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CIKA was founded in April 1980 by three families, to increase the
awareness of cancer in children and to encourage financial support to
aid research into children's cancer.

Whats happening @ CIKA

Another honour for Christine and Andrew. As well as being real power houses when it comes to CIKA, Christine and Andrew Duyvestyn have, for many years, been involved with many different volunteer works throughout their local area. In recognition of this of this community involvement they have both been named the 2015 Moyne Shire Australia Day Citizens of the year. This award recognizes the outstanding service and contribution to their local community over a number of years by an individual or individuals. It comes hard on the heels of their receipt of the Madge Tate award from the Royal Children's Hospital. (Photograph above.) The CIKA team congratulates them on their achievement. This recognition is well deserved. To read the citation, please click here. Background information can be read by clicking here.

Lions Club members are well known for rolling up their sleeves and getting onto projects, and CIKA welcomes the continuing participation of Lions Club District 201v2. This district supported
the entire journey of the
CIKA Coach Drive with the provision of meals and donations. This year, under the care of District Governor Phillip Johnson, club members are working hard to fund the provision of a Lightcycler 480 Real Time PCR. We are grateful for the work that Phillip does for the community and we value the conversations he has with
many Lions Clubs about CIKA's activites aimed a funding research into childhood cancer. He has attended several CIKA functions and was a guest at
the 2014 Lab Day.

The annual Andy's market
was held in Main Street at the RCH on
the 26th of November with the CIKA
team, Pam Phillips, Lady Marmalade,
Geoff Grenwood, and helpers Lois and Anne who set out a full array of home made jams, aprons, frocks and an abundance of beautifully presented Christmas presents. This energetic crew started early in the morning and pulled
up stumps at 5pm. They were overwhelmed by the number of transactions and the success of the day. Well done.

The 2014 Wood Days have been and gone. This annual event is a tribute to the energy and resourcefulness of the Duyvestyn family and their many generous helpers and supporters including the four above who welcomed visitors as they arrived. One of the participants has written of her experiences at this year's event. To read it, or to view some photographs, please click here.

Our thanks go to Dymitha at the Marong General Store for her unique way of getting on board with CIKA. In 2013 slabs of cypress cut at the Wood Days were transported to Marong and converted to the outdoor furniture that you see above. To assist with fundraising Dymitha has displayed information about CIKA and has shaker tins for those wishing to donate.

They are busy people at the store but they have time for CIKA. Well done.

Fashion for the Field was name of this year's highly successful Bendigo Cup Day Luncheon. This event, which took place on Tuesday 30 September, was the second such luncheon organised by the very energetic Ruth Edelsten, supported by CIKA member Sala Rubinstein. Almost 150 attendees enjoyed great company, terrific food and an inspiring fashion parade which resulted in over $4,100 being raised for CIKA.

A special thanks to those thirty members of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group who caught the train to Bendigo, to the guests who attended from Melbourne and to the representatives from the Bendigo branch of The Bendigo Bank for their support.
You can read the report on this event that appeared in The Bendigo Advertiser by clicking here and you can see some photographs by clicking here.

It was All Hands on Deck for Year 7 at Methodist Ladies' College on Tuesday August 5 when the students, with some help from staff and volunteer parents, wrapped the baskets that they had donated to the Silent Auction for this year's CIKA Ball. For the past ten years, students have been donating goods and producing these colourful and popular baskets for auction. Those produced this year were placed on display around the school before being transported to the ball venue. Over $30,000 has been raised to date. We are most grateful to everyone involved in this initiative. Click here for more photographs.

Click here to read about MLC's other fundraising effort for CIKA.

More details of the 2014 CIKA Ball and some photographs can be seen by clicking here.

Loud and generous support.
Throughout June, Melbourne staff at Airservices Australia generously supported 'Loud Shirt Day', raising $1371.95 for research into childhood cancers at the Royal Children's Hospital. CIKA is most grateful for their fund-raising efforts. To read more, please click here.

