Kai’s Big Gold Ball Announcement

After achieving huge success last year, the 2nd annual Kai’s Big GOLD Ball will be held on Saturday the 31st of August at the BelleVue Ball Room at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The ball was created in honour of Kai Nell, a brave little boy who lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in January of 2017.

The first annual Kai’s Big Gold Ball raised over $35,000 for the Cancer Council WA. This year’s ball aims to make an even bigger impact and all funds raised will be going towards the important research into childhood cancer at CLCRF.

Kai’s family, or #teamkai, came up with the idea of the Big GOLD Ball as a way to make Kai’s short life make a difference. Kai’s journey was one that touched many hearts and unfortunately, Kai and his family are not alone with their experience. By using his memory to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, #teamkai are bringing hope to children and families who are fighting the same battle they did.

Guests of Kai’s Big GOLD Ball will enjoy a delicious three-course meal, a five-hour drink package, live entertainment and a DJ. There will also be both a silent and live auction to add to the excitement of the night. The event will begin with pre-drinks at 6:30pm and will officially kick off at 7pm until midnight.

If last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s ball is guaranteed to be an incredibly fun and meaningful night. We can’t think of a better excuse to get dressed up and go out with a group of friends!

Tickets for the ball are available here, with sponsorship packages also available.

Can’t make it to the ball but still want to support #teamkai? Donations to the cause can be made here. Please put #teamkai in the comments so we know why you’re donating.


Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 6:30PM


The BelleVue Ball Room, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 6000



$12,000 Generous Donation from MSP Engineering and AGC

This week, CLCRF received a generous donation of $12,000 from MSP Engineering and AusGroup (AGC). This was made possible through an incentive scheme run late last year called the Six Week Crunch.

The Six Week Crunch was designed as a way for both companies to keep on track during the busy pre-Christmas period and was run at the CGP2 project for Talison Lithium in Greenbushes.

AGC’s site employees chose CLCRF as the recipient of their donation as a way to do their bit to help children battling cancer. The Six Week Crunch was successfully completed with all targets met safely, meaning both companies were each able to contribute a $6,000 donation.

“This opportunity brought meaning to work beyond just a normal day,” said Peter Davis, AGC’s Project Manager for CGP2. “We had the ability to contribute beyond that and give real meaning by making an impact on people’s lives.”

Andrew Rowe, the CEO of MSP Engineering, said: “We find an initiative like this to be very empowering. It’s a way of mobilising the guys and helping them to do something that’s bigger than themselves and the project.”

Ambassador Georgia Lowry and CEO Andrea Alexander were there to accept the cheque on behalf of the CLCRF and speak about how much these initiatives mean to the Foundation.

Corporate donations like this are so important for helping the foundation continue the ground-breaking research into childhood cancers. As a great way to boost employee morale and give back to the community, it’s something all organisations should consider.

CLCRF would like to sincerely thank both MSP Engineering and AGC and all the employees who made this generous donation possible.


Raising crucial funds in memory of three brave little boys

The Februhairy Fun Razor, formerly referred to as Decembeared, asks men to grow a beard throughout February and raise money to shave it off at the end of the month. This Februhairy, Jon Wannberg hopes to raise at least $300 through their small office and with the help of friends in neighbouring offices.

Fundraising efforts by Jon and the CLCRF research project 3 Boy Legacy (3BL) have helped obtain equipment and consumables for ongoing research, which has greatly helped their team at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

3BL are always welcoming new fundraising ideas to further support CLCRF, having also held art expos and fun runs in the past. “I’m always looking for an opportunity to raise funds for children’s cancer research…” says Jon, “…whether it’s through marathon running in England or Sweden or growing a beard in Australia.”

In 1996, three young boys, Matthew Webb, Justin Ward and Ricky Wannberg, tragically lost their lives to brain cancer. To honour their courageous battles, the families established the 3 Boys Legacy (3BL), a brain cancer research project administered by the CLCRF. 3BL aims to raise awareness and funds for children’s brain cancer research, “led by Research Fellow Dr Peter Dallas.

“There have been steady advances in our understanding of the molecular biology of medulloblastoma, which is the most common type of childhood malignant brain tumour.” Said Dr Peter Dallas.

“Overall, there is currently unprecedented optimism in the childhood cancer field that new, patient specific, and more effective treatments for medulloblastoma will become a reality within the next 10 years.”

February isn’t over yet, which means it’s not too late to join in on the Februhairy fun! If you or someone you know has been growing a beard, why not raise some money in support of 3BL and take part in the shave?

More information about 3BL can be found on their website and donations to CLCRF can be made here – please put Febuhairy in the comments so that we know the donation relates to John. Thank you.

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Smocked Dresses hobby raises funds for CLCRF

There’s nothing quite like a rewarding, fun and enjoyable hobby that takes your mind off the stresses of day-to-day life.

Whilst the majority of us may join the local sports team or take part in volunteering projects, CLCRF supporter Anne Chua’s hobby stems from her passion of smocking and sewing dresses for toddlers and young girls. Anne has utilised her hobby to not only keep herself and her little customers happy but also as a way to generously help raise money for the foundation.

All proceeds raised from Anne’s beautiful smock dresses go directly towards CLCRF’s groundbreaking research to combat childhood cancers.

