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We are now a part of the Western Charity Alliance


Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) is excited to be a part of the Western Charity Alliance! The CLCRF and three other charities have united to form the Western Charity Alliance; A charity collective that allows you to support four West Australian charities simultaneously to give more back to your community.

It also allows the Alliance partners to minimise fundraising costs and share the resources required to connect supporters with the impact each charity makes in WA —A unique example of how charities can work together to make a difference.

The Alliance enables community members to jointly purchase raffle tickets supporting all four causes. Find out how it all works in the video.

Buy your Western Charity Alliance raffle tickets here and support child cancer research at: https://wca.auraffles.com.au/purchase-tickets.

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$16,000 Raised from the Dance for a Cure Quiz Night!

Our Dance for A Cure Quiz Night on Friday 8 June at Lathlain Function Centre was a phenomenal success and we raised $16,000!

We would like to thank everybody who helped us make it a memorable night!

It was very encouraging to see 50 per cent of the room return from the previous year. Our goal this year was to beat last year’s incredible total of $11,000 raised and we definitely achieved our goal.

The money we raised will go towards funding the Dance for A Cure 2018 event, this year being held in November in Forrest Place.

So many wonderful people gave generously and made the night an event to remember. With a three-way tie for first place coming down to a heads and tails toss and a booming $16,000 raised, it was a fantastic night. Looks like we’ll have our work cut out for us next year after smashing last year’s total!

Please keep an eye out for our official announcement this week of the Dance for A Cure 2018 event, the music, the very special guest dancer and how our Perth dance schools can get involved. If you haven’t joined our closed group head over now to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1805888859706788/?ref=br_rs

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Phones for Cancer Research

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) received a different kind of donation from Westgold Resources Ltd., a top 10 Australian gold producer, recently on Thursday, 31 May. Chris and Danielle from Westgold Resources Ltd donated a large box full of old mobile phones. They were excited to collect these unused phones around their office to be donated to the CLCRF as part of the Aussie Recycling Program (ARP). The ARP donates funds to the Foundation in exchange for receiving old phones.

Not only does this type of giving contribute to child cancer research, but it also stops phones from being placed in landfill and preserves the environment as parts are salvaged and materials can be put back into productive use. Any remaining materials are sent by the ARP for disposal in an environmentally friendly manner with licenced recyclers.

Recently, the CLCRF has been receiving many old phone donations from Perth and even from the Eastern States. Since being associated with the ARP in 2008, the CLCRF has received over $8,000 in donations through the program!

If you or your organisation would like to make a lasting contribution to child cancer research while also helping the environment, why not collect old mobile phones and donate them to the CLCRF?

Give us a call during office hours on (08) 9363 7400 to find out more about donating phones!

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$4,443 Raised for Child Cancer Research at HBF Run for a Reason

This year, 20 runners participated in the HBF Run for a Reason on the streets of Perth on 27 May 2018 to raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.). Over 35,000 participants ran, walked or wheeled their way through the run at the ninth annual HBF Run for a Reason. More than $1 million was raised for WA health charities including the CLCRF.

Collectively, an amazing $4,443 was raised by runners this year for the Foundation. We are proud of everyone who chose to support child cancer research in the run.

Well done to every single runner/walker in the HBF Run for a Reason who raised money for the CLCRF! We could not have achieved this without you. We hope you had fun and look forward to your participation and fundraising efforts next year!

 

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Kayakers Fundraise for 20 years

In the words of Greg Robertson, President of Mo55sKC:

Mandurah over 55s Kayak Club (Mo55sKC) held its 20th annual Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF)  paddle event on 23 April.

The Club staged a special selection of paddling options to suit all participants, followed by a riverside barbecue.

Paddlers launched at Murray Bend and chose from 30km, 15km or 10km courses.

Attendees paid an entry fee and participated in raffle draws to raise funds on the day.  Many members unable to attend, or choosing not to paddle, still contributed. Others also donated in-kind for the barbecue lunch so everyone was well fed.

Several Club members are involved in a Book Club and a Craft Club which annually raise funds for CLCRF too.

Consolidating all sources, including Mo55sKC mid-year raffles and members’ direct donations, the total raised for 17/18 was over $2,100.

