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CIKA Supporters

CIKA is indebted to our many supporters who give so generously. Large and small donations of time, money or goods and services are important in reaching our fundraising goals.

On this page we showcase some of the fundraising work done by individuals and groups who support CIKA.



Airservices Australia
Throughout June 2014 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.




Angela and her birthday guests
Sala Rubinstein (right), who has been a CIKA committee member for some years, was delighted when her best friend, Angela, announced that no one was to bring presents to her sixtieth birthday party to be held in a restaurant in Hampton, but that they were to donate to CIKA. In addition, there were some games, a lucky chair and a silent auction for a dinner for six at which Sala will be the maid for the night. Everyone enjoyed the fun night and Angela and Sala were thrilled by the generosity of the guests. A total of $775 was raised for CIKA and six lucky people have another dinner to look forward to.

Thank you Angela and Sala.


Audrey and Carol
Mother and daughter, Audrey and Carol, live together and have been knitting and crocheting for charity for almost their entire lifetimes. Audrey who is 86 years old started knitting scarves and beanies for soldiers in WW2. Carol was inspired by her Mum and remembers knitting her first jumper when she was in grade 4 (at about nine years old) and has been knitting and crocheting ever since.

Carol works full time and takes her crocheting with her each day, to work on during her lunch break. Then in the evenings whilst sitting in front of the television together, they knit and crochet away, creating exquisite baby clothes, toddlers’ jumpers and cardigans, and baby rugs and shawls. Many of these items have ended up on the CIKA stall at the RCH, raising money for research and equipment.

As well as the pleasure that they gain by making this wonderful contribution, their tireless and continuous efforts over the years are much appreciated by all. We are sure the recipients of any of their beautifully crafted garments are also pleased to have received them. Thank you Audrey and Carol.




Barb and Andrew Rosza
Barb and Andrew Rosza and their friends at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron have been supporting CIKA since 2012. Their first event was the sellout Sorrento Soirée which you can read about by clicking here.

In February 2016, they were joined by sixteen Sailability volunteers and their partners on ther third annual CIKA fundraising cruise to Queenscliff, sailing on two yachts, Amalie and Ameerah. They were blessed with blue skies and fair winds as they sailed across the Bay to Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club where a BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all. The cruise raised $800 for CIKA and barbara reports that she and Andrew always get great joy out of putting this event together. Thank you both.



Bessiebelle Quilters
During a visit by CIKA to the Macarthur and District Lions Club early in 2011, Glenys Sharrock of the Bessiebelle Quilters introduced herself to CIKA President, Sandra Lehrer, offering to donate quilts to be used in CIKA raffles. A subsequent meeting at the 2011 Old Time Wood Days provided an opportuinty to learn more about the Bessiebelle Quilters which was formed in 1991 after a group of local women had been meeting informally for some years and had been learning their craft from a local identity.

Once the group started meeting regularly they concentrated on perfecting their patchwork skills and when they were confident in their technique they made contact with Jacqui Malseed at The Royal Children’s Hospital who encouraged the group to make quilts for children who were recovering from cancer treatment at home.

The group has made many quilts to raise funds for charities. Amongst those are
Make A Wish, Warrnambool Palliative Care and Peter's Project, a local initiative that will
see a cancer centre established in
Warrnambool. Naturally, this is a project very
dear to their heart.

From time to time members of the quilters move on and prior to their move the group produces a combined effort on a special quilt that reflects the time spent and the friendships made within the group.

The Bessiebelle Quilters.


Left to Right: Jan Petersen, Cheryl Hill, Heather Rowbottom, Diane Cowland, Carmel Jasper, Gail Down, Glenys Sharrock and Sandra Boshma.




Bev and David Jenkins
are unsung heroes who presented CIKA with a cheque for five thousand dollars in 2013 and again in 2014. We thank them most sincerely for their generosity.


Bev Garratt and the South East Metropolitan Region Community Work Team
Beverley Garratt has, for many years, been a passionate advocate for the work we do. She approached us in early 2012 with a unique fundraising idea which raised money for CIKA and resulted in the South East Metropolitan Region Community Work Team being awarded second palce in the 2013 Corrections Victoria Community Work Partnership Awards. To read more, please click here.

