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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

Don't forget Pam Phillips' market stall at the Pines Shopping Centre, 181 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East, on Thursday 8 December.

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.

Congratulations to Andrew and Christine Duyvestyn for another wonderful Wood Days weekend. There is an army of people that arrives a week beforehand to assist with the setting up. Another big group arrives on the Friday and it feels like we are in the midst of a small rural community.

Planning for this event starts many months in advance and those who have attended can appreciate the level of preparation that is required. 164 visitors and helpers enjoyed dinner on the Saturday night which is a tribute to the Duvestyn familiy's organisational skills. You can see some photographs and a brief description of the event
by clicking here.

With the weekend now behind them they are planning their next CIKA fundraiser with a Wood Days Gala in Hamilton on Saturday May 20.

The 2016 Bendigo Cup Luncheon took place on Tuesday 6th September with a sell-out crowd of 156 attendees. It was, as usual, great fun with a fashion parade, stalls, door prizes and raffles as well as the newly-introduced "wear a fancy hat" competition.

A big thank you to Ruth and Sala and their team for the hard work that they put in to the organization of this event which raised $4,500.
Please click here for more.

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.

Naturally Cool Big Band supported CIKA with a performance in 2014. The Band repeated its 2014 success with a second concert at the Sunbury Bowling Club on Sunday 20 August. CIKA vice president Ellen Webb spoke at the event and all who attended had a good time.

The raffle and guessing competition raised $795 for CIKA.

The CIKA book stall at the RCH sold 666 books on August 3, so it can only be imagined how busy the volunteers must have been. Our thanks to Sala, Leah, Renate, Ruth and Lesley for their hard work. Well done everyone.

The CIKA dinner dance which took place at QPO in Kew on 23rd of July was our celebration of thirty six years of fundraising for The Royal Children’s Hospital. It was a great evening of fellowship and dancing with a silent auction, a raffle and a magician. A total of $16,331 was raised thanks to the efforts of the tireless CIKA team and a generous donation from The Woodpeckers. For more details and some photographs, please click here.

Many thanks to Phillip Johnson, Immediate Past District Governor of Lions District 201v2, who, along with his wife Anne, recently visited the RCH and MCRI to attend a thank-you afternoon tea in recognition of the donation of over $34,000 raised by the district. Also present were district members Andrew and Christine Duyvestyn who are amongst CIKA's most loyal and generous supporters. The donation enabled CIKA to purchase a freezer and a light cycler machine to support the research activities of the hospital.

Cards for CIKA
The CIKA team has enjoyed a relationship with the Department of Justice South East Metropolitan Region for many years during which we have enjoyed the results of their programmes. These provide a great opportunity for offenders on works orders to be involved in projects that help others, and this year CIKA was the beneficiary of their card making programme. We were inspired by Tracey, a graduate of the programme, who addressed the many volunteer groups that attended the function where she gave an emotional and articulate description of her journey; her honesty is to be admired. Sala and Renate represented CIKA and Sala addressed the gathered groups, discussed the work we do and thanked the women for the beautiful array of cards that have been made for us to sell. Click here for another photograph.

Bendigo Bank and The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation have formed a unique partnership. Bendigo Bank understands that banking is about more than just money. It's about the good that money can bring. Like their partnership with the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, providing a range of products that generates ongoing funds directly to the hospital.

Aggie Poliafico is the Bendigo Bank Relationship Banker and she has already shown great support to CIKA, most recently attending the Bendigo luncheon (see article below) – and helping out as the raffle announcer!! With more than 20 years' experience in banking, Aggie Poliafico can help you achieve your financial goals with the right advice and products. To make an appointment to discuss your banking needs contact Aggie Poliafico 8643 4017 or mobile 0402 138 723 or email

It's a simple way of supporting the hospital while, at the same time, doing your everyday banking.

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.

Click here to read about MLC's other fundraising effort for CIKA.

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 8 December 2016.

For a brief description of this year's highly successful Wood Days, please click here.

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.

Have you cheked out the CIKA Facebook page? You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/CIKA.RCH/

The next Macedon Ranges Focus Group luncheon will take place on Friday 9 December at the Gisborne Golf Club. The cost is $30.00 per head. For more details, please contact CIKA President, Sandra Lehrer on
0409 369 853 or by email to

The CIKA committe was proud to welcome Denise Caruso to its agm on Monday 21 November. Denise is Executive Officer of the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group which was established to improve outcomes for sarcoma patients and their families. Because sarcomas are rare, it is difficult
to obtain funding for their study. Outcomes are usually poor and there is a need for multi-disciplinary care, clinical trials and doctor education which is what the ASSG is working on.

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.

Click here for another photograph
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.

Another very successful stall was orgainsed by Pam Phillips, one of CIKA's most energetic members, at The Pines shopping centre on Maundy Thursday. You can read all about it and see some photographs by clicking here.

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.

The RCH Auxiliaries calendar for 2016 can be read by clicking here.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group are our longest standing supporters and they have to be one of the most active and happiest bunch of women on the planet. Age, aches and health challenges do not get in the way of this group fundraising for CIKA and at the 2015 Christmas lunch we were presented with a cheque for $9000.00. We are very appreciative of all the events that they hold throughout the year and are overwhelmed by the ongoing support that they give to CIKA.

Once again we were presented with a very generous cheque from Andy and Gwen Kakafikas (TBS Australia ) at the Luncheon. Gwen said that she and Andy were glad to be able to support CIKA and we would like to thank them again for their generous donations over many years.

Please click here for another photograph and details of their previous 2015 lunches.

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.

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.

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.