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Jon Wannberg makes his birthday count

For his birthday this year, long-time supporter of CLCRF, Jon Wannberg, is once again asking his family and friends for one of the most meaningful gifts of all – a donation towards childhood cancer research.

Jon has set up his own birthday fundraiser on Facebook, allowing people to conveniently and securely make a donation through the social media platform.

“I’ve chosen this cause in memory of my son, Ricky,” said Jon. “And I hope you’ll consider this as a way to celebrate his memory with me.”

Jon sadly lost Ricky to a brain tumour in 1996 when he was just 5 years old. Since then, he has actively raised funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. He and two other families formed the “3 Boys Legacy” (3BL) research foundation in 1998, in memory of Ricky and 2 of Ricky’s friends who lost their battle with the same type of cancer.

3BL’s past fundraising efforts have included art exhibitions and fun runs. Jon also came up with the Februhairy Fun Razor, where he asked men to grow a beard throughout February and shave it off at the end of the month to raise money.

For his birthday fundraiser this year, Jon’s goal was to reach a total of $300. In just 6 days, his friends and family have helped him smash that goal, raising $475 and counting!

“Every little bit will help towards preventing other children having to endure what Ricky did or at least improve the likelihood of survival and quality of life,” said Jon.

We are so appreciative for Jon’s generosity and ongoing support. This is the second year that he has decided to create a fundraiser for his birthday. If you would like to help Jon celebrate his birthday while helping to make a difference, you can donate to his birthday fundraiser today!

Have a birthday coming up? Consider creating your own fundraiser on Facebook! Facebook not only offers an easily accessible and uncomplicated way to fundraise, but you can also rest assured knowing all donations are safe and secure. There are also no fees involved, meaning 100% of the funds are distributed to the charity you have selected.

All you need to do is click the “create” button on the top of your Facebook page, then select the “Fundraiser” option. When asked what charity you want to donate to, simply search for “Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation” and you will see our acc

Thank you, PEACH!

We are so thrilled to have Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help (PEACH) support our annual South West Bike Trek by covering the cost of $2050.50 worth of equipment needed at the event.

PEACH is a trust fund which is administered and funded by Western Australian Alcoa employees, with nearly 1,000 people contributing each month. Since PEACH began in 1979, several millions of dollars have been distributed to so many worthy causes.

With the support of PEACH, we have been able to secure 3 two-way radios that will assist with communication, to ensure the safety of the riders during each day’s riding. These will replace the current radios that are ineffective and unreliable.

We have also been able to purchase a strobe light to increase the visibility of the event to all other road users. To raise awareness of the event and the Foundation, we have also put the funds towards purchasing banners and a car magnet.

We are so grateful for the generous support of PEACH. We are confident that the purchase of this equipment will lead to very positive outcomes for our 2020 South West Bike Trek. Not only will it help increase the safety of all riders and event personnel, but it will also help us highlight the Foundation and our work.

This year’s South West Bike Trek will take place from October 11 – 17. If you are interested in joining the South West Bike Trek this year, you can contact Event organiser Eric Maddock on 0433 905 703 or via email.

 

Young boy shaves head to support friend battling Leukaemia

A young boy has made a selfless gesture to support his friend who has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia. After his friend began to lose his hair through chemotherapy, the last thing Luke wanted was for him to feel embarrassed about it.

The compassionate 11-year-old therefore decided to join his friend and shave his head too. His dad Michael asked him if he wanted a ‘number 5’ shave first, in case he didn’t like it. Luke’s response was, “it’s not about me and my appearance Dad. I need to do this for my friend.”

“Luke’s friend would often join in class chats via Zoom” said Michael. “Every time he saw Luke on the screen, he began to smile as Luke stood out amongst his peers.”

Luke took his act of kindness even further by asking his family and friends to help him raise money for CLCRF and Perth Children’s Hospital so that he could help other sick children. He was able to raise an incredible total of $512 and donated $256 to the Foundation.

We would like to thank Luke for his generous donation and for showing his support for all children battling the gruelling disease. You can show your support by making a donation towards childhood cancer research today!

Congratulations to our raffle winner!

Our latest Raffle #51 was drawn Tuesday 30 June. Permit Number: LS211451018. The winning ticket was no. 184023 (sold by Western Charity Alliance).

The lucky winner of the $15,000 cash prize has been notified via phone call from our CEO Andrea Alexander.

We would like to thank everyone who supported this raffle and helped raised funds for vital research into childhood cancers. Our next raffle has now started and will be drawn on October 30, 2020. If you would like to purchase tickets and go into the draw to win big, head to our raffle website!

Remembering Dr Michael Willoughby AM

On Tuesday 23 June, Dr Michael Willoughby AM sadly passed away at his home at the age of 92.

Dr Willoughby is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Fiona; his sons Jonathan, James, and Henry; daughters-in-law Coraline, Thu, and Lucy; and grandchildren Thomas, August, Inigo, Jasmine, Massimo, Elodie, and Aidan.

Dr Willoughby was an incredible doctor and a pioneer in bone marrow transplants. He was the head of Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital when our Chairman, Geoff Cattach’s son Brent needed a bone-marrow transplant.

“He said if we don’t go now, we may never get this chance again,” remembers Geoff. ‘My son wouldn’t be alive today, if he hadn’t,” said Geoff.

A true talent, the chance to work with Dr Willoughby had been one of the major factors that lured Professor Ursula Kees to Perth.

“We lose a visionary, years ahead of his time,” said Professor Kees. “The children in Western Australia had the best and most cutting-edge treatments.”

