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Pre-Order your NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment™ Membership

The Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation is very excited to be fundraising with Entertainment™ this year. When you purchase your Entertainment™ Books & Entertainment™ Digital Membership from us to support our fundraising efforts, 20% of every membership sold contributes to vital research into childhood cancers.

Pre-order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Perth Entertainment™ Membership for only $70 and receive over $20,000 worth of valuable offers that can be used from now until 1 June 2019.

Discover thousands of valuable 2-for-1 offers and Up to 50% off for many of the best restaurants, cafés, arts, attractions, hotels, travel, shopping and much more – choose the style of Membership that suits you best:

  • The traditional Entertainment™ Book Membership that comes with the Gold Card and vouchers.
  • The new Entertainment™ Digital Membership that puts the value of the Entertainment™ Book into your iPhone or Android smartphone!

The Perth Entertainment™ Membership covers the following areas: Including Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, PLUS the best of Bali. You can also purchase an Entertainment™ Membership for other states and New Zealand!

Did you know that the Foundation has been selling Entertainment Books to our supporters for over 20 years and in the past ten years has received over $42,000 to assist with funding research into childhood cancers!

Pre-order the NEW 2018 | 2019 Perth Entertainment™ Membership now!

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Growing Georgia: An Inspiring Story

Georgia Lowry’s website is now live at www.georgialowry.com.au and you can purchase her inspiring book, ‘Growing Georgia’ now. All sales go towards funding child cancer research with Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

‘Growing Georgia’ is an inspirational story of survival told in Georgia’s own words about her experiences as a ‘miracle baby’ who defied the odds and survived a rare form of Leukaemia in the early years of her life. Georgia talks about the incredible people who have helped her along the way on her journey.

The Australian government provides less than one percent of funding towards children’s cancer research. By purchasing ‘Growing Georgia’ you will be helping thousands more children have the chance to live longer.

Georgia has come a long way, from being told not to expect to live, she is now a young woman who was recently nominated as Young Australian of the Year and is an Ambassador for the CLCRF.

It’s a story of triumph that you and your loved ones need to read. Order one to three books for the same price in postage. Order your copy and purchase some as gifts today!

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Georgia Lowry speaks at the International Women’s Day Lunch

On 8 March or International Women’s Day, our ambassador, Georgia Lowry, spoke at the Westpac sponsored International Women’s Day Luncheon in Merredin. It was a wonderful time to celebrate and be inspired by the achievements of women.

Speakers included motivational speaker Tanya Dupagne, WA Business Woman of the Year 2015, Dr April Armstrong, and of course Georgia Lowry, who also is the Equestrian State Champion.

The three-course lunch with champagne at the Cummins Theatre in Merredin was abuzz with excitement as each speaker shared and inspired others to think, act and be gender inclusive with friends, colleagues and their communities.

Georgia was very proud to represent the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) at the lunch and she spoke about her experiences.

“I was amongst some major superstars and friends and was privileged to be a guest speaker,” said Georgia.

What a wonderful event and we are very proud of Georgia and her efforts to represent the Foundation, as well as support women everywhere.

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Raffle Winner Announced

Our ‘Lucky Numbers’ Raffle #44 (Permit No LS210710417) was drawn on Friday 23 February. Winning ticket No 81125. The Winner of the $15,000 CASH has now been contacted and is VERY HAPPY!!

Our next raffle commences on the 01/03/18 – if you would like to purchase tickets – please ring our Raffle Hotline 1300 139 651 OR head to our raffle website.

Thanks to all who supported this raffle and helped raise money for vital research into childhood cancers.

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Dr Rishi Investigates New Cancer Drug in the Fight Against Infant Leukaemia

Dr Rishi Sury Kotecha is one of the scientists conducting child cancer research at the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) Lab at the Telethon Kids Institute. His expertise lies in preclinical and clinical leukaemia research and he is currently conducting studies into a key new drug called Blinatumomab. In the study, he will be examining whether the drug, Blinatumomab, can be safely added to the standard chemotherapy used to treat infants under 12 months of age with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Blinatumomab is a form of immunotherapy and binds to both the leukaemia cells and T-cells, which are important in our body’s natural defence against infections, facilitating destruction of the leukaemia cells by the T-cells. Dr Rishi believes Blinatumomab is going to be a crucial drug in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in infants.

Until now, studies have shown that Blinatumomab is safe to use in older children and adults. Dr Rishi’s research is an early phase trial, which aims to see whether using Blinatumomab is safe and feasible for treating infants under 12 months of age.

Most babies with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukaemia have a very poor survival rate due to a genetic abnormality, which is called a MLL rearrangement. Only 40 percent of babies with this abnormality survive beyond five years. For those under three months of age, there is only 16 percent survival. This highlights the desperate need for better therapies to improve their outcome. It is hoped that Blinatumomab will not only improve the outcome of these infants, but also enable reduction of conventional chemotherapy which is highly toxic to their fragile bodies.

When asked why Dr Rishi chose to specialise in paediatric haematology/oncology, he is very positive “I chose this specialty for the successes that have come from such research. When I receive emails and photos from a child I’ve treated telling me about their lives, such as starting university and having families of their own, I see the impact that research has made on their outcome and it makes it all worthwhile.”

