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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

Pam Phillips and Friend of CIKA Lois Staunton had a very busy day at The Pines, East Doncaster, on Thursday 17 April. After arriving at 7.00 a.m., to set up their stall they were on their feet for twelve hours. Fortunately they had help from Eugenia, Ann and Mary-Ann, and Pam's grandchildren Harvey aged ten and Chantelle, eight, who raised $185 with their own merchandise. To read more about this wonderful fund-raising effort and to see some photographs, please click here.

80 per cent is not enough. This was the message to participants in the CIKA laboratory open day at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on the 30th March. Survival rates for children diagnosed with cancer have risen from vitually nil to around eighty percent over the last fifty years, thanks to ongoing research like that undertaken at the Royal Cildren's Hospital here in Melbourne. CIKA is proud to support this lifesaving effort but more work is still needed to increase the survival rate to one hundred percent.

Around seventy CIKA members and supporters were taken on a tour of the research facility and had the opportunity to ask questions and observe at first hand the work that they are supporting.
Please click here for some photographs, or to read about the research that CIKA is helping to fund click here.

The next Macedon Ranges Focus Group luncheon will take place at 11.15 on Wednesday 28th May at Crown Casino. The cost will be $20 and places are already filling fast. For details please click here.

The 2014 CIKA Ball will be held at the Pullman Hotel on Saturday 16 August. The inaugural meting of the CIKA Ball Committee was held on February 26. In attendance were a number of long time CIKA members and supporters, and we also welcomed new people to the CIKA family. We are excited about our theme which we are keeping under wraps for now. We are looking forward to what will be a great event, so be sure to keep the date free and put a note in your diary now.

The Naturally Cool Big Band joined forces with the Gisborne Peak Winery in the Macedon Ranges for an afternoon of food, wine, music and fellowship on Sunday January 19. For photographs of the event and to read the reports published in local newspapers, please click here.

The band supported CIKA again at its performance at the Sunbury Bowling Club on February 1 when a further $1295 was raised.

The 'Arresting Recipes' cook book is now available for purchase at $10 plus postage and handling from CIKA President, Sandra Lehrer, so call her on
0409 369 853 or send an email to
president@cika.org.au. All proceeds will go to CIKA.

The 'Arresting Recipes' project was runner up in the annual Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards.

It has been a very long and successful journey for Bev Garratt from her initial idea of the 'Stir the Pot' cook book to the final production of the Arresting Recipes booklet. The project was runner up in the Educational Institution Program. The certificate was presented at the annual Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 20. The project involved the collaboration of the Department of Justice's South East Metropolitan Region Community Work Program with the Jesuit Community College, Fitted for Work, the Drum Theatre and CIKA. Our sincere thanks go to Beverley and her team for all the great work, but a very special thank you to all those women who participated in this program. It was a huge project and one from which CIKA will benefit. For more details, please click here.

Congratulations to Andrew and Christine Duyvestyn and their dedicated band of helpers on the success of the eighteenth Old Time Wood Days held on 9th and 10th November. A veritable army of volunteers made camp on the block up to a week beforehand to prepare for the event. Please click here for a report.

2013 CIKA ball photographs are available for download on Flikr. Most of the photographs taken by CIKA's photographer have been uploaded to Flikr and are now available for download. For more information 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 23 April 2014.

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.

Australia Day honour for CIKA supporter. We are most delighted to announce that CIKA supporter, Beverley Garrett, won an award in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

Beverley's contribution to the community, both through her work and personally, is immense and we are indeed proud to
have her as a champion of our cause. The
CIKA committee would like to extend our congratulations on her being awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day honours list.

Cancer Crusaders will be holding a dinner dance on Saturday 3 May at the Italian Social Club in Werribee. For more information or to book on line, please click here.

CIKA's Hospital Stall benefits from the generosity of many donors.
The stalls held monthly in main street at the RCH are a major source of income that supports the research that CIKA funds. We continue to benefit from the kindness of many in the community who contribute goods for sale, most of which are handmade.

Ann and Ron are one such couple and their story of contribution started many years ago when their granddaughter starting attending the hospital. She was four years old and had been diagnosed with an illness that was rare but
incurable. Her treatment was made easier by a clown who visited the ward and Ann started making clowns at that time. Over the years (their granddaughter is now 19 and is being treated at an adult hospital) Ann and Ron have made the journey
from rural Victoria to Melbourne to
donate these clowns to the RCH.

CIKA has been the benificency of the last group of ten clowns and it was fortuitous that the day on which they arrived at the RCH was the day that our December stall was in full swing. They sold well and we are very appreciative of the work that
Ann and Ron (seen below with CIKA volunteer Lyn Weber) do for the RCH. Thank you.

After working on a new look, the stall team has some great new product for 2014. 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 for 2014 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.

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

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

To see a list of our sponsors, click here.