On behalf of The Foundation, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Dr Willoughby’s family. He was an incredible man and we will never forget the important work he did for the children of Western Australia.

Rest in peace.

Dr Michael Willoughby AM (4/8/1927 – 23/6/2020)

Make someone’s day and win $500!

If you haven’t already heard, we are giving away some pretty incredible gifts as part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, thanks to some amazing Australian businesses. Now, to spread the kindness even further, we are thrilled to be giving you the chance to win $500 just by nominating someone you know!

This would not be possible without the support of a very generous sponsor that has jumped on board to help us make the most of our inaugural #40kin40days campaign. If this campaign has taught us anything, it’s how easy it is to spread kindness in the community, even during unprecedented times.

To go into the draw to win the $500 cash, all you need to do is head to 40kin40days.com.au and get nominating! If you have already nominated, don’t fret – you will automatically be entered into the drawn to win big.

With a whole heap of amazing gifts to nominate for, there are so many chances for you to win this amazing cash prize. So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at all of the amazing gifts up for grabs, head to the nomination form, and nominate someone you know now!

Did you know, CLCRF funded Western Australia’s first Cancer Tissue Bank?

During this milestone year for the Foundation, we look back at all of our successes and accomplishments over the past 40 years. Without a doubt, one of the biggest and most innovative achievements in CLCRF’s history was funding Western Australia’s first Cancer Tissue Bank.

This achievement was made possible by Professor Ursula Kees, Swiss-born scientist that was recruited from the German Cancer Research Centre in 1984 to head up the CLCRF Laboratory at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

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Perth cancer charity spreading kindness

Source: Western Suburbs WeeklyLaura Pond,

A CHILDREN’S cancer charity has launched a fundraiser with a difference – urging people to nominate others deserving of experiences from a Zoom session with national cricket coach Justin Langer to a down south getaway.

The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation launched the 40k in 40 days initiative to mark the Subiaco-based charity’s 40th anniversary.

With the COVID-19 pandemic hampering original fundraising plans, it instead sought businesses to donate gifts and is encouraging people to nominate a deserving recipient.

Foundation head of development Kylie Dalton said the charity did not feel right seeking donations amid the pandemic so instead aimed to create a ‘circle of kindness’.

“We encourage everybody to get involved, we all must know somebody that needs a little bit of kindness,” she said.

“It’s why these 40 acts of kindness in the community can really make a difference.”

A different business and their gift is highlighted on each of the 40 days until June 30.

Foundation patron and coach of the Australian cricket team, Justin Langer, urged people to support the cause and donated a gift of a 30-minute chat via Zoom plus cricket memorabilia.

Other gifts include a stay at Pullmans Bunker Bay, vegetable garden makeover by Garden Gurus, $500 voucher to Leederville Cameras and meal kits from This Little Pig Went to Market.

Nominations can be made at www.40kin40days.com.au.

Gifts for the Giving

Source: The West Australian Newspaper – Friday 5 June 2020, Inside Cover

This year was supposed to be a big deal for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation — the 40th anniversary of the organisation that helped create the world-renowned Telethon Kids Institute and annually raises $1 million for Telethon.

Across those four decades, CLCRF has directly contributed to research that has led to some childhood cancers going from a survival rate of just 20 per cent 40 years ago to up to 80 per cent today.

“When I started planning this year I had lots of celebrations in mind,” CLCRF head of development Kylie Dalton admitted.

Then COVID-19 hit. The research foundation had to scrap events that involved mass gatherings, and, while a pre-planned 40k in 40 Days initiative could have been staged virtually — other charities have gone down that path — Dalton didn’t think it was the right thing to do in the circumstances.

“We can’t ask supporters for money in such a challenging time, so, instead of asking for something, we’re giving something back,” she said.

For 40 days, which started on May 21 and runs to the end of this month, CLCRF has partnered with its corporate supporters to come up with a collection of 40 “gifts” that will be given away to worthy recipients. From a one-on-one session with organisation patron and cricket legend Justin Langer — what a ripper experience that would be for a school cricket team — to luxury goods and tradie services, the gifts also allow CLCRF to promote its corporate partners during a time when those businesses could really benefit from a profile boost.

You can nominate anyone or any organisation to receive a gift, so head to 40kin40days.com.au to share a little kindness in our community.

40k in 40 days: Children’s cancer charity marks anniversary with 40 Days of Kindness

Source: PerthNow: Laura Pond – Western Suburbs Weekly,

A CHILDREN’S cancer charity has launched a fundraiser with a difference – urging people to nominate others deserving of experiences from a Zoom session with national cricket coach Justin Langer to a down south getaway.

The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation launched the 40k in 40 days initiative to mark the Subiaco-based charity’s 40th anniversary.

With the COVID-19 pandemic hampering original fundraising plans, it instead sought businesses to donate gifts and is encouraging people to nominate a deserving recipient.

Foundation head of development Kylie Dalton said the charity did not feel right seeking donations amid the pandemic so instead aimed to create a ‘circle of kindness’.

“We encourage everybody to get involved, we all must know somebody that needs a little bit of kindness,” she said.

“It’s why these 40 acts of kindness in the community can really make a difference.”

A different business and their gift is highlighted on each of the 40 days until June 30.

Foundation patron and coach of the Australian cricket team, Justin Langer, urged people to support the cause and donated a gift of a 30-minute chat via Zoom plus cricket memorabilia.

Other gifts include a stay at Pullmans Bunker Bay, vegetable garden makeover by Garden Gurus, $500 voucher to Leederville Cameras and meal kits from This Little Pig Went to Market.

Nominations can be made at www.40kin40days.com.au.

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