Fundraising Opportunity


Give a Donation for Christmas!

Christmas is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about what to give your loved ones. Not sure what to get someone who has everything or maybe you want to give something meaningful instead of participating in the over-the-top consumerism of the holidays? Why not give a donation gift card in lieu of gifts?

Thanks to MyCause, it has never been easier to create and give a charity donation gift card! The website allows you to choose from a variety of designs suitable for all occasions, including birthdays, holidays and Christmas. If you’re feeling extra creative or want to add a personal touch, you can also upload your own card image. The cards can then be customised with text and either emailed or printed at home.

If you are a company looking to give the gift of a donation to your employees or clients, you can even add your company logo and send a gift card to your entire contact list at once.

Giving a gift of a donation to CLCRF is a fantastic idea for a number of reasons. Not only is it quick and easy, but it will also help fund vital research into childhood cancer and make the recipient feel good about themselves.

How to create a donation gift card:

  1. Head to the MyCause Gift Card creation page.
  2. Choose your template and customise your card with text and an optional company logo.
  3. Choose “Donation Gift Card” as your gift card type and search for “Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.”
  4. Input the donation amount, the name to be shown in the email “from” field, and whether or not you would like to make the donation in honour of a particular person.
  5. Select whether you want to print the gift card at home or send it by email.
  6. Go to the checkout and complete your purchase!

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.

Riders to tackle trek

Source: South Western Times – Written by: Zoe Keenan
Friday, 11 October 2019 8:33AM

More than 20 cyclists from Perth and the South West will hit the road on Sunday for a week-long ride to raise money for children’s cancer research.

The South West Bike Trek will see 24 riders start in Subiaco and journey through the South West in the hope of raising $40,000 for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.

Along the way riders will stop off at Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will be participating for their second and sixth year respectively, and will cover a gruelling 600km.

Neither have a tie to the cause and simply signed up for the challenge of the ride, but Mr Pritchard said it was not long until he found himself wanting to do more to raise money for the cause.

“I originally did the ride for the challenge but then got caught up in the fundraising of the ride and I’ve done other things here and there with the foundation now,” he said.

“The friendships and the way the group bonds is amazing… by the third day you’re one big family.”

On Tuesday riders will visit Shire of Harvey offices for an afternoon tea and have dinner at the Rotary Club of Harvey.

On Wednesday the riders will take students from Harvey Primary School for a spin before attending dinner at the South Bunbury Rotary Club.

Image: Bunbury cyclists Ken Pritchard and Doreen Dow will participate in this year’s ride. Picture: Zoe Keenan


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.



Age is no Barrier for Paula Prynne

Paula Prynne, great-grandmother from South Yunderup, will prove that age is no barrier while raising money for CLCRF at this year’s South West Bike Trek.

The 80-year old will ride an incredible 600 kilometres over six days, starting in Subiaco on October 13 and ending in Augusta. Paula and her fellow cyclists will stop in the wonderful towns of Fairbridge, Preston, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River.

This will be the longest ride to date for the Mandurah Over 55 Cycling Club member and, despite her only been cycling for two years, Paula holds little nerves thanks to her training.

“I’ve been training quite thoroughly for this, riding roughly 250kms per week, and I’ll be riding with a group so it’s completely safe,” said Paula. “It’s not compulsory for participants to finish the ride but I’m quite confident I can get it done.”

Paula completed her first cycling event in the Great Ocean Ride last year and she plans to make raising money through cycling an annual tradition.

“I find cycling gives me something to look forward to and I honestly just love it,” Paula explained. “And if I can take the thing I love doing and use it to raise money to help these kids that might be going through hell, then that’s all the better.”

We praise Paula for not letting her age be a barrier and we wish her the best of luck for the South West Bike Trek, which will take place from October 13 to 19.

The South West Bike Trek aims to raise funds for important research into childhood cancer research and this year the target to reach is $50,000. If you would like to join Paula and help raise funds for the Foundation, registrations are still open for the 2019 South West Bike Trek. Alternatively, you can help support the cause by making a donation to the Foundation.


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.


Around the Sound: Family Night Out

Source: Around the Sound: September 24, 2019

Summer is coming!  Except for the killer magpies, it’s the exact opposite feeling to the ‘Winter Is Coming’ refrain from Game Of Thrones, Perth is warming up and we’re coming back to life after a winter of relative hibernation.  Let’s face it, one drop of rain and most Perthites will stay under the doona in front of Netflix until half way through September.