Mo55sKC will be planning a ‘paddle event with a difference’ next year to celebrate its 21st CLCRF fundraiser. Paddlers and non-paddlers interested in being involved should enquire via greydolphin55@gmail.com for details.

We all look forward to April 2019.

 

Photo credit: Robert Wroth

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A 22-Year Labour of Love

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) has greatly benefited from 22 years of loyal service and dedication from Andrea Alexander, who has served as Executive Officer since July 1996. In May 2018, Andrea was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the CLCRF by the board.

“I am very honoured to be named as the first CEO of the Foundation.  As EO for the past 22 years – I feel I can do justice to this title and continue the wonderful work of CLCRF,” said Andrea.

Andrea commenced her career at Princess Margaret Hospital as an enthusiastic 15-year-old and quickly learned the ‘ins and outs’ of the hospital, displaying an impressive level of maturity and intelligence for her age. She moved on to work as an Administrative Assistant for Kim Williamson, our current Treasurer, at the Princess Margaret Children’s Medical Research Foundation (Inc.) (PMCMRF) in 1984.

In 1990, the PMCMRF ceased to exist, and Andrea moved into the role of Secretary of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Princess Margaret Hospital.

After a move to Melbourne in 1993 for her husband’s employment, Andrea and her family moved back to Perth in 1996. At that point, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) had risen as a ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’ after the PMCMRF dissolved.

In 1996 Kim Williamson, who was Executive Officer of the newly formed CLCRF, moved on from his role to take a different employment direction. After discussions between Kim and Geoff Cattach, Chairman, Andrea was appointed as Executive Officer of the Foundation to succeed Kim.

Since 1996, as a proud wife of Gordon and mother of two children, Calum and Mara, Andrea has gone from strength to strength as Executive Officer of the CLCRF. She has lead her administrative team with passion, unwavering loyalty, professionalism and compassion for children and their families dealing with childhood cancer.

The Foundation thanks Andrea for her labour of love over these 22 years and commitment to the cause of raising funds for child cancer research. We look forward to Andrea leading the way as Chief Executive Officer for many years to come.

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Southwest Bike Trek 2018

The inaugural 2018 Southwest Bike Trek is set to start on Sunday 7 October in Subiaco near the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) office, and finish in Margaret River on Saturday 13 October. As in previous years, it will be organised by trek organiser and CLCRF Foundation member, Eric Maddock, with the help of Lions and Rotary Clubs.

The trek will commence in Subiaco and a team of bike riders will make their way to Fairbridge on Sunday 7 October. On Monday the 8th, riders will travel to Preston then back to Fairbridge. From Fairbridge they will head over to Harvey. On Wednesday, from Harvey they will ride to Eaton. They will travel from Eaton to Busselton the following day. From Busselton they will travel to Margaret River and finish at the Augusta Lighthouse on Saturday 13 October.

Last year the Southwest Bike Trek raised an incredible $23,400 for the CLCRF and over the years it has raised just under $700,000 in total!

If you want to have a great cycling experience and explore the Southwest region at a leisurely pace, while raising money for child cancer research just sign up now – contact Eric Maddock and call him on 0433 905 703 or email swbiketrek@gmail.com.

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CLCRF Scientists Discover Bone Density Treatment Slows Progression of Leukaemia

Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute who are funded by the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) have discovered a vital key to the progression of leukaemia in children. This finding has led to a paradigm shift in how researchers think about treating patients with leukaemia. The researchers have found that treating the cancer cells as well as their environment is key.

In new ground breaking research published in the Nature journal, Leukemia, by a team of scientists, including Dr Rishi Kotecha, led by Telethon Kids Cancer Centre researcher, Dr Laurence Cheung, documented how they have identified the mechanism of bone loss that occurred during the development of leukaemia. When the microenvironment around the leukaemia cells were treated, this was able to reduce the progression of leukaemia.

The findings, while still in the pre-clinical phase, are promising and suggest that targeting the microenvironment around leukaemia cells can help fight leukaemia and also provide relief for one of its most painful side-effects, bone loss.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common cancer among children and common cause of cancer-related death in those under 20 years of age. Dr Cheung’s study focused on the most common form of leukaemia in children, a subtype of ALL known as pre-B ALL.

