Perth set to ‘Dance for a Cure’ to help fight Childhood Cancer

On Sunday 18 November at 9:30am, the City of Perth will be awash with choreographed vibrant dancing from hundreds of families in Forest Place to raise vital funds and awareness for Telethon and help fight a cancer that is still the leading cause of death from disease in Australian children.

Individuals and families are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero — whether that’s a superhero such as Spiderman, Superman and Wonder Woman, their favourite sports star or anyone in their lives that they see as a hero — and learn a short, easy to follow, and fun routine.

In its fifth year, Dance for A Cure has always left participants thrilled, inspired and eager to keep dancing.

The event has raised almost $80,000 for Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) to continue their important ground-breaking research so that future generations of children will be the ones to live cancer free.

Experienced choreographer Ashanti Suriyam from The Dance Workshop has crafted this year’s routine to Bonnie Tyler’s chart topping hit, Holding Out for a Hero, for the public to learn before the big day.

A rehearsal will take place the week before on Sunday 11 November at Lathlain Oval, Lathlain.

Five other dance schools from across Perth will also be performing their own showcase routines before ‘exiting stage left’ for the general public to strut their stuff in their hero outfits.

Children’s TV star from the 80’s and Telethon Mascot Fat Cat will dust off his dancing paws and join in with the kids and adults for the main performance.

The routine choreography has been recorded and is available on the Dance for a Cure website — — for participants to practice at home.

Dance for a Cure welcomes a brand new long-term partnership with Telethon and all funds raised from the event will be presented to Telethon to help ensure a better life for children facing this life threatening illness.

Event organiser Kylie Dalton said families and individuals that take part relish the unique experience.

“It has been my honour to organise this event for the families of Perth. My joy is seeing them dance and then hearing them want to do it all over again once the dance is done,” said Kylie.

“It makes all the planning and sleepless nights worth it. We need to keep this in the news so that people never stop looking for a cure to all childhood cancers. What we raise goes directly to our own WA Research projects.”

Individuals and families from all over Perth are strongly encouraged to register to be a part of this great event via the Dance for A Cure website:

Source: Have a Go News – 29



Nambung Country Music Muster raises money for CLCRF

In October 2018, the Nambung Country Music Muster was held at Nambung Station. The music festival saw 1,200 country music fans enjoying 4 days of entertainment around the historic Nambung Station shearing shed, 200 kilometres north of Perth.

Headlining the festival were the talented Pete Denahy, Sharon Heaslip, Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson. The festival celebrated all things country, with guests also enjoying old-time dancing, food trucks and the popular Bush Poets Breakfast.

The Nambung Country Music Muster supports local groups and a large proportion of the proceeds go to several different charities. The festival was able to raise $2000 for CLCRF which will go towards the vital research into childhood cancer.

CLCRF thanks the Nambung Country Music Muster for their kind donation and we wish them continued success for this year’s festival.

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SouthWest Bike Trek raises more than $35,000 for child cancer research

A huge congratulations to the 12 riders who completed a 600km bike ride across WA’s South West, raising a total of $36,376* to help fund vital research to combat childhood cancers.

The team made it to the finish line, relatively unscathed, at Cape Leewin Lighthouse, Augusta, seven days after beginning their journey in Subiaco.

The trek stopped at many locations in WA’s South West along the way, with the team overwhelmed by the support of local communities.

A big thank you to the Leeuwin Lions Club, The Busselton Rotary, Business and Professional Women’s Association, Lions Club of Waroona, Rotary and Lions Club of Harvey, South Bunbury Rotary and several other organisations who kept the hungry riders fed as well as offering generous donations and, in some cases, offering a place to sleep for the night.

Local schools also joined in on the ride, including St Joseph’s School in Waroona and Harvey Primary School who brought along 65 kids and the school principal for a bit of fresh air and exercise.

The event has raised close to $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years. It’s not too late to donate! Donate now to the South West Bike Trek!

*donation total as of 26 October 2018

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CLCRF continues ‘Million Dollar’ partnership into second year

The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. are proud to be a Million Dollar Partner of Telethon7 Perth for a second year!

The $1 million donated from CLCRF to Telethon has been earmarked solely for childhood cancer research, ALL, infant ALL, brain tumours and sarcomas.

CLCRF chairman Geoff Cattach presented the cheque to Channel 7’s Tina Altieri during last weekend’s Telethon coverage.

“Next year we’re hopeful that here at Telethon Kids Institute they’ll be additional research for children’s brain tumours and the relationship with Telethon allows us fund research into sarcomas.

“Part of the reason (we have) our relationship with Telethon (is that it) allows us to put more funds back into the research for children’s cancers.”

Telethon raised more than $38 million to support crucial child health research, provide vital medical equipment, and drive social welfare programs.

Since 1968 Western Australians have raised over $300 million through Telethon for the kids of WA.

There are several ways you can continue to help support Telethon. Book your tickets now for this weekend’s Friends of Finlay Camp Out and or register for our Dance for A Cure 2018 in November – all monies raised will go to Telethon and child cancer research.


Dance For A Cure holds out for a hero at Forest Place November 18

THERE will be no immediate cause for alarm when a league of superheroes descends on Forest Place.

The heroes will fight the villain of childhood cancer at the fifth Dance For A Cure at 9.30am on Sunday, November 18.

