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Making a difference on their special day

Earlier this year, good friends of the Foundation, Nicole Carey and Gary Ronayne, got married in the beautiful town of Athlone, Ireland. On the biggest day of their lives, they decided to help make a difference in the lives of children facing a cancer diagnosis.

In lieu of wedding favours, Nicole and Gary chose to make a donation towards childhood cancer research at CLCRF on behalf of each guest. A total of $300 was donated towards the Foundation thanks to the couple’s generous incentive.

“Thank you for being part of our special day,” read the wedding favour cards that greeted guests on their table. “We have made a donation in your honour to The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation. We feel the best gift we can give is the gift of helping others.”

The couple are great friends of the Foundation and long-time supporters of the cause. Gary is involved with the Morley Gaels Gaelic Football Association who have been supporting CLCRF for many years, having donated nearly $10,000 to the Foundation. The club also proudly wears the CLCRF logo on their shirts.

With Nicole originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland and Gary from Cork in Ireland, they decided to marry in the middle –  Athlone, a beautiful town on the River Shannon.

We would like to thank Nicole and Gary for their generosity and for thinking of the Foundation on such a special and momentous occasion in their lives.

Donating in lieu of wedding favours is a growing trend that speaks to the desire to make a difference in the world. By helping to raise funds for important research into childhood cancer, we couldn’t think of a more meaningful way to thank guests for their presence.

Are you or someone you know planning on tying the knot soon? Or maybe you have a birthday, christening or another special event coming up? Get in contact with us today via email or on (08) 9363 7400 about making a donation to childhood cancer research in lieu of gifts!

 

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Give back this holiday season through the Paypal Giving Fund

On December 3, PayPal announced their exciting new #GivingTuesday campaign, giving all not-for-profit organisations and charities the chance to receive extra funds throughout the holiday season!

Donors simply need to make a donation through the PayPal Giving Fund and PayPal will match 10% of that donation for the chosen charity.

That means, if you make a $100 donation to CLCRF, the Foundation will actually receive $110! This is a wonderful way for our supporters to help us raise extra funds for childhood cancer research during the season of giving.

The PayPal Giving fund allows for secure online donations with no fees for organisations or individual donors, meaning you can rest assured that 100% of the funds will be distributed directly to the Foundation.

Donations will be matched on a first come, first served basis until December 31 or until a $50,000 donation cap has been reached. So be sure to make the most of this generous offer while it lasts and help support childhood cancer research.

Donate through the PayPal Giving Fund now!

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Boar Swamp Campdraft Raises over $7000 for Childhood Cancer Research!

The Boar Swamp Campdraft took place last month, from November 22 to November 24. The popular event was held at the McLarty family’s Blythewood farm near Pinjarra, with funds raised going towards CLCRF.

Campdrafting is a uniquely Australian sport that dates back to the late 1800s and involves a horse and a rider working cattle for the coveted title of the best stockhorse and rider.

The Boar Swamp Campdraft Club have been supporting the Foundation for a number of years now and we couldn’t be more grateful for their wonderful efforts!

This year, not only did the club pledge $3500 for the Foundation, but campdrafter Jacob Walmsley also kindly offered his face to raise extra funds. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the crowd, Jacob was able to raise an additional $4349.35 and is now sporting a bad mullet, no eyebrows, half a beard and a bald crown.

That’s an incredible total of $7,849.35 going towards childhood cancer research!

We would like to congratulate the organisers on another successful campdraft event, as well as all of the competitors and winners. We sincerely appreciate the Boar Swamp Campdraft Club’s ongoing support and contribution to our cause. We look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future!

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Decorate your Christmas Tree with a Donation Bauble!

Not sure what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Or maybe you want to do something a little more meaningful this year? Simply make a donation to CLCRF during Christmas-time and we will send you a special little bauble to give as a gift or hang on your tree!

All you need to do is make a donation online and mention in the comments that you would like to turn your donation into a bauble. We will then send it to you along with your receipt – it really is that easy!

This idea comes from last year’s Christmas Appeal with Karalee on Preston where we took the humble Christmas ornament to the next level in a unique incentive for patrons to donate. Visitors to Karalee on Preston had the opportunity to purchase a bauble over the bar for any donation amount they chose and place it on the pub’s beautiful tree.

We are so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Karalee on Preston again this year, with their Christmas tree set to go up this week! So head on down to the award-winning pub, try their delicious food, grab yourself a drink and help decorate their Christmas tree with a donation!

At CLCRF, our goal is to continue to raise funds for childhood cancer research in order to find more effective treatments for young children so they can enjoy a better quality of life and be reunited with their families sooner. By helping to fund this important research, a CLCRF bauble makes for a truly special Christmas gift.

Donate online and request your bauble today.

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Kerrin to Shave her Head for Childhood Cancer Research!

In an effort to raise money for the important research into childhood cancer, the amazing Kerrin Hampson is shaving her head… again! Kerrin announced the news at the CLCRF Family Night Out which took place on Saturday, November 9.

Kerrin is no stranger to getting rid of her locks to raise funds for childhood cancer. In 2013, she shaved her head for the first time after her son Marley finished his treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Then again in November 2017 she got rid of around 30cm of hair to support Finlay Higgs, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer.

Even after Marley finished his treatment, Kerrin and her family have remained involved in raising awareness and funds for research into childhood cancer, with the hope that one day a cure will be found.

We would like to thank Kerrin for her ongoing support of the Foundation and we hope to see her smash her fundraising goal of $1000, with the help of our generous supporters!

If you would like to support Kerrin and the very worthwhile cause, simply make a donation through her Facebook fundraiser page.

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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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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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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.

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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 $290 for the Foundation.

A testament to her enthusiasm and dedication, Harper then went on to make more bracelets after her triumph at the school markets, bringing the total amount raised to an incredible $470!

“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!