2015 saw another great fundraising initiative from the team. You can read about it by clicking here.




On 14 October of that year, a group from CIKA attended an afternoon tea to celebrate our ongoing relationship with the Department of Justice, South East Metropolitan Region. Seen here, left to right, are Danka (SEMR), Sandra, Faye (CIKA), Bev (SEMR), Renata and Faye (CIKA). The event provided Sandra with the opportunity to thank Bev for the longstanding working partnership between the two groups.



At the end of July 2016 Bev Garratt and her team visited the RCH for a chat, morning tea and a ground tour. It was great to have a conversation with the women in the programme and to hear how they feel about the involvement with CIKA. Many thanks for the hospitality that Michelle and Lucia provided for our guests and to Ellen for her presentation and Julie for her involvement.


Christine and Andrew Duyvestyn
As well as being real power houses when it comes to CIKA, Christine and Andrew Duyvestyn have, for many years, been involved with a broad range of volunteer works throughout their local area. In recognition of this of this community involvement they were 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 at right.) 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.


Among the many activities that Christine and Andrew have organised to support CIKA are the CIKA Coach Drive and the annual Old Time Wood Days. You can read about them by clicking on the links above.

Dymitha at the Marong General Store
Dymitha has a 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 here. 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.





Emily Graham
Emily has been fundraising for CIKA since 2010. She is seen here receiving a certificate of appreciation from CIKA president, Sandra Lehrer. In 2014, while working her gap year at the family store in Nhill, she set aside an area for the sale of donated product for us. We congratulate Emily on her fundraising efforts and look forward to her continued support while she continues her studies in Melbourne. Thank you Emily, it is wonderful people like you who help to make a difference.




ExxonMobil and Scott Duyvestyn

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ExxonMobil recognised the work of their employee, Scott Duyvestyn, by donating $1,000 to support our research funding effort. Scott has been an enthusiastic supporter of CIKA for many years but his greatest involvement is with the “Old Time Wood Days” that are held in Milltown in November each year. The photograph at left shows Scott in action in Milltown.

We thank Scott for considering CIKA in his application for the 2014 ExxonMobil Australia Volunteer Involvement Program. He applied again in 2017 and was, once again, successful. We are most grateful to ExxonMobil for the recognition that they give their employees who volunteer in the community.


Finn Grant
Finn Grant and his family built this beautiful miniature coach as a billy cart. It is a replica of the coach that was driven from Port fairy to Melbourne to raise money for CIKA in August 2013. It was entered in the Port Fairy New Years Eve parade and won the prize for recycling. After the parade Finn raised $70 by allowing people to take photos of their children on it. A great effort.




Herb Gallina
Herb Gallina raised over three thousand dollars by asking guests at his Blue and White 50th birthday party for donations for CIKA instead of gifts. His generous friends gave a total of $3,260. What a fantastic effort.


Janetta Sutton
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.
Here is a photograph of the Christmas goodies that have just arrived in time for Andy's Market in iNovember 2014. We are indebted to our many volunteers like Janetta who keep us supplied with product to sell. Thank you.




Kay Rawlinson
Kay Rawlinson has contributed a multitude of goods for sal by CIKA as part of our fundraising effort.
Please click here to read more about Kay.




Macarthur and District Lions Club

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.

In 2011, members of the Macarthur and District Lions Club in Victoria's Western District presented CIKA with a cheque for $500 to help fund research in the Children's Cancer Centre (photo below).

In 2013, this district supported the entire journey of the
CIKA Coach Drive with the provision of meals and donations.

In 2014, under the care of District Governor Phillip Johnson, club members worked hard to fund the provision of a
Lightcycler 480 Real Time PCR.

In 2015, as Immediate Past District Governor, Phillip Johnson, and his wife Anne, attended the CIKA Lab Day to hand over a cheque for $32,000 for the purchase of the Lightcycler.

