Containers for Change turns one

Friday, October 1, marked the first anniversary of the Containers for Change program, which allows people to exchange used drink containers for a ten-cent refund. Since its commencement last year, Western Australians have returned 765 million containers through 253 refund points across WA.

A key feature of the scheme has been the ability for people making container deposits to donate their refunds to community and charitable organisations of their choice. Western Australians have been generous with their refunds, with these organisations having received $2.5 million through the Containers for Change program.

In honour of the anniversary, CLCRF General Manager Kylie Dalton visited the Scouts WA Recycling Depot in Kenwick with Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC, his wife Glenda and son Mitchell.

“Containers for Change have been a wonderful surprise for our Foundation,” said Kylie. “So many people in WA have really seen the benefits of recycling and support attaching that effort to charity.”

So far, CLCRF has raised approximately $1500 through Containers for Change. “Knowing the generosity of people in WA, we should see that total grow quite quickly,” said Kylie.

Please consider using our scheme ID: C10285275.

Eco Learning and Bush Kinder Kids Dress up for CLCRF

In August, Eco Learning and Bush Kinder Langford had a lot of fun celebrating Book Week at their centre. The children explored a variety of engaging experiences to further develop their love of books as well as their early literacy skills.

Families were invited to the centre to share favourites from home with classmates, and their community library saw much foot traffic, with children browsing different books to find that special one to take home for the evening.

To finish off the week, Eco Learning held a Book Week dress-up day, where the children and practitioners put together some amazing costumes portraying characters from their favourite books. All donations from this day went to CLCRF as their charity of choice, with a total of $85 raised. Everyone had a great week and they can’t wait to do it all again next year!

We thank Eco Learning and Bush Kinder Langford for their wonderful support.

A fine donation from Thornlie Bowling Club

For many years, CLCRF has received the generous support of the Thornlie Bowling Club. This year was no exception with the Club donating $860 towards childhood cancer research.

“At every bowling event, we have a fines session where we normally charge $1 per fine,” said Trevor Drummond, Thornlie Bowling Club Director. “These included fines for wrong bias, no names on a score card, not wearing the correct uniform, and anything else the fines master of the day could dream up.”

All funds raised through these fines were put in a donation tin that came directly to CLCRF. “Everyone was happy to see their fines go towards such an important cause,” expressed Trevor.

We would like to thank the Thornlie Bowling Club for their incredible support over the years. We also thank the bowlers who willingly paid their fines to our Foundation to help support the important research into childhood cancers.

St Ives Fete Day

On Sunday, 25 July, St Ives Retirement Living’s Northshore Village hosted a Fete Day to raise funds for childhood cancer research. The Fete Day included a white elephant stall, a chocolate wheel, cake stall, sausage sizzle, afternoon tea, children’s games, mini golf and so much more.

“Our fun Fete Day went off very well,” said Glenys Sefton, who ran the white elephant stall on the day. “Luckily the sun shone on Sunday afternoon and the attendance was outstanding.”

The Fete Day raised $3225 for the Foundation. This is an amazing result, and we are so thankful for all the residents and their generous families who helped raise these vital funds which will help improve outcomes for future generations of children diagnosed with cancer.

We also thank everyone who helped organise the event, including Maureen the head organiser. It sounds like this event went off without a hitch, so we congratulate everyone who was involved and helped on the day.

A fruity donation from Butler IGA Food Market & Northern Valley Packers

Northern Valley Packers have been running a competition each month since June, looking for the best in-store citrus display. The store with the best display is awarded a $2,500 donation which they can put towards a community project or charity of their choice.

In July, the winner of this exciting competition was Butler IGA Food Market who generously donated their funds towards CLCRF, to support the vital research into childhood cancers.

We are so grateful for Butler IGA Food Market’s decision to support our Foundation and we congratulate them on their win.

Butler IGA Food Market is a family-owned business that is passionate about giving back to the community. “We would like to thank all our staff who have helped with the fruit and veg area which allowed us to win the competition, in turn allowing us to support a worthy cause helping children with leukaemia and cancer,” expressed the General Manager of the store.

A big thank you to everyone at Butler IGA Food Market, Rebelo Group and, of course, Northern Valley Packers for creating this fun way for grocers to give back to the community.

Beyond Bank rewards CLCRF

Thanks to our supporters, CLCRF has received a donation of $1649.21 from Beyond Bank, as part of their Beyond Bank Community Reward Program. Through the Community Reward Program, Beyond Bank is donating back a share of over $520,000 to hundreds of grassroots groups and charities across Australia.

This program is an exciting and unique way for supporters of the Foundation to contribute to childhood cancer research just by having a savings account with Beyond Bank. With a Community Reward Account, you can save your money and in return CLCRF receives a Community Reward Payment, based on the combined average annual balances of all supporter’s savings. Basically, the more you save, the more Beyond Bank will donate towards CLCRF.

A Beyond Bank Community Reward Account has many key benefits. There are no costs or monthly account-keeping fees, there are great interest rates, and you can conveniently access your account online on your phone 24/7.

So start saving and let Beyond Bank do the giving! Open a Community Reward Account today.

Giacinta’s head shave to honour a loved one

15-year-old Giacinta Chivers will be shaving her head this September to raise funds for childhood cancer research and honour her late Aunty who lost her life to the disease.

“Five years ago, I lost someone who was very close to my heart,” expressed Giacinta. “My Aunty Jo was someone who I could always look up to and admire for her strength and care. Her kind nature and strong will through battling cancer is what I am remembering and honouring by raising money to shave my head in her memory.”

The idea to shave her head came from Giacinta’s mother who shaved her own head during her Aunty’s battle. “My mum really inspired me with this,” said Giacinta. “I am hoping to raise $1000 dollars, however anything and everything I get is worth it to me.”

Her Aunty Jo’s passing has affected Giacinta and her family tremendously. “My Aunty was like a second mum to me,” she expressed. “We played doll house, kitchen cooking, and hair braiding together and she brought such special memories and experiences to my life.”

Giacinta will be shaving her head on 11 September, and we thank her for choosing to support our Foundation while honouring her beloved Aunty Jo.

“I decided to support CLCRF because I know childhood cancer is quite common within Australia,” Giacinta said. “I wanted to support a Foundation that was working hard to decrease these statistics.”

If you would like to support Giacinta and help her raise as much money as possible for childhood cancer research, simply head to her fundraising page.

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.

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