“When we created a pre-clinical model replicating this kind of leukaemia, we witnessed substantial bone loss during the development of the cancer,” Dr Cheung said.

“We went back to the literature and found that more than a third of children diagnosed with pre-B ALL had symptoms of bone pain and skeletal defects at the time they were diagnosed – suggesting leukaemia cells can alter their surrounding environment.”

The researchers wanted to discover what was causing the bone loss, and identified a signal produced by the leukaemia cells which instructed cells in the microenvironment – known as osteoclasts – to eat away at the bone.

“Then we thought, what if we stop the bone-eating cells from eating the bone away – will this have an impact on the development of leukaemia?” Dr Cheung said.

The team used a commercially available drug called zoledronic acid – already known to be safe for children and used to treat brittle bone disease – to target the cells in the microenvironment around the leukaemia cells.

“Importantly, we found that this not only compensated for the leukaemia-dependent bone fragility, but also reduced leukaemia progression,” Dr Cheung said.

He said although similar thinking had been applied previously to cancer in adults, the finding offered an exciting new treatment angle for children.

“To date, the main strategy for cancer therapy in children has focused on targeting malignant cells with chemotherapy, which is toxic for the leukaemia cells but also toxic for the patient.

“Our finding that the cells surrounding the leukaemia cells can contribute to treatment failure or success has led to a paradigm shift.

“It’s not going to replace chemotherapy, but we propose that using chemotherapy and treating the microenvironment at the same time will have more benefit than just the chemotherapy by itself.

“What it really shows is that it’s important to look at that whole picture, and not just the leukaemia cells, because the leukaemia cells and the cells in the surrounding microenvironment are all talking to each other.”

The next step of their study is to expand the research using a similar treatment on other sub-types of the same kind of leukaemia to see if a similar impact could be achieved and to ensure that zoledronic acid was compatible with current chemotherapy agents.

“There’s quite a way to go yet, but it’s exciting to think about the paradigm shift this represents for children’s leukaemia, as well as the dual benefits it offers: both slowing the progression of the leukaemia, and mitigating this really common and painful side effect suffered by children with leukaemia, and that is the bone loss,” Dr Cheung said.

The full paper, New therapeutic opportunities from dissecting the pre-B leukemia bone marrow microenvironment, can be read here.

The CLCRF is proud to fund key groundbreaking research in leukaemia and look forward to further exciting developments. If you would like to give towards child cancer research please donate to the CLCRF.

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Include a Charity Week

Include a Charity Week is a campaign organised by the Fundraising Institute of Australia held on 10-14 September. The campaign aims to provide resources to charities to promote bequests and raise awareness of bequests to charities when writing a will.

If you would like to find out about the events held during Include a Charity Week head over to the Fundraising Institute of Australia site.

Wendy Kearns of CLCRF will also be attending a Bequest masterclass on Tuesday 15 May as part of Include a Charity Week.

These are just some of the many ways that the CLCRF team are upskilling and increasing our effectiveness in raising funds for cancer research.

Consider making a bequest in your will to child cancer research through CLCRF. For more information as to how to make a bequest head over to ‘Leave a Bequest’ and download a free copy of our Bequest pamphlet.

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Volunteers Needed for the Perth Tradie Expo

Each year, Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) participates in the Perth Tradie Expo and we are on the lookout for volunteers to help collect donations at the Expo. This year, the Expo will take place in Ascot Racecourse on 22-24 June from 8am to 5pm and is sponsored by Toolmart.

Catering to the DIY pro through to the experienced tradie, the Expo’s theme this year is ‘Work! Drive! Play! Save!’. The Expo will feature a huge range of machinery and equipment, over 90 tool brands, commercial vehicles and light trucks, tradie resource hubs, DIY products and services, tradie and camping trailers, as well as recruitment and training services for tradies.

Entry to the Expo will be via a gold coin donation to two charities including Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation, and these will be collected by our amazing volunteers. Last year our volunteers raised $6,240.90 by collecting entry fees! If you are interested in volunteering, you can choose your shift and volunteer as little or as much as you like! You would be collecting much-needed funding for cancer research and also enjoying an opportunity to check out the Perth Tradie Expo.

Simply contact the CLCRF office on (08) 9363 7400 or email admin@childcancerresearch.com.au to register yourself as a volunteer!