For those who may not be aware, smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Smoked dresses are popular among young girls and are high quality, timeless and can be used for formal or casual occasions.

Anne has so far raised over $700 and says she will continue to donate the proceeds of her smock dress hobby to CLCRF.

CLCRF would like to thank Anne for her generous donation and her ongoing efforts to raise funds for the foundation.

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CLCRF Joins the PayPal Giving Fund

We are pleased to announce that we have joined the PayPal Giving Fund, allowing our supporters to easily make donations through Facebook. The PayPal Giving Fund also gives our supporters the ability to use Facebook to set up their own fundraisers in support of CLCRF or any other charity of their choice.

This new service allows for secure online donations and there are no fees for organisations or individual donors, meaning 100% of the funds are distributed directly to the intended charity or not-for-profit organisation.

Innovations like this are important to help not-for-profit organisations survive in our increasingly cashless and mobile society.

“The way Australians are supporting their chosen charities is changing.” Says Elaine Herlihy, Director of the PayPal Giving Fund in Australia. “Charities in Australia need to embrace the opportunity that digital and online donations present.”

CLCRF supports PayPal and Facebook’s commitment to enable greater charitable giving and we are happy to be able to give our supporters an easily-accessible and uncomplicated way to fundraise.

If you would like to use the PayPal Giving Fund to raise funds for important research into childhood cancers, it’s very easy to do so. Simply click on the “create” button on the top of your Facebook page, then select the “Fundraiser” option. When asked what charity to donate to, simply search “Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation” and you will see our account!


“I’m there for you” – 9-year-old Ruben shaves his head to support his friend with Leukaemia

Ruben, from NSW, learnt that his friend was being bullied for having no hair – caused by her leukaemia treatment.

Devastated by what was going on, Ruben offered his support in one of the most heart-warming ways possible – to don the clippers and shave his own head! This was a big step for Ruben who previously avoided haircuts and was proud of his long, curly cut.

The shave took place a few weeks before Christmas and Ruben sent the photos and videos to his friend in a show of support.

Ruben’s dad, Paul, worked as an Oncology nurse and in the palliative care sector – and has raised his son to show compassion to those who are struggling with their health. Paul said that’s not the only reason Ruben decided to shave off his hair.

“Ruben decided to shave his hair in mid-December and really wanted to do it for Christmas,” said Paul.

“Christmas is a hard time for families that are suffering from cancer with all the hospital visits so he wanted to show his support during those hard times.”

Ruben was also inspired by Bolt –  his Golden Retriever crossed with a Labrador – who recovered from his own battle with cancer after surgery was performed to remove a tumour on his left side.

“I’m doing this to support all people with leukaemia. I’m going to shave my hair and wait until my hair grows back to support them and feel what it’s like,” said Ruben.

“I’ve heard (leukaemia) is terrible and I want to support them. I’m sorry if you have it.”

CLCRF would like to thank Ruben and his dad Paul for supporting children battling leukaemia.


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CLCRF receives generous donation from the Greater Enfield Development Project

The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) was delighted to receive a donation of $8,000 USD ($11080) from the Greater Enfield Development Project.

The project set up an HSE Incentive scheme for the offshore construction and installation of vessels Located 60 km off Exmouth, WA.

The aim of the incentive scheme was to achieve “Zero Lost Time Incident” during construction & installation which involves the elimination of loss-producing events that result in an injury, property damage, or a lost work day. This outcome was successfully achieved.

The offshore workforce was asked to identify 5 worthwhile charities that they have heard of or had personal experiences with.

CLCRF was one of five charities selected and approved by the TechnipFMC Compliance Team to receive a donation.

The presentation of the donations took place on Friday 7 December at the TechnipFMC Office in West Perth.

CLCRF would like to thank the Greater Enfield Development Project for their generous donation.


Merry Christmas from the CLCRF team

The team at CLCRF thank you for your support in 2018 and wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Your support allows us to continue our valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years our team of scientists have made amazing breakthroughs into the treatment children receive. It is because of this research that those children have an opportunity to live long and fulfilling lives.

Roll on 2019!


2018 Annual General Meeting

On 5 December at the Wembley Golf Course, Foundation members and invited guests attended the 25th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation.

Geoff Cattach, Chairman, and Andrea Alexander, Executive Officer, each gave their reports on the Foundation’s operations during 2017 and 2018. Geoff proudly reported that the Foundation managed to maintain and in some instances increase research funding, even with the challenges that today’s economy has had on community and corporate support.

The AGM was a great opportunity to address the Foundation’s transition to a Million Dollar Partner of Telethon. “With the additional $500K triggered by our partnership with Telethon, we have been able to expand our research endeavours to continue paediatric brain cancer research as well as new funding for paediatric sarcoma research,” Said Geoff.

Dr Rishi Sury Kotecha was also at the 2018 AGM to update the Foundation about the important research he is conducting at the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Lab at the Telethon Kids Institute. Rishi explained his current studies into a key new drug, Blinatumomab, and whether it can be safely used to treat infants with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The AGM was followed by the customary CLCRF Christmas Cocktail Party, where members enjoyed beautiful canapés and drinks overlooking the picturesque golf course and lake.