The CLCRF is proud to fund cutting-edge research such as Dr Rishi’s that leads to better outcomes for children with leukaemia.

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$45,000 Hole-in-One!

On 12 December 2017, Andrea and Wendy of Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) attended a lunch at the Royal Perth Golf Club and the CLCRF were presented with a generous cheque of $45,000 from the Royal Perth Ladies Charity Committee. The donation came from fundraising efforts of the Royal Perth Ladies Charity Committee through proceeds from their Golf Day, Bridge Club and other activities.

In Committee Chairperson, Vicki Prastidis’ own words:

“The Royal Perth Ladies Charity Committee run a large golf day in October every year. The event is for the R.O. Law cup which has been played for 82 years. We have a field of close to 200 ladies playing golf (from clubs all over W.A.), we also have over 50 bridge players. Each player pays a fee for the day.

“The ladies set up stalls selling flowers, plants, cakes and produce, books, craft, bags, raffles and wine. The day is lots of fun and the members and community generously provide so much for us.

“As well as the golf day, we are given money each week by our Bridge club who charge a gold coin to each player. These ladies are a huge support to us.

“Throughout the year, we hold a fashion parade, sell fresh produce and have several raffles. The members at Royal Perth are so proud to be part of helping children live fuller happier lives and work hard to do that.”

The CLCRF thanks Vicki and the members of the Royal Perth Ladies Charity Committee for their generous donation and is very appreciative of their wonderful contribution to child cancer research.

If you would like to fundraise for the Foundation just head over to https://cyo-event.everydayhero.com/au/sign-up!

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Stunning Sunflowers Rise for Awareness

Last September, Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) ‘sowed the seeds for childhood cancer awareness’ by selling sunflower seeds for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The sunflower seeds were a hit with supporters and many packets were sold raising over $1,800.

Linda Kelly and her grandson, Riley Kelly-Cook, sent the Foundation some photos of sunflowers that grew from the seeds they purchased from CLCRF last September.

“Best sunflowers ever. I have never grown any this large before, the neighbours were in awe.  Fantastic way to support a great cause.“

The sunflower seed packets might make a comeback this year for September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so stay tuned!

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Georgia Lowry has a Dream!

Our young ambassador, Georgia Lowry, came up with an exciting new idea to raise funds for child cancer research. As part of the ‘Million Dollar Project’, Georgia has a dream to travel all around Australia in a small van to speak and raise $1 million to fund a Young Scientist Fellowship Program with the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF).

The Young Scientist Fellowship Program aims to seek out young scientific fellows on an international level, who would be interested in working in the CLCRF Lab in the Telethon Kids Institute.  They will be mentored in their research career into child cancer. This fellowship will advance the legacy of research that Professor Ursula Kees and Dr Michael Willoughby set into place, moving the team closer to finding a cure and better treatment protocols for children.

To ‘fuel’ her dream, she needs the following things in place:

  • Firstly, she needs a small kombi van. So, if you or you know someone who is willing to donate a van in safe working condition, get in touch with the Foundation.
  • She will require a mechanic to help her fix the fan so it will travel around the country safely.
  • It needs to be fitted out with comfortable facilities and a bed so that she can live in it. So, let us know if you can help with this.
  • Someone who is willing to spray paint or graphic wrap the van with the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. logo.
  • Donations to help pay for her fuel and food.

With all these things in place, Georgia will then be able to travel around Australia and raise a million dollars for the project! Will you help her?

If you can help Georgia in any way, please give CLCRF a call on (08) 9363 7400 or email admin@childcancerresearch.com.au.

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Geoff Cattach — Lifetime Achievement Award

On 18 January 2018, AMP honoured several financial advisers for a lifetime of achievement. CLCRF chairman, Geoff Cattach, was amongst those who were honoured.

For over 50 years, Geoff has represented AMP and served in and around the Harvey community as head of Harvey Financial Services. Geoff takes pride in the fact that his first client from 1965 is still with him.

This is not the first time that Geoff has been honoured for his dedication and service to the community. In 2009, Geoff was made a member of the General Division for the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation. In 2014, Geoff was a finalist for the WA Senior Australian of the Year.

Geoff holds to core beliefs that have served him well for over 50 years. “I have always treated people with integrity. My attitude has always been: if you never tell a lie then you don’t need a good memory; treat everyone with morality and you will never be far wrong; empathy is most important as it is about your client’s life and their dependents.”

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation’s (Inc.) Board and members congratulate Geoff Cattach for his outstanding achievement and thank him for the incredible contribution that he has made to the Foundation, the community and Financial Planning.

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Local Matters: Burgers that count!

Thanks to ‘Local Matters’ through burger restaurant, Grill’d at Brookfield Place, Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) received $600, made up of $300 each from two stores, in December.

Local Matters is a community donation program started by Grill’d. Each month, each of their restaurants supports three local community groups and donates $500 back into their local community. Each local community group receives a jar at the store. Customers are given a token that they can put into one out of three jars of their choice.

At the end of each month, the community groups receive $500 which is split between the three. The group with the highest number of tokens receives $300, and the other two groups receive $100 each.

A big thank you to Grill’d, Brookfield Place, for your delicious burgers and for helping to give towards child cancer research. Every dollar counts and we are very grateful for the support!