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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

The annual Focus luncheon at The Highlands Hotel Craigieburn was again a great success with many members travelling on the bus organised for the occasion. It was a great opportunity for friends to catch up and enjoy a lovely meal together. Well done to Focus President, Robyn, for organising it. CIKA was well represented, with our treasurer, Steve Halligan, winning the door prize. For more photographs, please click here.

Jacqui Tobias from Moose Toys has been a most generous supporter of CIKA, donating many toys, bikes, games and backpacks for us to sell on our RCH stalls. CIKA member, Sala Rubinstein, who manages these stalls, is seen here with Jacqui (right) on a recent visit to Moose Toys Cheltenham headquarters. If you like the stunning tree house in this photograph, click here and scroll down to see it from a different angle. Thank you Jacqui and the team at Moose Toys.

Sala and friends had a very busy day at their bi-monthly Thursday stall at the RCH. It was frantic, with a very large range of product on offer for sale; the Easter eggs were, of course, very popular. A big thanks to Josie from Ferguson Plarre, Airport West, who organised a very generous donation of hot cross buns to be sold at the stall. The first batch sold in half an hour and Josie happily secured another large donation of buns which promptly sold out as well.

We welcome the sponsorship from Ferguson Plarre to CIKA.

Click here to see Katrina's parents and sister.
Vale Lesley McKibbin.
Lesley was, for many years, one of CIKA's most dedicated supporters. Lesley was a great advocate and her fund raising started many years ago with her bike rides around Victoria and beyond when she very proudly wore the CIKA logo on her vest. She continued with other fund-raising activities including the luncheons at Crown that subsequently morphed into the Cragieburn luncheon. She was always the sales woman, with RCH bags or Wood Days calendars to sell.

Sadly, Lesley lost her battle with cancer on 12 March. We shall miss her terribly. She had a very engaging personality and from the first time you met her you felt like you had known her forever.

Fiona Love was one of CIKA's children. After successful treatment for Ewing's sarcoma in 1989 she became a much-loved member of the CIKA family. Last year she succumbed to uterine cancer, leaving behind her husband and two children. You can read her story here.

On the initiative of her many friends, wine maker Rob Hall has produced a special edition of her favourite chardonnay which is now on sale, so why not purchase half a dozen bottles to drink a toast to her memory and to support CIKA? All proceeds from sales of this wine will be shared between the two charities with which Fiona was involved: CIKA and Love Your Sister. To order, or simply for details of this great wine, please click here.

Click here to see Katrina's parents and sister.
Vale John Tasker.
John was one of CIKA's founding members. He and his wife Lois were the parents of Katie, whose love of butterflies is commemorated in our logo. Sadly, he passed away on Thursday 19th October. His funeral took place on 26th October at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Doncaster, which is the same location as Katie's funeral in 1976. His son, Rick, gave the eulogy which can be read by clicking here.

We had a large clean out and packing day at CIKA headquarters on October 31. Thank you to Ruth and Sala for the great work and also lovely to have Lyn back with us. A long day but productive.

On the 13th of October the CIKA team came together to remember and recognise Fiona Gilchrist (nee Love ), one of CIKA's children who passed last year.

We have purchased a
biomedical freezer in memory of Fiona and, along with her parents Faye and Michael, her sister Sarah, Fiona's husband Jamie, and all her wonderful friends, we were able to share the journey of her life. The morning commenced with a presentation from CIKA vice president, Ellen Webb, followed bty Fiona's story by Jamie.

Dr Louise Ludlow, the Tissue Bank Co-ordinator, updated the guests on the work that she undertakes and the
valuable contribution that the new freezer has made.

Faye concluded the event and extended thanks from the family for the support that they had received from all present. For more photographs,
please click here.

CIKA's stalls held each month in the foyer of the Royal Children's Hospital and those at Trentham Railway Station, at Pinewood Shopping Centre, and from time to time at other venues, are a very important part of CIKA's fundraising activities. We are most grateful to our hardworking members who contribute to their success.

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 RCH stall and some recent photographs can be found by clicking here. The stall dates can be found by clicking here.

Photographs taken at the Pinewood Shopping Centre stalls can be found by clicking here.

A report from Pam Phillips on her recent meeting with a group of generous donors to her stalls can be found 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 26 August 2018.

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The first ever CIKA Venetian Masquerade Ball will be a big event. For more details or to download a flyer, please click here or on the image above.

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Do you have an unwanted handbag? CIKA is asking for donations of good quality second hand handbags to be reconditioned for sale on the CIKA stall at the RCH. For details of how to donate, or to download a larger version of our flyer, please click here or on the image above.

Yvonne is 79 years young. She has a creative mind and skilled craft hands which have produced many a fine piece of art work over the years. Yvonne was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease several years ago but has maintained her creativity by knitting to her heart's content in support of others in need. We, the CIKA team, are most appreciative of Yvonne for coming on board to knit for the our stalls, which, at present, can be found in the RCH foyer four times a month.

The RCH Winter Market is a great opportunity for CIKA member, Pam Phillips, to showcase the range of goods donated by her dedicated team of volunteers. This year's market, held in Main Street at the RCH, once again saw Pam, Lois and Ann there in full force with beautiful hand made product.
A very busy day for the the CIKA team and a great result! You can see the goodies in close up
by clicking here.

Pam Phillips' grandchildren are also enthusiastic fundraisers for the RCH. As well as helping Pam from time to time with her market stalls, they participate in the Good Friday fund raising drive organised by their school. You read more and see larger photographs by clicking here.

The Entertainment Book gives access to discounts and two-for-one offers for dining, entertainment and travel. It is available from CIKA supporter Shirleigh Quarrell for use in Geelong and Ballarat or in Melbourne. For more details, or to purchase a book, please click here.

Congratulations to Jamison who took on the challenge to choose kind. The result of his initiative was a donation to CIKA of $1,000. Thank you so much to the Choose kind team for their amazing donation, and to Jamison for choosing kind and for selecting CIKA as his recipient. You can read more about Jamison's kindness by clicking here.

Young Entrepreneurs has been a fundraising initiative by small groups of girls at Methodist Ladies' College since 2006. when it stated life as "Cooking for Cash". Over the last twelve years the students have raised more than $14,000 for CIKA. For the last two years, CIKA and the RCH have been delighted to welcome the girls and their teacher, Debbie Hudson, on a tour of the research facilities that they are helping to support. Please click here for photographs and to read more.

Read more about MLC's fund-raising efforts by clicking here.

Lois is a long-time CIKA supporter who puts her dressmaking skills to good use in support of CIKA. We are very grateful for all that she does to help us raise money to continue the fight against childhood cancer. Thank you Lois.

Lois has provided CIKA with a description of the production process. You can read it by clicking here.

Why not sign up to CIKA's e-Newsletter? You can subscribe by clicking here.

Pam Phillips recently paid a visit to Cardinia Waters Village, the home of several of CIKA's generous supporters, where she was showered with items to sell on her popular stalls. These included the beautiful hand-made dolls seen above. You can read her report on her time there by clicking here.

Mahala has more than doubled her target by raising $2,500 for CIKA. Thank you Mahala. Please click here to read Mahala’s Story.

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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.

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.

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.

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CIKA funded research

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

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

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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.

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.