Mandurah over 55 Kayak Club Donations to CLCRF

For 23 years, the Mandurah over 55 Kayak Club has held various functions to raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation. This was initiated by two of the Kayak Club members who are the parents of Tracey, a child who died of a rare bone cancer.

The first Charity Paddle in support of CLCRF was held on the Murray River from Sandy Cove to Pinjarra and return, spanning approximately 42 kms. These paddles are now annual events still held on the Murray River at Murray Bend where members are charged $10 to paddle various distances, including a 30km return paddle to Pinjarra.

There is also a raffle for members, both active and retired, with proceeds added to the final donation tally to CLCRF. The morning ends with a BBQ provided by the Kayak Club. All paddles on this day are dedicated to raising funds for the Foundation.

Donations also come from a Book Club and a Craft Club who have Kayak club members participating in them, as well as a Morning Tea arranged by one of the members, and some other raffles along the way.

Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, the Mandurah over 55 Kayak Club Charity Paddle has not been able to go ahead the last 2 years. However, the club was still able to donate $2,000 this year from the various donations and funds left over from last year.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the Mandurah over 55s Kayak Club. During these uncertain times, we admire the Club’s generosity and we look forward to many more years of their support.

Thank you for the past 40 days!

Our 40Kin40days campaign has come to an end. This initiative was created to commemorate the Foundation’s inception by spreading kindness in the community. We believe we did just that, thanks to your help!

A big thank you to every single person who decided to choose kindness during the past 40 days by donating to CLCRF. You have all helped us in our commitment to ensure we can continue funding the ground-breaking research to find better treatments for childhood cancers.

Our 40Kin40days would not have been possible without the incredible support of Springfree Trampoline. Springfree Trampoline not only helped us share our message of kindness to a wider audience, but they even generously donated a trampoline for us to give away to one of our lucky supporters.

The very lucky winner of the Springfree Jumbo Round Trampoline has been contacted by the Foundation. So, if you entered to win, be sure to check your email because it might just be you!

40Kin40days may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue spreading kindness. As we continue navigating through these unprecedented times, it’s time for our researchers to continue their important work, so that more children can live the long and fulfilling lives they deserve.

Make a donation towards childhood cancer research today.

CLCRF wins two more Local Matters!

Thanks to the help of the generous Perth community, CLCRF has won not one, but two, more Grill’d Local Matters campaigns! The Foundation was selected to participate in the Local Matters program at Grill’d Scarborough in April and at Grill’d Shafto Lane in May.

At these two restaurants, CLCRF went up against two other organisations to receive the most tokens by the end of the month. As the organisation that accumulated the most tokens, CLCRF has received a $300 donation from both venues – that’s a total of $600 towards childhood cancer research!

Tokens are given out to customers with every burger purchase, so we would like to thank every single customer who used their token to support the Foundation. Your consideration will help scientists find more effective treatments for childhood cancer.

We also thank Grill’d for selecting us to participate in this wonderful initiative that gives back to the community. We hope to be able to participate again in the future!

Grill’d is all about fresh and healthy burgers. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or all in, there is sure to be something for you on their delicious menu! Visit the wonderful team at Grill’d Scarborough or Grill’d Shafto Lane, or find another store near you.

$6557 raised at the Perth Tradie Expo!

This year’s Perth Tradie Expo, supported by Toolmart, took place over the weekend of Friday 18 to Sunday 20 of June at Ascot Racecourse. The always-exciting event provides a once-a-year opportunity for tradies and DIY enthusiasts to purchase tools and equipment at bargain prices.

We are grateful to have been invited back to the Expo this year to collect gold coin donations on entry alongside the Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue.

A total of $6557 was raised for childhood cancer research over the weekend. This incredible result would not have been possible without our amazing volunteers who braved the cold weather to collect these funds.

A big thank you to Emma, Shane, Eric, Cornelia, Barry, Sue, Maddy, Nehan Rebecca, Sarah, Alecia, Pia, Gordon, Calum, Mara, Emily G, Garry P, Mike, Alex, Emily, Gary K, Anthony, Wendy, Jody, Lavanya, Sophie, and Andrea.