Which is what makes those first big outdoor events of the summer so very special as we all emerge bleary eyed into the sunshine and begin to live again.  And, this year, on 9 November, Perth is blessed with what will be one of the biggest outdoor events of the summer, and the whole family is invited.

The Family Night Out featuring Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a fundraiser for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.  Around The Sound spoke to event coordinator, Kylie Dalton to find out more.

“This is out seventh event.  The others were nice cosy events for up to 500-1,000 people, but this one we decided to see what we could do if we could get a big name and make it an event for even more people.  That’s why we got Perth Symphony Orchestra.

“This is going to be our best family night out ever.

“It’s not just about the concert.  We’re hoping that it’s the perfect balmy end of spring, beginning of summer weather.  We’ve got the entire grassed area in the middle of Gloucester park.  There will be food trucks, a bouncy castle, a cuddly animal farm, everything will be right there for people.

“We designed the setlist to be family favourites.  The first set they play will be Disney favourites for the young kids.  The dance area at the front of the stage will be packed with kids.  After the first set the kids will settle down with Mums and dads on the blankets and people will be able to get up and have a bit of a boogie as well.”

The PSO’s song list includes all-time favourites from shows Frozen, The Lion King and The Greatest Showman and songs originally performed by Katy Perry, David Bowie and Taylor Swift. The supporting act is popular local musician JAX.

Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in Australian children. One in 500 kids will develop cancer before they reach their 15th birthday. As CLCRF receives no government funding, it relies on community support – especially the money it can raise at events such as the Family Night Out.

Gates open at 4.30pm, with the musical acts starting at 5.30pm.

For more information and tickets click here.


Parliament of WA Goes Gold!

We are so thrilled to see the Parliament of Western Australia helping to raise awareness for childhood cancer research by choosing to Go Gold in September.

Premier Mark McGowan and other Western Australian politicians have been proudly wearing our gold ribbons, a global symbol of childhood cancer awareness, to help spread the word about the need for more research.

Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Member for the East Metropolitan Region and CLCRF member, also made a heartfelt speech in Parliament at the beginning of the month encouraging everyone to Go Gold.

This is a matter that is very close to Matthew’s heart, with his son Mitchell being diagnosed with Carney-Stratakis Dyad in July 2015 when he was just 10 years old. Matthew and his wife have since been advocating to raise awareness for the plight of all families who are affected by the terrible disease

“[Thank you] to those like the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation for doing what they can to support those searching for cures and treatment,” said Matthew. “We are fortunate that we have public and community funded organisations that dedicate resources to researching cures for childhood cancers. This is largely the reason we have seen such significant improvements.”

We would like to send a big thank you to Matthew for acknowledging the Foundation in his parliamentary speech. We would also like to thank all the other members of the Parliament of Western Australia who have been wearing our gold ribbons in support of childhood cancer awareness. It’s great to see those in positions of power doing what they can to support such an important cause in the community.

In Australia, 710 children aged 0-14 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Sadly, of these children, 100 lose their battle with the disease. The only way to eliminate childhood cancer and improve treatment is through research, which can only continue when there is awareness to help with the funding.

If you would like to Go Gold to help us spread the word for childhood cancer research, you can contact our office to purchase gold ribbons or sunflower seeds. You can also raise awareness by entering our Facebook competition, purchasing a limited-edition Gold Tote bag from Field & Feather or buying a ticket to our Family Night Out!



Lotterywest Supports our Family Night Out

We are so excited to announce that the Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from Lotterywest to help fund our Family Night Out on Saturday, November 9.

Not only will this grant help us ensure that the night is the biggest and best family event possible, but it will also allow us to cover the cost of attendance for families battling cancer.

CLCRF’s Family Night Out has always been about the community coming together to support childhood cancer awareness and we are so appreciative that Lotterywest is helping to make this possible through their generous contribution.

Lotterywest makes grants directly available to not-for-profit community groups for charitable causes. In August, a total of $19.36million was granted to 66 organisations. We would like to thank Lotterywest for giving back to the Western Australian community and supporting important causes like childhood cancer research.

Have you got your tickets to the CLCRF Family Night Out yet? This is set to be a wonderful night for the whole family to enjoy, with the Perth Symphony Orchestra playing their family favourites, food tucks and a variety of great activities for the kids.

Kids get FREE entry and early bird adult tickets are available until September 21. Don’t miss out, book today!