to children who may not have had the chance to attend otherwise.

“We could never have afforded to go to the Royal Show without you,” said Chrissy Roberts, who attended the experience with her daughter and four grandchildren. “We worked out with four food vouchers, $20 parking, three free show bags from the Animal Nursery, and the entry costs for the six of us, we have saved $200 and we are so very grateful.”

We greatly appreciate this opportunity afforded to us by Lotterywest and the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia. It is wonderful to see these organisations demonstrating social responsibility and supporting the wider community.

The Foundation looks forward to continuing a relationship with these organisations and we hope to be able to provide similar opportunities to our supporters in the future.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and opportunities from CLCRF!

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Riders to tackle trek

Source: South Western Times – Written by: Zoe Keenan
Friday, 11 October 2019 8:33AM

More than 20 cyclists from Perth and the South West will hit the road on Sunday for a week-long ride to raise money for children’s cancer research.

The South West Bike Trek will see 24 riders start in Subiaco and journey through the South West in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Along the way riders will stop off at Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will be participating for their second and sixth year respectively, and will cover a gruelling 600km.

Neither have a tie to the cause and simply signed up for the challenge of the ride, but Mr Pritchard said it was not long until he found himself wanting to do more to raise money for the cause.

“I originally did the ride for the challenge but then got caught up in the fundraising of the ride and I’ve done other things here and there with the foundation now,” he said.

“The friendships and the way the group bonds is amazing… by the third day you’re one big family.”

On Tuesday riders will visit Shire of Harvey offices for an afternoon tea and have dinner at the Rotary Club of Harvey.

On Wednesday the riders will take students from Harvey Primary School for a spin before attending dinner at the South Bunbury Rotary Club.

Image: Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will participate in this year’s ride. Picture: Zoe Keenan

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Raising Funds Through Marathon Match

The Foundation was recently thrilled to receive a donation of $1,090 from the wonderful students and teachers at Lynwood Senior High School.

The funds were raised through a marathon soccer match which saw a total of 45 students and a few crazy teachers playing indoor soccer for a duration of 24-hours. The players were separated into two teams, Blue and Green, and played in two-hour shifts while the Soccer Committee Parents cooked dinner and breakfast for everyone.

The goal of the match was to raise money for the Soccer Academy and CLCRF. Over $6,000 was raised in total, a remarkable feat that matched the efforts on the court.

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Age is no Barrier for Paula Prynne

Paula Prynne, great-grandmother from South Yunderup, will prove that age is no barrier while raising money for CLCRF at this year’s South West Bike Trek.

The 80-year old will ride an incredible 600 kilometres over six days, starting in Subiaco on October 13 and ending in Augusta. Paula and her fellow cyclists will stop in the wonderful towns of Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

This will be the longest ride to date for the Mandurah Over 55 Cycling Club member and, despite her only been cycling for two years, Paula holds little nerves thanks to her training.

“I’ve been training quite thoroughly for this, riding roughly 250kms per week, and I’ll be riding with a group so it’s completely safe,” said Paula. “It’s not compulsory for participants to finish the ride but I’m quite confident I can get it done.”

Paula completed her first cycling event in the Great Ocean Ride last year and she plans to make raising money through cycling an annual tradition.

“I find cycling gives me something to look forward to and I honestly just love it,” Paula explained. “And if I can take the thing I love doing and use it to raise money to help these kids that might be going through hell, then that’s all the better.”

We praise Paula for not letting her age be a barrier and we wish her the best of luck for the South West Bike Trek, which will take place from October 13 to 19.

The South West Bike Trek aims to raise funds for important research into childhood cancer research and this year the target to reach is $50,000. If you would like to join Paula and help raise funds for the Foundation, registrations are still open for the 2019 South West Bike Trek. Alternatively, you can help support the cause by making a donation to the Foundation.

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Support CLCRF at The Color Run Perth!

Looking for a fun, healthy and uncompetitive way to support CLCRF and raise funds for childhood cancer research? Then The Color Run Perth 2019, taking place at Claremont Showground on Sunday 20 October, sounds like the perfect event for you!

The Color Run, also known as the happiest 5K on the Planet, is a five-kilometre, untimed event that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Runners are asked to wear white and are doused from head to toe in a different coloured powder at each kilometre mark.

At the completion of the run, the colourful participants can enjoy the Finish Festival, a party equipped with music, dancing, photo opportunities and activities.

Since The Color Run has no winners or official times, it is an event that caters to everyone from first time runners to seasoned athletes. To date, the event has donated more than $5 million to charity.

If you’re interested in supporting CLCRF at this wonderful event, simply follow the steps below!

How to support CLCRF at The Color Run:

Step 1: Create a fundraising page and select CLCRF as your charity.

Step 2: Personalise your page with a photo and tell everyone why you’re supporting CLCRF.

Step 3: Share your unique supporter page link with your friends, family, and colleagues via social media.