All funds from the event will help Telethon ensure a better life for children facing the life-threatening illness.

Five Perth dance schools will perform a showcase before the public take centre stage in a routine to Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero, choreographed by The Dance Workshop’s Ashanti Suriyam.

Individuals and families are encouraged to learn the short, easy-to-follow and fun routine from an online video and attend the event dressed as their favourite hero, be it superhero, sports star or personal hero.

Telethon’s Fat Cat will also dance in the main performance and there will be a rehearsal at Lathlain Oval on Sunday, November 11.

Event organiser Kylie Dalton said it was an honour to be part of Dance For A Cure.

“My joy is seeing them dance and then hearing them want to do it all over again once the dance is done,” Dalton said.

“It makes all the planning and sleepless nights worth it.

“We need to keep this in the news so that people never stop looking for a cure to all childhood cancers.

“What we raise goes directly to our own WA research projects,” she said.

Register and learn the routine at

Source: Eastern Reporter – 18


University of NSW production raises money for CLCRF

Every year, The University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical students put on an amazing, charity-driven production that showcases their skills in acting, dancing, singing, music and tech production. UNSW donates all proceeds from their production to a selected charity each year and in 2018 all profits were proudly donated to CLCRF.

UNSW’s MedShow started in 2000 with the annual productions having traditionally been an original script exploring the lives of medical students and doctors.

Last year’s MedShow, titled She’s the Mandible, centred around an aspiring orthopaedic surgeon, Jessie who is rejected from the Bones R’ Us Hospital for Orthopaedics and Erectile Dysfunction on the basis of being a woman.

She’s the Mandible had three shows in October 2018 and was a huge success. We are thrilled to report that the UNSW were able to raise a generous $5,800 for CLCRF.

We would like to thank the UNSW for choosing to support CLCRF and the Foundation’s important research into childhood cancer.


CLCRF Researchers head overseas to extend their knowledge

Two of The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation’s top researchers attended conferences in North America and Europe to continue their studies in both acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and the bone marrow microenvironment during leukaemogenesis.

Laurence Cheung headshot smallDr Laurence Cheung attended a very important Keystone conference ‘Keystone Symposia: Novel Aspects of Bone Biology’ in June 2018 in Salt Lake City. Attendance at this conference has reaped many dividends in terms of new collaborations and networking for the Microenvironment project as well as learning new insights regarding the bone marrow microenvironment during the development of leukaemia. Dr Cheung also presented a poster at the conference.

thumbnail_sat7030In May this year, Dr Rishi Kotecha attended the iBFM and CLLS conference in Helsinki, Finland. This conference is by invitation only and one of the specific benefits included meeting TKI’s research laboratory collaborators from the Karolinska Institutet to further develop one of the iALL projects in progress.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. ALL is characterised by an overproduction of immature white blood cells, called lymphoblasts or leukaemic blasts.

CLCRF funded both of these travel grants to the conference.


Charity rider’s wheel power

COMO resident Katelyn Lush is one of 12 cyclists this week riding from Perth to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek. The journey across the South-West started on Sunday in Subiaco and has stops at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday.

Ms Lush, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) executive assistant, said she was no professional cyclist but wanted to give it a crack.
“Two years ago, I cut off my 40cm long hair and shaved my head and raised $13,500 with my friend for charity so this year I thought the bike trek would be the next best thing,” she said.
“I decided to give it a crack and it seemed like a good idea.”

Ms Lush spent 10 months training in the lead-up to the 600km ride. Ms Lush has an Everyday Hero page to raise funds for CLCRF. She has currently raised over $800, beating her goal of $500, but wants to raise more. To donate go to

Source: Southern Gazette (South Perth)




A Cause for Celebration with Beyond Bank

A few weeks ago we were absolutely thrilled to receive a donation $3,160 thanks to Beyond Bank and their kind customers, who have chosen CLCRF as their charity of choice with their Beyond Bank Community Reward Account.

The Beyond Bank Community Reward Account is a unique way for supporters (both individuals and businesses) to contribute to CLCRF.

It’s a high interest savings account which allows CLCRF supporters to save their money. And in return CLCRF receive a Community Reward Payment1, based on the combined average annual balances of all our supporter’s savings. Our supporters don’t pay a thing.

The earnings are not capped. So, the more supporters CLCRF have saving in this account, the more money will be rewarded to our organisation. Each year Beyond Bank donate over $400,0000 back to not-for-profit community organisations.

Show your support and head over now to Beyond Bank to start a Community Reward Account!




South West Bike Trek: Eric Maddock speaks to 98five Sonshine FM

CLCRF Foundation member and South West Bike Trek coordinator Eric Maddock took to the microphone a couple of weeks ago on Mornings With Mike on 98five Sonshine FM to share his insights into next week’s South West Bike Trek.

In case you missed the interview you can listen below:

Next Sunday, 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek to raise vital funds and awareness for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The journey across WA’s iconic South West region, which is more than 300km, will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children, with three children losing their lives to cancer every week. Childhood cancer is second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost by the disease.

Donations to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) help fund valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years CLCRF has 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.

The first ever SouthWest Bike Trek took place back in 2002 and has raised just under $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years.

If you would like to donate to help Eric and his fellow riders to raise vital funds please donate now.