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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

Many thanks to Phillip Johnson, Immediate Past District Governor of Lions District 201v2, who, along with his wife Anne, recently visited the RCH and MCRI to attend a thank-you afternoon tea in recognition of the donation of over $34,000 raised by the district. Also present were district members Andrew and Christine Duyvestyn who are amongst CIKA's most loyal and generous supporters. The donation enabled CIKA to purchase a freezer and a light cycler machine to support the research activities of the hospital.

Vale Ted Taplin
CIKA is mourning the passing of Ted Taplin 2nd June. Ted came to his first CIKA meeting not long after his precious young grandson Edward died from a solid tumour called neuroblastoma. He was introduced to us by Mary Mac at the RCH and from the moment he joined CIKA in 2003 he worked tirelessly to fund research into solid cancerous tumours in children.

Ted was never going to be a seat warmer and his first mission was to revitalise the
CIKA stalls. Ever the salesman, he would stay until all product was sold. Along with his good friend Anne Dynon of Flemington Veterinary they established and ran the CIKA dog shows where he particularly enjoyed the role as judge. His great strength was at the CIKA Balls; he had great corporate connections and ensured that he used his "gift of the gab" to raise funds for research.

Ted had been unwell for many years but still kept the shaker tins coming in (another Ted initiative) and maintained his position on the CIKA committee until his death. We offer our condolences to his wife, Sue, who has kept in close contact with the CIKA team, and to Ted's family.



Celebrate 36 years of CIKA!
Please put the 23rd of July into your diary as we want you and your friends to join us for our CIKA celebration of thirty six years of fundraising for The Royal Children’s Hospital. For more details and to download a flyer, please click here.

Cards for CIKA
The CIKA team has enjoyed a relationship with the Department of Justice South East Metropolitan Region for many years during which we have enjoyed the results of their programmes. These provide a great opportunity for offenders on works orders to be involved in projects that help others, and this year CIKA was the beneficiary of their card making programme. We were inspired by Tracey, a graduate of the programme, who addressed the many volunteer groups that attended the function where she gave an emotional and articulate description of her journey; her honesty is to be admired. Sala and Renate represented CIKA and Sala addressed the gathered groups, discussed the work we do and thanked the women for the beautiful array of cards that have been made for us to sell. Click here for another photograph.

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
aggie.poliafico@bendigoadelaide.com.au

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.


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 28 June 2016.


Pam Phillips was recently invited to the home of CIKA supporter Ann Fisher where she was presented with a range of items for sale on her CIKA market stalls. You can read her report by clicking here.

Creative card making for women in partnership with the Basin Community House is based at the Lilydale Justice Service Centre, Department of Justice and Regulation. This program commenced in the latter part of 2015 and has become a very successful program in a very short time period. Female offenders are provided with pre-accreditation opportunities, where they learn new skills whilst making and designing beautiful cards, which are sold to raise money for CIKA @ Royal Children's Hospital for research into children's cancers. This special unpaid community work program provides female offenders with a unique opportunity to complete their unpaid community work hours supporting such a worthy cause.

We are most grateful to the women involved and to Regional Community Work Program Manager, Beverley Garratt, for the report.



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A big thank you to the very energetic Macedon Ranges Focus Group members who had a very successful stall at the Gisborne market on Sunday 1st May. Amongst the wide selection of goods sold, children's jumpers were particularly popular. The shaker tin was also put to good use. We appreciate all the work that went into this fundraiser and our thanks go to Lesley, Ruth, Trish and Marie. Please click here for another photograph.

The Focus Group luncheon held on 5th May attracted a full house of fifty guests. For more details, and two photographs please click here.

Dr Louise Ludlow was the guest speaker at The April Macedon Ranges Focus Group luncheon. Louise established and now manages the Children's Cancer Centre Tissue Bank and her talk centred around her background and the research she has undertaken at the Mudroch Children's Research Institute. Focus Group members are great believers in the work that CIKA funds and the enthusiasm produced by her talk was evident from the very lengthy question session that followed.

Also attending the luncheon at the Gisborne Golf Club were the President of Templestowe Auxiliary, Anne Peter Budge, and her treasurer, Raelene Trotter, who, inspired by a talk given at a RCH auxiliary function by Professor Richard Saffery, presented a cheque to CIKA to contribute to the funding of the Tissue Bank. This is a wonderful collaboration between two auxiliaries.
For a photograph and to read Dr Ludlow's speech, please click here.

Another very successful stall was orgainsed by Pam Phillips, one of CIKA's most energetic members, at The Pines shopping centre on Maundy Thursday. You can read all about it and see some photographs by clicking here.

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.


Angela and Sala are seen here proudly displaying Angela's birthday cake. Happy birthday Angela, and thank you so much for your fundraising for CIKA. To find out more, please click here.

The 2015 Wood Days, organised by the tireless Duyvestyn family and their dedicated band of supporters, raised $27,177.10, all of which will be used to fund research into childhood cancer. You can read a report by clicking here.

CIKA is one hundred percent run by volunteers, so our generous donors can be sure that everything that they give goes where they intend.

The RCH Auxiliaries calendar for 2016 can be read by clicking here.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group are our longest standing supporters and they have to be one of the most active and happiest bunch of women on the planet. Age, aches and health challenges do not get in the way of this group fundraising for CIKA and at this year's the annual Christmas lunch we were presented with a cheque for $9000.00. We are very appreciative of all the events that they hold throughout the year and are overwhelmed by the ongoing support that they give to CIKA.

Once again we were presented with a very generous cheque from Andy and Gwen Kakafikas (TBS Australia ) at the Luncheon. Gwen said that she and Andy were glad to be able to support CIKA and we would like to thank them again for their generous donations over many years.


Please click here for another photograph and details of their previous 2015 lunches.


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.


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.


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.

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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.