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2019 Annual General Meeting

On Monday 2 December, Foundation members and invited guests attended the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation at the scenic Wembley Golf Course.

Chairman Geoff Cattach, Chief Executive Officer Andrea Alexander and Treasurer Kim Williamson each gave their reports on the Foundation’s operations during the 2018/2019 financial year.

“I am pleased to report that we have achieved a more than acceptable financial outcome for the year under review,” said Geoff. “In fact we can report that the Foundation’s financial position has enabled us to meet all our ongoing research funding commitments and, in some instances, increase the level of funding.”

The AGM was an excellent opportunity for Foundation members to gain a better understanding of the incredible work that they are supporting, with Dr W. Joost Lesterhuis giving a presentation on behalf of the CLCRF-funded Sarcoma Group at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Joost explained the group’s aim to identify new treatments for young people with sarcoma and to develop immunotherapy approaches that can be applied during surgery in order to prevent relapse.

The AGM was followed by the annual pre-Christmas Cocktail Party, where guests enjoyed delicious canapés and drinks overlooking the beautiful golf course and lake.

The Foundation would like to thank those who joined us at the AGM and Christmas Party. Our wonderful members are critical to the ongoing success of our Foundation. As a member, you can not only take pleasure in knowing you are helping to raise funds for childhood cancer research, but you will also be invited to participate in our exciting events each year.

Do you have friends, family members or colleagues that you think might like to get involved with CLCRF? Encourage them to become a member today!

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Christmas competition: Jump in and support ongoing cancer research

For 40 years, the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation has been raising funds for research into many childhood cancers. Australia has one of the highest incidents of childhood cancer in the world, and we lose three precious young lives to cancer every week. The numbers are startling and highlight why ongoing research into a cure is absolutely critical.

Fifty years ago, only 2% of children diagnosed with cancer would survive. Today, medical research has allowed survival rates to reach 80% on some childhood cancers, but there’s still much work to be done. Our Foundation relies on the generosity and support of the local community to continue supporting that vital research, so future generations can live cancer free.

As part of our current Christmas appeal, we are pleased to announce that our friends at Vuly Play have kindly donated an Ultra Medium Trampoline valued at $849. This trampoline is the safest on the market and built with a range of features – including a tightly woven no-gap net, springs that are totally external to the trampoline enclosure, and a self-closing entry. Vuly prides itself in making only the best play equipment. From kids climbing frames, to swings and trampolines, their products are built to withstand Australia’s harsh weather conditions and are also water and rust resistant.

Australia’s most popular trampoline would offer a fun and entertaining addition to any backyard! As a valued supporter of the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation, you now have the chance to win this fabulous prize! Enter now!

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Boar Swamp Campdraft Raises over $7000 for Childhood Cancer Research!

The Boar Swamp Campdraft took place last month, from November 22 to November 24. The popular event was held at the McLarty family’s Blythewood farm near Pinjarra, with funds raised going towards CLCRF.

Campdrafting is a uniquely Australian sport that dates back to the late 1800s and involves a horse and a rider working cattle for the coveted title of the best stockhorse and rider.

The Boar Swamp Campdraft Club have been supporting the Foundation for a number of years now and we couldn’t be more grateful for their wonderful efforts!

This year, not only did the club pledge $3500 for the Foundation, but campdrafter Jacob Walmsley also kindly offered his face to raise extra funds. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the crowd, Jacob was able to raise an additional $4349.35 and is now sporting a bad mullet, no eyebrows, half a beard and a bald crown.

That’s an incredible total of $7,849.35 going towards childhood cancer research!

We would like to congratulate the organisers on another successful campdraft event, as well as all of the competitors and winners. We sincerely appreciate the Boar Swamp Campdraft Club’s ongoing support and contribution to our cause. We look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future!

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Help us make a difference this Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that started in 2012 as a way to bring people together to give back to organisations that are making a difference in the community. This year, Giving Tuesday will take place on December 3 and we encourage everyone to help us celebrate through a 24-hour fundraising challenge!

On the day, we ask all of our supporters to consider making a donation to CLCRF, to help us achieve a fundraising goal of $2,000 and prove what a difference a day can make.

So, mark Tuesday 3 December on your calendar and spread the word to your family and friends to come together for a good cause. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small!

A donation to CLCRF can help to make a difference in the lives of children who face a cancer diagnosis, with funds going towards finding better treatments that are more effective and less invasive.

You can make a donation towards CLCRF through our online donation form. Can’t wait for Giving Tuesday? Make your donation today and include Giving Tuesday in the comments so we know what inspired you to donate!

Giving Tuesday can be the perfect opportunity for you to make the most of our CLCRF Christmas bauble offer. Simply make a donation online, mention in the comments that you would like to turn it into a bauble and we will send it to you, along with your receipt, to give as a gift or hang on your Christmas tree!

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Samantha turns 21!

Yesterday, on November 26, we wished a very happy 21st birthday to Samantha McLaurin, a special girl from Kingsley who had a rough start to life. When she was just 5 months old, Samantha was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and her parents were unsure if this milestone would ever come.

“We didn’t know if she would even make her 1st birthday,” said Samantha’s mum Dianne. “So it’s a bit of hope for all those parents going through this nightmare as our thoughts are constantly with them.”

