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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 2014 Wood Days are fast approaching. If you have attended this event in the past, you will know that it is a fun weekend for the entire family. Details of this year's event, which will take place at Milltown on 8 and 9 November, can be found by clicking here.

Our thanks go to Dymitha at the Marong General Store for her unique way of getting on board with CIKA. In 2013 slabs of cypress cut at the Wood Days were transported to Marong and converted to the outdoor furniture that you see above. To assist with fundraising Dymitha has displayed information about CIKA and has shaker tins for those wishing to donate.

They are busy people at the store but they have time for CIKA. Well done.

Fashion for the Field was name of this year's highly successful Bendigo Cup Day Luncheon. This event, which took place on Tuesday 30 September, was the second such luncheon organised by the very energetic Ruth Edelsten, supported by CIKA member Sala Rubinstein. Almost 150 attendees enjoyed great company, terrific food and an inspiring fashion parade which resulted in over $4,100 being raised for CIKA.

A special thanks to those thirty members of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group who caught the train to Bendigo, to the guests who attended from Melbourne and to the representatives from the Bendigo branch of The Bendigo Bank for their support.
You can read the report on this event that appeared in The Bendigo Advertiser by clicking 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.

The prestigious Madge Tate award is presented each year to an auxiliary member who has shown great leadership and diligence in fundraising for the Royal Children's Hospital. This year, and for the first time in the history of this award, a couple were the winners. CIKA members Andrew and Christine Duyvestyn from Byaduk have shown a long and sustained commitment to supporting research into solid cancerous tumours in children. The CIKA team, along with a large contingent of family and friends, were there to celebrate the award with them. Andrew and Christine have also received recognition from Premier Napthine who is well aware of the work that they have done in his electorate. We are very proud to have them on the CIKA team.

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.

Another fun luncheon at Crown, arranged by Lesley McKibbin, was a sellout with 65 guests from Melbourne and rural Victoria. We welcomed Craig and Robyn from the RCH and it was lovely for them to meet with some of our long time supporters from the Macedon Ranges Focus Group. Over $1,300 was raised for CIKA and we extend out special thanks to Lesley and all those who travelled long distances to attend. Please click here for more.

CIKA is very grateful for the continuing support we receive from the Arena brothers at O'Heas Bakery. Jim, Joe and Nick are constant tin rattlers for CIKA.
Their baked goods and large array of continental foods are legendary. Call in at 203 O'Hea St, Coburg.

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.

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 25 October 2014.

CIKA is most grateful to Bev and David Jenkins who have presented
us with a cheque for five thousand dollars as a donation towards this year's Ball. These unsung heroes also donated five thousand dollars last year and we thank them most sincerely for their generosity.

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.

CIKA is pleased to welcome Joseph Ngo and Judy Thanh Truc to its team of generous supporters. Joseph and Judy are the owners of LJ Hooker Real Estate offices in Glen Waverley, Doncaster, and Box Hill. We are most grateful for their donation of $1,000 to our fight to find a cure for childhood solid cancers.

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 good to the RCH for many years, has joined CIKA's fundraising team. To read more, please click here.

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.