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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

James and Patrick Rea are using their participation in the Tower Hill Challenge, organised by the Koroit Football Club, to raise money for brain cancer research at the RCH. The two brothers lost their eleven year old sister, Pippa, this year to diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The event will kick off at 8.00 a.m., on December 5 at Koroit football grond from where participants will be bussed to Tower Hill. If you live in or are visiting Western Victoria, please support this event. If you do not, please support the boys with your sponsorship. For more details, please click here.

Bendigo Bank and The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation have formed a unique partnership. Bendigo Bank understands that banking is about more than just money. It's about the good that money can bring. Like their partnership with the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, providing a range of products that generates ongoing funds directly to the hospital.

Aggie Poliafico is the Bendigo Bank Relationship Banker and she has already shown great support to CIKA, most recently attending the Bendigo luncheon (see article below) – and helping out as the raffle announcer!! With more than 20 years' experience in banking, Aggie Poliafico can help you achieve your financial goals with the right advice and products. To make an appointment to discuss your banking needs contact Aggie Poliafico 8643 4017 or mobile 0402 138 723 or email

It's a simple way of supporting the hospital while, at the same time, doing your everyday banking.

The 2015 Bendigo Luncheon held on September 29th was a great success thanks to the untiring efforts of Sala Rubinstein, Ruth Edelsten and their many helpers. Sala's report on the event can be read by clicking here.

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.

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.

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.

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 30 November 2015.

The 20th Old Time Wood Days were held on 14th and 15th November at Milltown 11 km north of of Heywood. It promised to be the biggest and best event ever, so keep checking here for a report.

We love the Arena boys at O'Heas Bakery and Deli at 203-205 O'Hea Street in Pascoe Vale. Dom, Nick ,Joe and Jim have been great tin shakers for CIKA for nearly ten years and always order several tins at a time. The Deli has undergone a complete renovation but is still serving the fabulous bakery items for which they are renowned. A big thanks from CIKA for the constant support from the team at O'Heas.

For a photograph of their range of delicious products,
please click here.

On 14 October, a group from CIKA attended an afternoon tea to celebrate our ongoing relationship with the Department of Justice, South East Metropolitan Region. Seen here, left to right, are Danka (SEMR), Sandra, Faye (CIKA), Bev (SEMR), Renata and Faye (CIKA). The event provided Sandra with the opportunity to thank Bev for the longstanding working partnership between the two groups.

The 2015 Lab Day, which took place on Sunday 19 July, provided a wonderful opportunity for CIKA's friends and supporters to see, at first hand, the work being done at the RCH and the MCRI, and supported by CIKA thanks to the generosity of so many tireless fundraisers. We are so grateful for your efforts which have been instrumental in ensuring that this important research can continue. It should be a matter of pride for everyone concerned. We are particularly grateful to Phillip Johnson and his team in Lions Club District 201v2 for their support.

To read more,
please click here.

The CIKA monthly stalls at the RCH have had a massive revamp this year and the resulting sales reflect the work that CIKA team members have put into the purchasing, selection and display of goods. When asked why there has been such a lift in sales, Sala Rubinstein reflected on her many years in business and commented that she applied the
skills learnt there to her responsibility as stall manager. Sala has great help from long term CIKA members Faye and Leah along with Renate and Freda; the girls work together as a very effective team.

We are also supported in this monthly fundraiser with donations of knitted goods, quilts, caps and other products made by supporters throughout country Victoria.

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.

Mother and daughter, Audrey and Carol, are two of the wonderful people who devote so much of their time and energy supporting CIKA. You can read about them by clicking here.

Thirty five members of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group met at the RCH on Saturday 14 March for a tour of the public spaces. CIKA has been the beneficiary of fundraising from this amazing group of women since 1989 and last Christmas the donations to us surged over the $100,000 mark; a fantastic amount from a group of women who meet socially.

The group was split into two and were accompanied by Steve and Sandra Lehrer and the wonderful Mary Macgowan. The tour leaders for the tour were the CEO from The RCH Foundation, Sue Hunt, and Laurel-Leigh Lawson from Auxiliaries. At the end of the tour the group enjoyed a light lunch in the new Foundation facilities and Sue Hunt delivered the thanks of The Foundation for the great contribution of this group to the RCH.

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.

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.

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'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

You can read about the research being supported by CIKA by clicking on this link to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute's website.

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.