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 at funding research into childhood cancer. We also appreciate his attendance at numerous CIKA functions over the years.

In 2016, as Immediate Past District Governor, Phillip Johnson, and his wife Anne, 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.

Click here to read more.



Macedon Ranges Focus Group
The Macedon Ranges Focus Group annual
Christmas luncheon is always a wonderful event which sees CIKA overwhelmed with the donations. We are so fortunate to have such great support from this magnificent group of people.


Their 2009 donation helped to support the purchase of much-needed research equipment.
Click here to read more.

In 2010 Group members participated in the Robe-to-Bendigo bike ride which raised $3,259.50.
For more click here.

In addition to this, the Group presented CIKA with
a cheque for $5,000 and Vice President Gwen Kakafikas personally donated a further $1,000.

Click here for some photographs of the 2010 Christmas luncheon and presentation.

The June 2011 Focus luncheon gave over 90 guests the opportunity to hear CIKA Patron Peter Mitchell talk about his work in the media. Thank you to those that made the effort to attend. We were well rewarded with an interesting speech and great fellowship. Click here to see some pictures of the event.

2011 bike ride

Chris Rhodes and friends

2010 Christmas luncheon


June 2011 luncheon









The 2011 Warrnambool-to-Ballarat bike ride, completed on 24th November, raised $7,300. The riders are seen here taking a well-deserved rest at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. For a full report and some photographs, click here.





Their Christmas lunch has long been a popular event and a great fund-raiser for CIKA. Group President, Chris Rhodes, is seen here with the Santas that she knitted to raise money for the annual donation. The 2011 lunch took place on Friday 9th December. Click here for details and photographs.


Two more luncheons held at the Crown Casino during 2012 raised over $2,000. For details and picures, click here.


On Sunday 20th May 2012 a group of riding friends met in Shepparton to have some fun and to raise awareness of CIKA. After booking into the Courtyard Motor Inn in Wyndham St, the group went for an enjoyable ride around the local bike paths. The following day found them on their way to Dookie where they were joined by a Shepparton friend for the return trip.

On Tuesday the group was further augmented by two locals for a ride to Tatura via Toolamba. Along the way the riders were met by a reporter from the Shepparton News which resulted in an interesting article appearing in the Wednesday edition.
This can be read by clicking here.

On Wednesday the bikes were taken by car to Murchison for a ride to Nagambie for lunch. The return trip was made a little more challenging by a strong head wind, but the riders pedalled on undeterred.

As well as having a lot of fun, the riders raised awareness of CIKA and its mission, which, for them, was the most important part of the activity. In addition to this, they raised $540.00. In the words of rider Lesley McKibbin, "It is very rewarding when people come up to you in the street to give you a donation". They hope to undertake another fund-raising ride later in the year.

The group would like to thank the owners of the
Courtyard Motor Inn for their generosity and for looking after them all so well.

CIKA says big thank you to all who took part. What a wonderful group you are.



For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2012 fund-raising luncheons, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2013 fund-raising luncheons, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2014 fund-raising luncheons, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2015 fund-raising luncheons, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2015 visit to the RCH, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2016 events, please click here.


For details of the Macedon Ranges Focus Group's 2017 events, please click here.


Mahala Stickland
In November 2016 we received an email from Nicole, the mother of Nathan, a patient at the R.C.H., on a drug trial supported by CIKA. Nathan’s sister, Mahala, wanted to show her appreciation for the support received by the family and organized a fundraiser with the goal of raising a thousand dollars, and then to have her very long and beautiful hair cut short. In the event, she raised more than double this amount. Here she is handing over her donation to CIKA President, Sandra Lehrer while RCH Auxiliaries Manager, Michelle Rule, holds her certificate of appreciation. Please click here to read Mahala’s Story.



Margaret Greenwood


Margaret Greenwood and her late husband Geoff have supported CIKA for many years. Margaret is known as the "Jam Lady" and has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the RCH through the sale of her homemade jams, sauces and aprons. In fact, she has now passed the $150,000 mark.

