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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 great CIKA fundraiser is to be held at the Kooyong Tennis Club in Melbourne on Monday April 20. This inaugural luncheon was inspired by the suggestion that we needed a different type of event.|
As always, our Patron Mr Peter Mitchell is happy to act as MC and we are delighted to announce that Mr Todd Woodbridge will be our guest speaker. Come along and support CIKA, embrace the history of this wonderful Melbourne icon, enjoy a delicious lunch and have some fun with fundraising activities. For more details and to download a flyer and booking form, please click 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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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 20 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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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'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.|
|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.|
|CIKA funded research|
|We need your help|
|You can show your support for CIKA by making a donation. No donation is too small as there is a constant need for small items to support the research that we are funding. |
100% of money raised by CIKA supports our research efforts. CIKA is an official fundraising group of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.
|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.
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|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.|