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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

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 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.

A big thank you once again to Scott Duyvestyn, son of CIKA members Andrew and Christine, who made a successful application for CIKA to be awarded an ExxonMobil Australia Volunteer Involvement Program Grant of $1000.00 to reflect his community involvement with The Old Time Wood Days and CIKA. We appreciate the support that Scott has shown the team over the many years that he has been successful in obtaining this grant from ExxonMobil.

Scott's journey is personal and whilst it is many years since his brother Dean was diagnosed with cancer Scott continues to try to have an impact on CIKA's mission to " Fund Research Find A Cure "

Preparation is already underway for the 2017 Old Time Wood Days. Those of you who have attended past Wood Days will know what a wonderful experience this is, filled with
fun and fellowship in a bush setting in Western Victoria. This year's raffle will have some very generous prizes, so don't miss out. You can download a flyer for the event
by clicking here.

Bendigo "Posties" come on board to support CIKA. Following a presentation by Ruth Edelsten in late June, a large group of Bendigo "Posties" have committed to raise funds for CIKA this year. Thank you Ruth for taking this initiative, and a big thank you to the Australia Post workers in Bendigo.

The CIKA Seaside Soiree was a huge success. Hosted by CIKA Patron, Peter Mitchell, at The Blairgowrie Yacht Club, on Saturday May 6, guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of food, fun and music. We hope to post more photographs here, but, meanwhile, check the CIKA email newsletter or the CIKA Facebook page for a brief report.

After many hours of hard work and not a little cursing, CIKA's Newsletter Editor has at last produced our first email newsletter. If you are on our mailing list and we have your email address, it should have already landed in your inbox. If not, you can subscribe by clicking here.

Sixteen Sailability volunteers were blessed with blue skies and fair winds when they joined CIKA supporters Barbara and Andrew Rozsa on 15 February for their third annual CIKA fundraising cruise from Blairgowrie to Queenscliff. On arrival at the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club, a BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all. The cruise raised $800 for CIKA and gave Andrew and Barbara great joy in putting this event together. Thank you both.

Pippa’s art - a legacy to help others. Eleven-year-old Pippa Rea lost her battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a very aggressive and virtually incurable form of brain tumour, in March 2015. Now we have Pippa's own artwork raising funds to help support research into this devastating disease. In addition, Pippa's tumour is helping researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and other laboratories worldwide in their search for a cure. To read more about Pippa's legacy, Please click here.

Yes! That's a cheque.
The last six months have seen CIKA member Ruth Edelsten and Focus member Lesley McKibbin run monthly stalls at the Trentham market. They have developed many friendships with other stallholders over the time and were recently presented with a cheque for $500 from the members of the Trentham CWA. The CWA members who are also stall attendees were inspired by the dedication of the CIKA team and appreciate the research that is undertaken at the RCH. CIKA is most grateful for this generous donation.

A full house was the order of the day when the CIKA committee along with Royal Children's Hospital and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute hosted the annual Lab Open Day. This event provided a great opportunity to share with our many CIKA friends the work that is undertaken by the researchers that we support and, as always, we were astounded by the leap forward not only in the diagnosis of cancer but the different ways that treatment is applied to this disease. Please click here for a full report and photographs.

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.

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 18 October 2017.

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.

Spring is always a very busy time for the Duyvestyn family. To find out why, please click here.

If you would like the chance to win a holiday for four in the Whitsundays, please click here.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group luncheon which took place on Wednesday 19 July lived up to the success of preceding events. It was very well attended with over fifty guests arriving by car and bus from Sunbury and the surrounding area. Morning tea was served on arrival at 10.30 and was followed raffle sales and a time for old friends to catch up and chat. The buffet luncheon was well up to the standard that guests have come to expect and was followed by the raffle draws. The event concluded at 2 p.m., and was much enjoyed by all. Thank you to all those Focus members involved in the oraganization this fundraiser. For more photographs, please click here.

The chilly April morning at the Trentham Market did not deter the many shoppers who attended. The children seen above love their beanies, jumpers and of course their beanie bears generously donated by Nola. If you are in the area on the last Sunday of the month why not drop in to say hello to the team at the Trentham Railway Station in Victoria Street, two of whom are shown below?

Cooking for Cash has been a fundraising initiative by small groups of girls at Methodist Ladies' College since 2006. Over the last eleven years the students have raised more than $12,000. This year CIKA and the RCH were 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.

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.

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 RCH Auxiliaries calendar for 2017 can be read 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

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.