Margaret has shown great dedication and is a welcome sight when she sets up her stand at the RCH. Thank you, Margaret, for being part of the CIKA team.


Methodist Ladies' College, Kew Year 7 "Build a Basket"
The year seven "Build a Basket" programme has provided hundreds of items for the silent auction at the annual CIKA ball over the past few years, raising over thirty thousand dollars between 2005 and 2013. Here are three photographs of the 2014 students and parents in full swing. The result of their efforts was another two thousand dollars for the fight against childhood cancer.





Methodist Ladies' College, Kew Year 9 "Cooking for Cash"



"Cooking for Cash " is an annual initiative of a group of year nine students at Methodist Ladies' College in Kew. Every year since 2006 a small group of students has elected to raise money for CIKA by creating a small catering business. Meals that they cook in the Home Economics Department are available for purchase by staff during term four and over six thousand dollars has been raised through their efforts to date. In 2011, inspired by their teacher Debbie Hudson, the girls raised a record $1,393.90, but Debbie and her girls bettered this in 2012 with an amazing $1480.00. In 2013 they topped $1,500 and in 2014 their efforts produced $1534 for CIKA.

Click here to read what two of the 2012 participants wrote about their experience.



Melbourne High School, South Yarra
The Simon Bergman Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to an outstanding student at Melbourne High School. Simon was a student at the school in 1996 when he succumbed to Hodgkins’ lymphoma.

The scholarship is funded by Simon's parents, Fred and Leah who presented it to this year's winner, Tony He at the year nine final assembly at the school on 5 December 2012. CIKA was also represented by president, Sandra Lehrer, and Ellie Pateras from the RCH Foundation.

In earlier discussions with Fred Bergman, the School expressed an interest in supporting CIKA in its efforts to eliminate childhood cancer. The first fundraiser, a free dress day held in late November, raised $1,338.98 which was presented to the CIKA team at the assembly.

CIKA is most grateful to the school for their efforts on our behalf, and a big thank you to Fred and Leah for including CIKA and the RCH in such an important day.



Sandra, Fred, Tony and Ellie

Tony with his mother (far left),
Leah, Fred and their grandson, Kovi.


The Naturally Cool Big Band

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 2014. Special thanks must go to the band for donating their services and choosing CIKA to be the recipient of moneys raised on the day. For more, please click here.
The Band repeated its 2014 success with a second concert at the Sunbury Bowling Club on Sunday 20 August 2016. 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.


O'Heas Bakery


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 sixtieth birthday celebrations in December 2016 raised over $2,200 for CIKA. Their baked goods and large array of continental foods are legendary. Call in at 203 O'Hea St, Coburg.




Rod's Fruit and Veg
The Old Time Wood Days is one of CIKA's most important fundraising events and we are extremely grateful to the many individuals and organisations who regularly support this activity. Amongst these are Rod and his son Scott (left) have been very generous sponsors of CIKA for many years. In particular, their donation of fruit and vegetables helps us to feed the 130 or so people at the very popular Wood Days' Saturday night dinner, something which is eagerly anticipated by our hungry participants. We urge all our supporters to visit them at Stand 40 in the South Melbourne Market.


The 106th Byaduk and Community Spring Show
The 106th Byaduk and Community Spring Show, held on November 3 2012, was a family fun day with activities and competitions for all – flowers, produce, arts, crafts, stalls, children’s activities and afternoon tea.

As well as being a great success for the local community, it also raised $1,500 for CIKA.


Click here for photographs.




The Stitch and Giggle Group at Cardinia Waters Village
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, joined CIKA's fundraising team in May 2014. To read more, please click here.

Members of the "Stitch and Giggle Group" 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 sought 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 up his hand 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 with 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 sought after Mercedes scoot-along car and to Michael Newby who generously donated another wishing well as fourth prize.

A big thank you to all those who contributed to this great fundraiser. The amount raised was a stunning $4023 and the tickets were drawn at the RCH at a morning tea where the CIKA team was joined by members of thegroup. It was fitting that first prize was won by a team member of the Children's Cancer Centre at the RCH.