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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 2015 Bendigo Luncheon will be held on Tuesday September 29th at the Bendigo Stadium, 134 Marong Road, Bendigo, commencing at 10.30 for 11.00. For further details and to download a flyer for this event, please click here.

Lesley McKibbin, a stalwart member of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group, reports that the latest luncheon was a great success.

The thirty nine ladies present on Wednesday 20th May had a wonderful day at the Highlands Hotel in Craigieburn. Most started the day from Gisborne or Sunbury with a very enjoyable coach ride to the venue. On arrival they were greeted by the obliging staff with a lovely morning tea which was enjoyed by all. The raffle was conducted with lots of prizes and much laughter. Then came lunch. What a wonderful buffet!!!

A great day was had by all and the group raised $805. Leslie, on behalf of CIKA and the Focus Group, thanks everyone involved for their support and is planning another day out at Craigieburn, hopefully before Christmas, so watch this space for details.

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.

The annual Andy's market
was held in Main Street at the RCH on
the 26th of November with the CIKA
team, Pam Phillips, Lady Marmalade,
Geoff Grenwood, and helpers Lois and Anne who set out a full array of home made jams, aprons, frocks and an abundance of beautifully presented Christmas presents. This energetic crew started early in the morning and pulled
up stumps at 5pm. They were overwhelmed by the number of transactions and the success of the day. Well done.

The 2014 Wood Days have been and gone. This annual event is a tribute to the energy and resourcefulness of the Duyvestyn family and their many generous helpers and supporters including the four above who welcomed visitors as they arrived. One of the participants has written of her experiences at this year's event. To read it, or to view some photographs, please click 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.

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.

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 27 August 2015.

The CIKA committee has had wonderful support from the " Stitch and Giggle Group " at Cardinia Waters for many years; they are great advocates for CIKA and have not only raised a lot of money for us but have also donated product for our stalls. The wonderful clowns, made by Anne, are highly sort after and a quick sell when they arrive at our stalls.

When the opportunity arose to organise a raffle with the fantastic help from this amazing group, one member, Kevin Walsh put his hand up and donated a handmade wall decoration, the "Tree of Life " This beautifully made and framed artwork was inspired by the journey on which many children for cancer go, and was first prize in the raffle. Our thanks also to Janet Cox for the donation of a handcrafted quilt, to Pam Phillips for the highly sort after Mercedes scoot along car and to Michael Newby who generously donated another wishing well for was fouth prize.

A big thank you to all those who contributed to this great fundraiser. The amount raised was a stunning $ 4023.00 and the tickets were drawn at the RCH at a morning tea where the CIKA team was joined by members of the " Stitch and Giggle Group " It was fitting that first prize was won by a team member of the Children's Cancer Centre at the RCH.

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 Richard Johnson and his team in Lions Club District 201v2 for their support.

To read more,
please click here.

The CIKA monthly stalls at the RCH have had a massive revamp this year and the resulting sales reflect the work that CIKA team members have put into the purchasing, selection and display of goods. When asked why there has been such a lift in sales, Sala Rubinstein reflected on her many years in business and commented that she applied the
skills learnt there to her responsibility as stall manager. Sala has great help from long term CIKA members Faye and Leah along with Renate and Freda; the girls work together as a very effective team.

We are also supported in this monthly fundraiser with donations of knitted goods, quilts, caps and other products made by supporters throughout country Victoria.

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.

Thirty five members of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group met at the RCH on Saturday 14 March for a tour of the public spaces. CIKA has been the beneficiary of fundraising from this amazing group of women since 1989 and last Christmas the donations to us surged over the $100,000 mark; a fantastic amount from a group of women who meet socially.

The group was split into two and were accompanied by Steve and Sandra Lehrer and the wonderful Mary Macgowan. The tour leaders for the tour were the CEO from The RCH Foundation, Sue Hunt, and Laurel-Leigh Lawson from Auxiliaries. At the end of the tour the group enjoyed a light lunch in the new Foundation facilities and Sue Hunt delivered the thanks of The Foundation for the great contribution of this group to the RCH.

Please click here for some photographs.

The RCH Auxiliaries Office has published a list of important dates for 2015. They can be read 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.

A Christmas package from Euston. CIKA is proud to have many supporters in rural areas and we are fortunate to have a very dedicated friend in Janetta Sutton who lives in Euston. Janetta is very creative and has surprised us with packages of very different
product that is sold on the CIKA stalls.
I wanted to share with you the Christmas goodies that have just arrived in time for Andy's Market on Wednesday November 26. We are indebted to our many volunteers like Janetta who keep us supplied with product to sell. Thank you.

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.

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.

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

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 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

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.

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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.