Dianne recalls a memory with Samantha’s paediatric surgeon that she will always remember, especially now. Dr Ian Gollow, who has now retired, said to Dianne after she questioned Samantha’s post-surgery scar “If all she has is this scar and turns 21, we’ll take that.”

“And that time has come!” Expressed Dianne. “I’ll never forget that and would love to let him see her all grown up.”

“We are so thankful to everyone involved in saving her life 20 years ago.”

Samantha is doing extremely well and currently works in the West Coast Eagles media department. Like her parents, we hope Samantha’s story will bring hope and support to those families who are currently fighting their own battles with childhood cancer.

There is always hope! By continuing to fund the important research at CLCRF, we can help to ensure that more families are greeted with the same positive outcomes as Samantha and her family. Make a donation today!

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Decorate your Christmas Tree with a Donation Bauble!

Not sure what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Or maybe you want to do something a little more meaningful this year? Simply make a donation to CLCRF during Christmas-time and we will send you a special little bauble to give as a gift or hang on your tree!

All you need to do is make a donation online and mention in the comments that you would like to turn your donation into a bauble. We will then send it to you along with your receipt – it really is that easy!

This idea comes from last year’s Christmas Appeal with Karalee on Preston where we took the humble Christmas ornament to the next level in a unique incentive for patrons to donate. Visitors to Karalee on Preston had the opportunity to purchase a bauble over the bar for any donation amount they chose and place it on the pub’s beautiful tree.

We are so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with Karalee on Preston again this year, with their Christmas tree set to go up this week! So head on down to the award-winning pub, try their delicious food, grab yourself a drink and help decorate their Christmas tree with a donation!

At CLCRF, our goal is to continue to raise funds for childhood cancer research in order to find more effective treatments for young children so they can enjoy a better quality of life and be reunited with their families sooner. By helping to fund this important research, a CLCRF bauble makes for a truly special Christmas gift.

Donate online and request your bauble today.

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Give the Gift of Entertainment this Christmas!

‘Tis (almost) the season and Entertainment Book has got your Christmas gifting solved! For the first time ever, they are offering new memberships that will allow you to give the Gift of Entertainment to your family and friends.

The Gift of Entertainment is the perfect Christmas present for a number of reasons:

  • The 12-month membership starts from the day of activation,
  • It’s delivered instantly to your inbox,
  • New offers are added regularly, and
  • It includes thousands of great savings!

But wait, there’s more! 20% of every Gift of Entertainment sold will go towards CLCRF. So not only will you be giving your loved ones an incredible gift that keeps on giving, but you will also be helping to fund the important research into childhood cancer.

Purchase a Gift of Entertainment Membership today!

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A beautiful evening at the 2019 Family Night Out

What started out as an incredibly hot day, turned into a beautiful evening when families and friends came together for the 2019 Family Night Out at Gloucester Park on Saturday, November 9.

The exceptional Perth Symphony Orchestra had everyone singing along and showing off their best dance moves as they performed two sets of their family favourites. There were lots of Disney tunes for the kids and later in the evening mums and dads got to enjoy some current and classic hits from Katy Perry, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ed Sheeran, just to name a few!

Supporting the Perth Symphony Orchestra was the incredibly talented local artist JAX. Her powerhouse vocals were a great indication of the level of talent and entertainment attendees were to expect throughout the night.

Children had the choice of a variety of fun activities to stay entertained all afternoon. There was face-painting, bouncy castles, a cuddly animal farm, giant games, bubbles, and even a slip n slide!

“We absolutely had the best time,” said one attendee. “We couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces.”

The Family Night Out was all about bridging the gap between cancer research and the community. Kerrin Hampson, whose son underwent treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when he was just 15-months-old, shared her emotional story with attendees and highlighted the need to continue raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.

“This event was the biggest CLCRF have organised and it certainly brought our community together,” said CEO Andrea Alexander.

It’s no surprise that events like these cannot happen without a lot of help and we would like to send our deepest thanks to our wonderful volunteers!

“The CLCRF volunteers did an amazing job in setting up, manning the merchandise tent, kids activities and packing everything away and cleaning up at the end of the night. We could not have done it without them,” Andrea expressed.

“A HUGE thank you to Kylie Dalton who, through sheer determination and negotiation skills, put this event together.”

We would like to thank everyone who came along to this year’s Family Night Out and we hope to see you all again at our next one in 2021!

Stay up to date with the latest news and events at CLCRF by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or signing up for our e-news.

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Kerrin to Shave her Head for Childhood Cancer Research!

In an effort to raise money for the important research into childhood cancer, the amazing Kerrin Hampson is shaving her head… again! Kerrin announced the news at the CLCRF Family Night Out which took place on Saturday, November 9.

Kerrin is no stranger to getting rid of her locks to raise funds for childhood cancer. In 2013, she shaved her head for the first time after her son Marley finished his treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Then again in November 2017 she got rid of around 30cm of hair to support Finlay Higgs, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer.

Even after Marley finished his treatment, Kerrin and her family have remained involved in raising awareness and funds for research into childhood cancer, with the hope that one day a cure will be found.

We would like to thank Kerrin for her ongoing support of the Foundation and we hope to see her smash her fundraising goal of $1000, with the help of our generous supporters!

If you would like to support Kerrin and the very worthwhile cause, simply make a donation through her Facebook fundraiser page.