CIKA vice president, Ellen Webb, was asked to speak at the annual general meeting of the RCH Combined Auxiliaries on Saturday 5 July. Her topic was the involvement that CIKA has with the hospital. Ellen's speeches are always very powerful and we have posted this one for you to read and to consider her important message. It can be read by clicking here.

CIKA is very grateful for the continuing support we receive from the Arena brothers at O'Heas Bakery. Jim, Joe and Nick are constant tin rattlers for CIKA.
Their baked goods and large array of continental foods are legendary. Call in at 203 O'Hea St, Coburg.

Details of some of CIKA's other past events are archived on our "Past Events" page which can be reached by clicking here.

This site was last updated on 27 January 2015.

The RCH Auxiliaries Office has published a list of important dates for 2015. They can be read by clicking here.

The CIKA team is indeed fortunate to have had such a longstanding relationship with the Macedon Ranges Focus Group and we know that, when we attend the last
Focus Lunch each year, Christmas is
well on the way. This year CIKA was represented by Faye, Steve, Sala, Ellie, Pam and long-time CIKA supporter Bev Jenkins who, along with seventy Focus members, enjoyed a wonderful lunch
and a visit from Santa.

We are indebted to these wonderful women who are constantly creating new ways to raise money; they are everywhere: at the Bendigo Lunch, on bike rides, selling calendars, running raffles and organizing fundraising
lunches at Crown, as well as managing their monthly Focus Group meetings.
This year CIKA was presented with a cheque for $10,000.00, a fantastic donation from an inspiring group of volunteers.

Our thanks also to Gwen and Andy Kakafikas for their very generous
ongoing donation and also to Bronwyn Judge for her donation.
Please click here for some photographs.

Cooking for Cash, Every year since 2006 a significant amount of money has been raised by a small group of girls at Methodist Ladies' College who take a Home Economics subject called Cooking for Cash. The girls run a small catering business and staff at the College purchase the goods produced. Muesli, sausage rolls, banana and blueberry bread, and Thai Green Curry have been enjoyed this year. More than $10,000
has been raised since the programme's inception and this year will add another $1534 to the total. Teacher, Debbie Hudson, has nothing but praise for the team of girls who work incredibly hard to fill the orders in a short space of time. While the staff enjoy the fruits of their labour, CIKA takes their earnings. A
great partnership!
Read more about MLC's fund-raising efforts by clicking here.

A Christmas package from Euston. CIKA is proud to have many supporters in rural areas and we are fortunate to have a very dedicated friend in Janetta Sutton who lives in Euston. Janetta is very creative and has surprised us with packages of very different
product that is sold on the CIKA stalls.
I wanted to share with you the Christmas goodies that have just arrived in time for Andy's Market on Wednesday November 26. We are indebted to our many volunteers like Janetta who keep us supplied with product to sell. Thank you.

Emily Graham recently received a certificate of appreciation from CIKA president Sandra Lehrer in recognition of her fundraising efforts over the past five years. Emily is currently working her gap year at the family store in Nhill where she has an area set aside for the sale of donated product for us. We congratulate Emily on her fundraising efforts and look forward to her continued support when she moves to Melbourne next year. Thank you Emily, it is wonderful people like you who help to make a difference.

Sala Rubinstein is heavily involved with the CIKA stall at the RCH, but it turns out that she has other skills. Her friend Freda Boyer, who helps her with the stall, has a group of seven friends who meet once a month when they take it in turns to organise something different. When it was Freda's turn, she asked Sala to teach her friends tapping. So, on the evening of November 6th, she had a tapping class at Freda's place. After a strenuous ninety minute workout, and a lot of fun, they all put in for CIKA, donating $200 toward the fight against childhood cancer. Thank you Sala, Freda and everyone involved.

Updated information on CIKA's aims and history has been provided for potential members and supporters by our vice-president, Ellen Webb. To download a copy in pdf format, please click here, or to download a copy as a Microsoft Word document, please click here.

