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Raising crucial funds in memory of three brave little boys

The Februhairy Fun Razor, formerly referred to as Decembeared, asks men to grow a beard throughout February and raise money to shave it off at the end of the month. This Februhairy, Jon Wannberg hopes to raise at least $300 through their small office and with the help of friends in neighbouring offices.

Fundraising efforts by Jon and the CLCRF research project 3 Boy Legacy (3BL) have helped obtain equipment and consumables for ongoing research, which has greatly helped their team at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

3BL are always welcoming new fundraising ideas to further support CLCRF, having also held art expos and fun runs in the past. “I’m always looking for an opportunity to raise funds for children’s cancer research…” says Jon, “…whether it’s through marathon running in England or Sweden or growing a beard in Australia.”

In 1996, three young boys, Matthew Webb, Justin Ward and Ricky Wannberg, tragically lost their lives to brain cancer. To honour their courageous battles, the families established the 3 Boys Legacy (3BL), a brain cancer research project administered by the CLCRF. 3BL aims to raise awareness and funds for children’s brain cancer research, “led by Research Fellow Dr Peter Dallas.

“There have been steady advances in our understanding of the molecular biology of medulloblastoma, which is the most common type of childhood malignant brain tumour.” Said Dr Peter Dallas.

“Overall, there is currently unprecedented optimism in the childhood cancer field that new, patient specific, and more effective treatments for medulloblastoma will become a reality within the next 10 years.”

February isn’t over yet, which means it’s not too late to join in on the Februhairy fun! If you or someone you know has been growing a beard, why not raise some money in support of 3BL and take part in the shave?

More information about 3BL can be found on their website and donations to CLCRF can be made here – please put Febuhairy in the comments so that we know the donation relates to John. Thank you.

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Smocked Dresses hobby raises funds for CLCRF

There’s nothing quite like a rewarding, fun and enjoyable hobby that takes your mind off the stresses of day-to-day life.

Whilst the majority of us may join the local sports team or take part in volunteering projects, CLCRF supporter Anne Chua’s hobby stems from her passion of smocking and sewing dresses for toddlers and young girls. Anne has utilised her hobby to not only keep herself and her little customers happy but also as a way to generously help raise money for the foundation.

All proceeds raised from Anne’s beautiful smock dresses go directly towards CLCRF’s groundbreaking research to combat childhood cancers.

For those who may not be aware, smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Smoked dresses are popular among young girls and are high quality, timeless and can be used for formal or casual occasions.

Anne has so far raised over $700 and says she will continue to donate the proceeds of her smock dress hobby to CLCRF.

CLCRF would like to thank Anne for her generous donation and her ongoing efforts to raise funds for the foundation.

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Toolmart supports CLCRF with donations from selected products

Our generous friends at Toolmart have come up with a unique way to raise funds for CLCRF. Part proceeds from the sale of charity marked products in their catalogue help fund vital research into childhood cancers.

Toolmart’s Loyalty Program includes a number of products in their monthly catalogue that have a HERO gold coin attached to them. Anyone who purchases one of these marked products will automatically have a portion of their sale sent to the donation kitty. 50% of donations are sent right here to CLCRF.

We are extremely thrilled to be able to work with the whole team from Toolmart to develop and promote this program to our members and supporters as well as the general public.

“We are WA owned and operated – and we are supporting WA charities. I hope you all get behind this as it is a great way for Toolmart to further support the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation,” said Ian Peterson, Sales and Marketing Manager of Toolmart Australia.

We, along with Toolmart, hope to see everyone get behind this initiative and look to buying tools that will help fund child cancer research.

Head to Toolmart to check out this Summer’s catalogue.

 

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CLCRF presented with donation from NIBA Gala Lunch

Back in July, our CEO Andrea Alexander attended the 2018 National Insurance Brokers Association Gala Lunch, held at the Crown Resort. There was a fantastic turn out from those in the insurance industry – with record numbers attending.

Funds were again raised for CLCRF and Cystic Fibrosis WA via auctions during the event.  The Foundation recently received a donation for $3,485, which was half of the funds raised.

NIBA is the peak body of the insurance broking profession in Australia and represents an estimated 90% of all insurance brokers in Australia.

CLCRF would like to thank Dallas Booth, the CEO of NIBA, the Chairman of NIBA WA, Ross Bethell, and to all the WA members for their continued support of the Foundation.

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John’s Journey around Australia raises more than $16,000 for child cancer research

At the start of June, John Buchanan left his Bedfordale home on an anticlockwise journey around Australia on his vintage Yamaha X5650 motorbike. 6 weeks later, he finished his gigantic lap of Australia, raising a total of $16,242 for CLCRF.

John achieved this by stopping by at Woolworths stores at each location on his itinerary, rattling the tin, collecting donations and raising awareness of CLCRF. After close family friends lost their grandson to leukaemia late last year, John decided to take action and help raise money for the research into childhood cancers.

As well as the loose change donated by passers-by, many stories were shared of the families affected by leukaemia. Donors took great comfort to know that large strides were being made into finding a cure. John’s support crew consisted of his wife and son who followed John closely in their Toyota Landcruiser with a camper on the back.

Mr Buchanan would also like to thank all the local businesses, family and friends who donated and supported him in his trip through their Everyday Hero page.

Andrea Alexander, CEO of CLCRF said she’s thrilled with the support that John and his family received around Australia.

“We are very grateful for John for this wonderful contribution and would like to also thank all the people who supported him along his journey.”

