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Want to be up to date with what’s been happening at CLCRF the past few months? You can read all about it in the 33th edition of our Foundation Update, now available to read online! This newsletter features informative science updates, inspiring fundraising news, and exciting event announcements.

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Farewell Jette Ford

The Telethon Kids Institute has farewelled research officer Jette Ford after an incredible 37-year career. Jette is one of the Institute’s most treasured employees, having a huge impact on child cancer research not only in Western Australia but around the world.

Jette’s work focused primarily on leukaemia but also other paediatric cancers, with CLCRF proudly supporting her throughout it all.


A delicious way to support childhood cancer research

We are thrilled to announce that CLCRF has been selected to participate in Grill’d Scarborough’s Local Matters initiative in April!

Each month, in every Grill’d restaurant, there are three Local Matters jars representing three different community groups. With every burger ordered, a token is handed over for customers to drop into the jar of their choice. At the end of the month, $500 is split between the community groups, with the jar with the most tokens receiving a $300 donation and the other two each receiving a $100 donation.

This is an excellent way for the restaurant to give back and support the communities that have always supported them, while getting their customers involved to help make a difference.  We would love your support in receiving the $300 donation! All you need to do is head to Grill’d Scarborough during April and pop your Local Matters token into our jar when you order a burger. We can’t think of a better excuse to treat yourself to a delicious burger next month!

Waverley College Walkathon Donation

For the past three years, Waverley College, an Independent school in Sydney NSW, has generously chosen to support CLCRF in their Junior School Annual Walkathon. From their most recent event, held in November last year, the Junior School raised an incredible total of $7,000 for the Foundation!

“For those who know of our Junior School Annual Walkathon, this year has been the most challenging we have faced,” said Mr Anthony Gill, Walkathon Coordinator. “We were worried that the event would have to be cancelled owing to the current health precautions but with the knowledge that the charities we support are still in need of our financial support, we had to try our best to go ahead with the Walkathon.”

We are so grateful not only for the school’s decision to safely go ahead with the Walkathon, but also for their decision to support our Foundation again. We rely heavily on community support to continue funding the vital research into childhood cancers.

“These charities have already suffered a reduction in support from the community,” Anthony expressed. “So today, we held our Walkathon in a modified and Covid-safe format with energetic and enthusiastic boys willing to do something positive for those less fortunate.”

In total, 2422km was walked by the boys participating in the Walkathon. Three of the boys walked 13km in the 75 minutes but one boy topped the honours by walking 14km. What an incredible effort!

We thank Anthony for organising this event, all of the boys who participated, and everyone in the Waverley College Junior School community for their wonderful fundraising efforts. This generous donation will go a long way to help us fund the research into childhood cancers.

Why COVID-19 affects people like me…

From CLCRF Treasurer, Justin Bruce:

2020 was CLCRF’s 40th Anniversary and, due to the pandemic all the celebratory/ event plans were either put on hold or cancelled.  This certainly gave a lot of people in the childhood cancer community reason to feel a lot of stress, almost some PTSD moments.  This time last year I began to struggle myself as I was forced into isolation for 6 months due to my medical history and compromised immune system.  Forty years after being diagnosed with Leukaemia I was still hiding away from contaminates that could affect my health severely.

In 1980 it was measles, mumps, and chicken pox from other children.  In 2020 it was COVID-19.  It was very surreal and made me think the nightmare will never end for me.  In the 12 months since that day, I have not shaved or cut my hair.  I think it’s time to remove the mane to heal the pain.  As a newly appointed Treasurer for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation I want to present the image that with more funding great outcomes can happen. Such as me still being here… You all know my story so now it’s time to show your support.  Donate to our latest cause.  Forty years ago I lost my hair twice.  So third time’s the charm.

If you would like to support Justin and make a donation towards childhood cancer research, head to his Facebook donation page!

Stopping the spread while supporting childhood cancer research

Face masks have become very popular accessories thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, with most of us having to wear one at least once in the past year. In a creative way to raise funds for childhood cancer research, lon­­g-time supporter and good friend of the Foundation Judi Haederle has been making and selling her own face masks and donating all proceeds towards CLCRF!

An incredible total of $112 has been raised through Judi’s face mask sales so far. Judi has been selling these masks for just $8 each, and she sold the majority of them to friends and family during Perth’s sudden 5-day lockdown in early February.

Judi came up with the idea after reading the 31st Volume of our Foundation Update Newsletter, released in April 2020. This Newsletter was released in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and featured many stories about how the pandemic is affecting families currently undergoing cancer treatment.

“Right at the beginning of the COVID-19 scare, I saw a story about how parents are worried about their children with weakened immune systems, because of their cancer treatment,” said Judi. “I just wanted to do something to help.”

Judi is no stranger to childhood cancer, having sadly lost her daughter, Natasha, to the disease back in 2003, when she was just nine years old. Natasha was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of three. She had been in remission for two years and was featured as the face of Telethon in 2002 before doctors discovered that the cancer had returned.

Judi and her husband Mike have been supporting the Foundation ever since Natasha’s passing, helping to raise funds and awareness for the vital research into childhood cancers so that future generations of children can go on to live the long and healthy lives they deserve.

This was such a creative and helpful way to raise funds for childhood cancer research and we thank Judi for her incredible support! If you would like to get your hands on one of Judi’s face masks, contact us today.

International Women’s Day 2021

Marked annually on March 8 is International Woman’s Day (IWD), a day where the world comes together to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At CLCRF, we are very lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing women on a daily basis. These include the women working in our office, our volunteers, the women who work at the organisations we collaborate with, our ambassadors, and our supporters.

The campaign theme for IWD this year is #ChooseToChallenge. This theme highlights the idea that a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

Here are some ways you can help forge a gender equal world this IWD:

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

Over the years, the Foundation has seen first-hand just how strong women are. Women are pillars of strength for their children and families during the most difficult times in their lives. It is because of this that we are passionate about celebrating women and helping to shape a gender equal world. If you would like to learn more about the day and how you can get involved, head to the International Women’s Day website.

Congratulations to our latest raffle winner!

Our latest Raffle #53 was drawn Friday 26 February (Permit Number: LS214044920) and we are excited to announce that the winning ticket was no. 131691!

We would like to thank everyone who supported this raffle and helped raise funds for vital research into childhood cancers.

Our next raffle has now started and will be drawn on June 29. If you would like to purchase tickets, head to our raffle website.

Kade donates pocket money to child cancer research

At the Foundation, we are always in awe of the generosity and kindness of our supporters, especially when they are so young. Recently, we were delighted to receive a $13 pocket money donation from a thoughtful 11-year-old named Kade. Every year, Kade saves a portion of his pocket money and donates it to a cause of his choice in December or early January. For the second year in a row, we are so pleased that Kade has chosen to support CLCRF.

Childhood cancer is a cause close to Kade’s heart as he has a friend who has been battling leukaemia since 2014. His friend went into remission not long after his diagnosis, however, the cancer returned, and he spent more than a year out of school undergoing further treatment.


An Aussie Day BBQ Fundraiser!

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned BBQ to catch up with friends, have some fun and enjoy great food. Sue and Owen Breasley have taken this one step further by also using it as a way to make a real difference in the community.

For the past 5 years, Sue and Owen have hosted an Australia Day BBQ Fundraiser at their home, where their friends come together to raise money for an important cause. This year, we are so grateful for their decision to support our Foundation!


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