CIKA is most grateful to Bev and David Jenkins who have presented
us with a cheque for five thousand dollars as a donation towards this year's Ball. These unsung heroes also donated five thousand dollars last year and we thank them most sincerely for their generosity.

The Let's Go Cruisin' committee has made a generous donation to CIKA, accompanied by a very kind letter. This social group is based on the Mornington Peninsula and supports many local charities. It was a major sponsor of the CIKA Coach Drive in 2013.

CIKA would also like to thank those from the club who made the journey to Melbourne to attend our recent Lab day, and on behalf of the CIKA team and our children we appreciate your help in
Funding Research to Find a Cure.

Scott Duyvestyn has done it again. For the second year running Scott has been recognized by his employer, ExxonMobil, for his volunteer work with CIKA. As a result of his efforts, CIKA was the recipient of a $1000 cheque that will be used to support our research project. Our thanks go to ExxonMobil for recognizing the volunteer work that many of their staff do in the community. To read more about Scott Duyvestyn and ExxonMobil's philanthropic support, please click here.

CIKA is pleased to welcome Joseph Ngo and Judy Thanh Truc to its team of generous supporters. Joseph and Judy are the owners of LJ Hooker Real Estate offices in Glen Waverley, Doncaster, and Box Hill. We are most grateful for their donation of $1,000 to our fight to find a cure for childhood solid cancers.

Cardinia Waters Village comes on board. CIKA is most grateful to be the recipient of a donation of $1395.50 from this group which, thanks to Ann and Ron Fisher, who have been contributing goods to the RCH for many years, has joined CIKA's fundraising team. To read more, please click here.

CIKA receives a cheque from Margaret and Geoff Greenwood. We are so fortunate to have the support of this wonderful couple who have been raising funds for the fight against childhood cancer for many, many years. Click here to read more.

CIKA's Hospital Stall, held monthly in main street at the RCH, and from time to time elsewhere, is a major source of the income that supports CIKA funded research. We continue to benefit from the kindness of many who contribute goods for sale, most of which are handmade. Amongst these generous contributors are Ann and Ron, seen below with CIKA volunteer Lyn Weber (right).

If you can help with a donation of goods or if you would like to join the volunteer team, please contact Pam Phillips on 0418 344 223 or Sala Rubinstein on 0411 515 119.

More information about the stall can be found by clicking here. The stall dates can be found by clicking here.

CIKA's Children
Over 140 children under 15 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in Victoria and 90% of these children are treated at the Royal Children's Hospital. The CIKA children have all battled cancer. You can read some of their stories here.

Thomas Carafa

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CIKA funded research

Leica microscope
In May 2013, the CIKA coach drive provided funding for the purchase of a Leica microscope and accessories. It was very quickly put into action and in November we received a report on its use to examine the morphology of cells derived from tumour biopsies. To learn more, please click here.

Translational Research Centre
In 2013, CIKA committed to a three year project for the establishment of a Translational Research Centre in Paediatric Solid Tumours, to be conducted through a partnership between The Royal Children’s Cancer Centre and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

By working together we hope to realize our common vision, that through research we can not only improve treatment, but also discover a way to prevent childhood tumours.


Louise Ludlow commenced as the Children’s Cancer Centre Tumour Bank Coordinator in August 2013. To learn more about the tumour bank at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, funded by CIKA, please click here. To visit the MCRI web page, please click here.

Researcher Anna Czajko is seen here operating the microscope purchased in 2013 with funds raised by CIKA.

Researcher Alex Sexton-Oates is currently working towards a Ph.D., based on her research at the MCRI.

Researcher Leah Morenos. You can read Leah's research biography by clicking here.

Boris Novakovic worked as a researcher until early in 2014.

Yosuke Minoda worked as a research assistant in the Children's Cancer Centre until March 2012. He is now working towards his Ph.D., at the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute in Ballarat. To read more, please click here.

Researcher Vinod Dagar worked as a researcher until 2011.

Click here to read about some of the many groups and individuals who support CIKA.

To see a list of our sponsors, click here.