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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 an incredible $290 for the Foundation.

“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!  

 

 

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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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$5,324 raised for CLCRF at the Chevron City to Surf

The Chevron City to Surf took place on Sunday 25 August, with thousands of runners and walkers hitting the Perth pavement in near-perfect conditions.

A big thank you to those who participated in the event to raise money for CLCRF – Gary Bentel, Julie Rosenthal and Kate Lamers. Because of the wonderful efforts of these three participants, a combined total of $5,324 was raised for the Foundation, far exceeding previous years!

We would particularly like to acknowledge the admirable fundraising efforts by Gary. Gary was able to raise a total of $4821.70, which put him in 7th place on the individual fundraising leader board – a tremendous achievement!

Gary has been supporting CLCRF since 2007 and his decision to participate in the City to Surf’s 12km run this year stemmed from his desire to do more for the Foundation.

“The hills on the City to Surf were really challenging,” said Gary. “But just thinking about the hills and challenges that kids with Leukaemia have to overcome made them a breeze and I’m really grateful I could support CLCRF.”

Not only has Gary, Julie and Kate’s participation helped to raise important funds for childhood cancer research, but they have also helped to raise more awareness in the Perth community.

The Chevron City to Surf is a wonderful community-based fun run and we look forward to seeing the participation and fundraising efforts at next year’s event!

Are you interested in supporting CLCRF in a fun run this year? The Color Run Perth, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is on 20 October 2019 at the Claremont Showground. This is a 5km untimed event catering to everyone from first time runners to seasoned athletes. Register now and start fundraising for CLCRF!

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Over $5,000 raised through Facebook

Did you know you can create your own fundraiser for CLCRF through Facebook?

Facebook’s partnership with PayPal through the PayPal Giving Fund has allowed users to set up their own fundraisers on the platform to support a charity of their choice. This wonderful initiative was established late last year and we are so pleased to announce that so far a total of $5,940.31 has been raised for the Foundation!

We are so glad to see our supporters making use of this exciting way to fundraise! This is a particularly great initiative to help make your birthday even more meaningful, with Facebook now prompting users to create a fundraiser ahead of their special day. If you create a birthday fundraiser, your friends will be invited to help you support the cause.

The service allows for secure online donations and there are no fees for the organisation or individual donors, meaning 100% of the funds are distributed towards childhood cancer research when you choose to fundraise for CLCRF.

CLCRF supports PayPal and Facebook’s commitment to enable greater charitable giving and we are happy to be able to give our supporters an easily accessible and uncomplicated way to fundraise.

If you would like to fundraise for CLCRF through Facebook, all you have to do is click the “create” button on the top of your Facebook page, then select the “Fundraiser” option. When asked what charity to donate to, simply search for “Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation” and you will see our account.

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West Leederville Primary School Fundraiser

The wonderful students of West Leederville Primary School recently held a fundraiser to benefit CLCRF. On Friday 21 June, students and staff were invited to wear their pyjamas to school and bring a gold coin donation to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

We are thrilled to announce that through this fundraising event, a total of $667.10 was raised for The Foundation. This is a terrific effort!

Just by wearing their pyjamas to school, the staff and students of West Leederville Primary School have helped fund important research into childhood cancer and raise awareness for the Foundation.

This goes to show that there are so many ways to fundraise and help make a difference! We would like to thank West Leederville Primary School for supporting the Foundation through this fun initiative.

If you have your own fundraising ideas, our team is always ready to help you in any way we can! Simply email us or call our office on 08 9363 7400.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Don’t miss out! buy-tickets

Kai’s Big GOLD Ball will take place on Saturday 31 August at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and tickets are selling fast! Click here to purchase individual tickets or tables of 10.

Find out more about Kai’s Big GOLD Ball.

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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.

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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!

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