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Nambung Country Music Muster raises money for CLCRF

In October 2018, the Nambung Country Music Muster was held at Nambung Station. The music festival saw 1,200 country music fans enjoying 4 days of entertainment around the historic Nambung Station shearing shed, 200 kilometres north of Perth.

Headlining the festival were the talented Pete Denahy, Sharon Heaslip, Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson. The festival celebrated all things country, with guests also enjoying old-time dancing, food trucks and the popular Bush Poets Breakfast.

The Nambung Country Music Muster supports local groups and a large proportion of the proceeds go to several different charities. The festival was able to raise $2000 for CLCRF which will go towards the vital research into childhood cancer.

CLCRF thanks the Nambung Country Music Muster for their kind donation and we wish them continued success for this year’s festival.

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University of NSW production raises money for CLCRF

Every year, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical students put on an amazing, charity-driven production that showcases their skills in acting, dancing, singing, music and tech production. UNSW donates all proceeds from their production to a selected charity each year and in 2018 all profits were proudly donated to CLCRF.

UNSW’s MedShow started in 2000 with the annual productions having traditionally been an original script exploring the lives of medical students and doctors.

Last year’s MedShow, titled She’s the Mandible, centred around an aspiring orthopaedic surgeon, Jessie who is rejected from the Bones R’ Us Hospital for Orthopaedics and Erectile Dysfunction on the basis of being a woman.

She’s the Mandible had three shows in October 2018 and was a huge success. We are thrilled to report that the UNSW were able to raise a generous $5,800 for CLCRF.

We would like to thank the UNSW for choosing to support CLCRF and the Foundation’s important research into childhood cancer.

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A Cause for Celebration with Beyond Bank

A few weeks ago we were absolutely thrilled to receive a donation $3,160 thanks to Beyond Bank and their kind customers, who have chosen CLCRF as their charity of choice with their Beyond Bank Community Reward Account.

The Beyond Bank Community Reward Account is a unique way for supporters (both individuals and businesses) to contribute to CLCRF.

It’s a high interest savings account which allows CLCRF supporters to save their money. And in return CLCRF receive a Community Reward Payment1, based on the combined average annual balances of all our supporter’s savings. Our supporters don’t pay a thing.

The earnings are not capped. So, the more supporters CLCRF have saving in this account, the more money will be rewarded to our organisation. Each year Beyond Bank donate over $400,0000 back to not-for-profit community organisations.

Show your support and head over now to Beyond Bank to start a Community Reward Account!

 

 

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Riding to Beat Cancer

This year the Southwest Bike Trek promises to be a fantastic fundraising event for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) and 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta to raise money for the CLCRF. The 588 km journey and will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stop en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

One of the riders, Katelyn Lush, also the Executive Assistant of the CLCRF, has been diligently training to participate in the trek for several months. With less than four weeks before the trek, event organiser, Eric Maddock, took Katelyn on a 66km training session from Perth to Mandurah. Katelyn successfully completed the ride in under three hours. As a result of this trial run, Katelyn says she is much more confident about completing the nearly 600 km journey.

“I have never ridden this distance in one stretch before. Every week of training I’m learning more about the world of cycling and also about myself.

“We are capable of anything if we set our minds to it and this ride on the weekend has only increased my excitement for the Bike Trek.”

Katelyn is up for the challenge of riding the trek for the first time because she knows how increased funding into child cancer research can save lives.

“I think of all the kids who aren’t able to learn how to ride a bike or go outside and play because they are in the fight of their lives to beat Childhood Cancer. If my partaking in the South West Bike Trek can raise some greatly needed funds for Child Cancer Research and raise awareness, that’s a challenge I will take on.”

We are so proud of Katelyn for her perseverance and determination to be involved in the bike trek!

If you would like to make a donation to support the Southwest Bike Trek, head over to  our make a donation page.

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Chronicles of Narnia High Tea & Fashion Show

On Friday 28 September at 2pm the Bunbury Senior Citizens Club is holding a Chronicles of Narnia High Tea & Fashion Show at the Bunbury Senior Citizens Club, 1 Stirling Street, Bunbury to raise money for the 2018 Southwest Bike Trek. Funds raised from the Southwest Bike Trek will go to the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) for childhood cancer research.

One of the participants of the Southwest Bike Trek is organising the fundraising High Tea and Fashion Show. There will be a continuous flow of tea and coffee with shared homemade treats, and Wardrobe Fashion will be showcasing the best of their evening and day wear for summer.

Not only that, the event will feature a White Witch Parade, Turkish Delight Competition, Gold Coin Pitch and other fun games such as Lucky Money Boards. Those attending are invited to wear their wedding dress or simply a crown for the White Witch Parade – prizes will go to the person with the most innovative costume! Tickets are only $20 and anyone interested in attending should contact Betty on 0419 648 260.

The High Tea will be funding the Southwest Bike Trek this year, which is held from Sunday 7-13 October and will start in Perth and end in Margaret River. To explore the Southwest on bike at a leisurely pace and meet like-minded bike riders, contact Eric Maddock on 0433 905 703 or email swbiketrrek@gmail.com.

CLCRF thanks the Bunbury Senior Citizens Club and the organisers of the annual Southwest Bike Trek for their fundraising efforts to further childhood cancer research! If you are in the Bunbury area, please support the High Tea and Fashion Show by booking your tickets with Betty on 0419 648 260.