We would also like to thank every single person who attended the Expo and decided to put their gold coin donation in our tins! Your contribution will go a long way to help future generations of children live cancer-free.

Finally, we thank Toolmart for inviting us back to the Expo again this year. This is always such an exciting weekend for our volunteers and staff, and we are so grateful for the great opportunity to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

A Record-Breaking Quiz Night!

On Saturday 12 June, the Foundation held its annual Keep the Flame Alive Quiz Night at Lathlain Function Centre at Perth Football Club. This event was once again a sell-out, with every table full thanks to our wonderful supporters and quiz-enthusiasts.

What’s even better than a sold-out event? A record-breaking one! Our Quiz Night broke a fundraising record for the Foundation, raising a total of $20,659 for childhood cancer research in one night!

We are over the moon with his incredible result. Without the support of small businesses across Western Australia donating what they can to the cause, we would not be able to break our fundraising total year in and year out.

Congratulations to table 18 who took the win at this year’s Quiz Night. We had some very clever minds in the room on the night, including researchers from Telethon Kids Institute, so this is a great achievement.

The Quiz Night was once again MC’d by fan-favourite Sean Fry. He kept the audience entertained all night long and it was no wonder people asked us to invite him back this year!

A big thank you to our amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the Quiz Night would be as successful as possible. We would especially like to acknowledge Michele, Jonelle, and Kristy, who ran around collecting the wonderful donations, made them up into beautiful hampers and made sure everything ran smoothly on the night.

We would also like to thank Kathy, Chris, Gary, Keeley and Kholee, who donated their time to help on the night. This event is undoubtedly a team effort, and we couldn’t be prouder for what we have achieved together this year. “It was such an outstanding effort by the whole team,” said CEO Andrea Alexander.

For a fifth year, we thank Perth Football Club who kindly donated the Lathlain Function Centre for the Quiz Night. With a spacious hall, a large bar, and a separate room for our silent auction, we could not imagine a better venue for this event.

Lastly, we must thank every single person who came to the Quiz Night on Saturday. “We are once again so appreciative for the amazing generosity of our supporters which lead to this amazing result,” expressed Andrea. “These funds will go a long way to help fund the vital research into childhood cancers.”

Here are the businesses who kindly helped us out this year:

A Tea-rrific donation!

One of our incredible supporters, Rebecca Kenna, held a Charity High Tea Event at Catch22 Tapas and Cocktail Lounge in Mandurah last May to raise vital funds for the Foundation. We are so pleased to report that this event raised a total of $364 for childhood cancer research.

The event included delicious treats and tea, as well as amazing raffle prizes. This was Rebecca’s first time hosting a fundraising event and not only do we congratulate her on her success, but we thank her for generously choosing to support our Foundation.

As with every great event, there is usually a team of people who helped make it possible. “I’d like to thank Chantelle Wittaker, Shann Goudge, and my husband Kevin Gardiner for helping me set up the event on the day,” said Rebecca.

“I’d also like to thank those that attended and helped to raise money for CLCRF,” Rebecca expressed. “It was a great turn out and I really hope we can do something like this again.”

We thank Rebecca for her incredible support! If you would like to create your own fundraiser event to support childhood cancer research, please get in touch with us today.

Cara’s cut for cancer

The Foundation has recently received the amazing support of Cara Davis who cut her very long hair to raise funds for childhood cancer research. “I decided to cut my hair and donate it to be made into a wig,” said Cara. “I then thought why not raise some money whilst I am at it!”

Cara created a Facebook Fundraiser, encouraging her family and friends to donate to CLCRF to raise funds for childhood cancer research being done in Western Australia. Thanks to her very generous supporters, Cara was able to raise a total of $3,170!

“I want to thank everyone for your amazing support and generosity for such an incredible cause,” Cara expressed on her Fundraiser page. Cara is now rocking a beautiful new hair style which will help remind her of the difference she has helped make for future generations of children.

The Foundation thanks Cara and everyone who donated to her Facebook Fundraiser. Facebook Fundraisers are an excellent way to support a cause you are passionate about. There are also no processing fees, so 100% of donations will go directly to the charity.

Want to set you your own Facebook Fundraiser for CLCRF? All you need to do is head to the Fundraiser Creator Page, select the Charity option, and search for “Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc).”

