CIKA's History and Aims

CIKA is committed to providing funding for research into solid tumours

CIKA's History and Aims - Cancer in Kids @ RCH - CIKA


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.

CIKA is an official auxiliary of the Royal Children's Hospital and is open to any interested persons who feel that they would like to contribute to help CIKA achieve its hopes and dreams.

The CIKA logo is in memory of the children from the three founding families. One child liked birds, particularly seagulls, one child liked butterflies and the third child liked flowers, especially nasturtiums.

May the three children rest in peace.


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.

CIKA is committed to providing funding for research into solid tumours, the most common group of childhood cancers. Solid tumours include Wilms' tumour, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma.

Apart from the influence of genetic factors, inherited conditions and exposure to ionising radiation, little is known of the cause(s) of childhood cancers and nothing can be done to prevent them. Therefore, the need to continue the financial support of research into childhood cancer is imperative.

The hopes and dreams of CIKA are to stop children from ever contracting these types of cancer, but if they do, to ensure that the treatment they receive will be successful. At present the only way to move positively towards these ideals is through research.

CIKA has actively supported research projects at RCH with financial assistance since its inception, and will continue to do so until these types of cancer are cured.

CIKA is recognised as one of the foremost fundraising auxiliaries of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

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.