If you decide to create your own CLCRF Fundraiser, we would love to hear about it! Simply let us know by sending us an email or a Facebook message.

Waverley College Walkathon Donation

For the past three years, Waverley College, an Independent school in Sydney NSW, has generously chosen to support CLCRF in their Junior School Annual Walkathon. From their most recent event, held in November last year, the Junior School raised an incredible total of $7,000 for the Foundation!

“For those who know of our Junior School Annual Walkathon, this year has been the most challenging we have faced,” said Mr Anthony Gill, Walkathon Coordinator. “We were worried that the event would have to be cancelled owing to the current health precautions but with the knowledge that the charities we support are still in need of our financial support, we had to try our best to go ahead with the Walkathon.”

We are so grateful not only for the school’s decision to safely go ahead with the Walkathon, but also for their decision to support our Foundation again. We rely heavily on community support to continue funding the vital research into childhood cancers.

“These charities have already suffered a reduction in support from the community,” Anthony expressed. “So today, we held our Walkathon in a modified and Covid-safe format with energetic and enthusiastic boys willing to do something positive for those less fortunate.”

In total, 2422km was walked by the boys participating in the Walkathon. Three of the boys walked 13km in the 75 minutes but one boy topped the honours by walking 14km. What an incredible effort!

We thank Anthony for organising this event, all of the boys who participated, and everyone in the Waverley College Junior School community for their wonderful fundraising efforts. This generous donation will go a long way to help us fund the research into childhood cancers.

Why COVID-19 affects people like me…

From CLCRF Treasurer, Justin Bruce:

2020 was CLCRF’s 40th Anniversary and, due to the pandemic all the celebratory/ event plans were either put on hold or cancelled.  This certainly gave a lot of people in the childhood cancer community reason to feel a lot of stress, almost some PTSD moments.  This time last year I began to struggle myself as I was forced into isolation for 6 months due to my medical history and compromised immune system.  Forty years after being diagnosed with Leukaemia I was still hiding away from contaminates that could affect my health severely.

In 1980 it was measles, mumps, and chicken pox from other children.  In 2020 it was COVID-19.  It was very surreal and made me think the nightmare will never end for me.  In the 12 months since that day, I have not shaved or cut my hair.  I think it’s time to remove the mane to heal the pain.  As a newly appointed Treasurer for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation I want to present the image that with more funding great outcomes can happen. Such as me still being here… You all know my story so now it’s time to show your support.  Donate to our latest cause.  Forty years ago I lost my hair twice.  So third time’s the charm.

If you would like to support Justin and make a donation towards childhood cancer research, head to his Facebook donation page!

Stopping the spread while supporting childhood cancer research

Face masks have become very popular accessories thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, with most of us having to wear one at least once in the past year. In a creative way to raise funds for childhood cancer research, lon­­g-time supporter and good friend of the Foundation Judi Haederle has been making and selling her own face masks and donating all proceeds towards CLCRF!

An incredible total of $112 has been raised through Judi’s face mask sales so far. Judi has been selling these masks for just $8 each, and she sold the majority of them to friends and family during Perth’s sudden 5-day lockdown in early February.

Judi came up with the idea after reading the 31st Volume of our Foundation Update Newsletter, released in April 2020. This Newsletter was released in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and featured many stories about how the pandemic is affecting families currently undergoing cancer treatment.

“Right at the beginning of the COVID-19 scare, I saw a story about how parents are worried about their children with weakened immune systems, because of their cancer treatment,” said Judi. “I just wanted to do something to help.”

Judi is no stranger to childhood cancer, having sadly lost her daughter, Natasha, to the disease back in 2003, when she was just nine years old. Natasha was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of three. She had been in remission for two years and was featured as the face of Telethon in 2002 before doctors discovered that the cancer had returned.

Judi and her husband Mike have been supporting the Foundation ever since Natasha’s passing, helping to raise funds and awareness for the vital research into childhood cancers so that future generations of children can go on to live the long and healthy lives they deserve.

This was such a creative and helpful way to raise funds for childhood cancer research and we thank Judi for her incredible support! If you would like to get your hands on one of Judi’s face masks, contact us today.

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