Cooking for Cash

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Cooking for Cash - Cancer in Kids @ RCH - CIKA

CIKA has had a long relationship with Methodist Ladies' College in Kew, one that was started with the work of CIKA member and MLC staff member Colleen Clift in 2004. We have benefited from several fundraising activities of the students, in particular those in the year ten Melbourne Term Home Economics course. This initiative commenced its life as "Cooking for Cash" in 2006 but is now known as the "Young Entrepreneurs".

Meals cooked in the Home Economics Department are available for purchase by staff during term four and over fourteen 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.
Here is the 2011 team in action.

In 2012 Debbie and her girls bettered this with an amazing $1480.00.




Here is what two of the participants wrote about their experience.


"As part of Melbourne Term, MLC gave us the fantastic opportunity to participate in the ‘Cooking for Cash’ program. This program was a genuine idea that inspired not only us but also everyone who had heard, or perhaps read, about it. As well as enjoying and constantly learning new recipes and techniques, we also contributed to raising awareness of kids with cancer. We felt privileged and humbled to be a part of the program during which we made scrumptious foods in bulk to sell to the MLC staff in order to raise money for CIKA. Having the MLC staff contribute to such a cause also made us feel happy to be able to promote the idea that cooking could benefit everyone. The foods we cooked varied greatly, ranging from moist and delicate White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins to spicy Chicken Curry.

"Whenever we had these extra-long Home Economic classes, everyone in the class would be extremely excited, especially when they went for over half the day. While we were very busy, chopping, grating or baking, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were even able to do some taste-testing. However, the sense of achievement was probably the best feeling of all. Being able to raise $1480 for CIKA using our cooking abilities was very rewarding. CIKA is a very meaningful organisation, striving to abolish cancer in children. Supporting them and raising money for them was really something that we were proud of doing and we hope to continue this until we can smile and assure everyone that, 'Cancer in children can be 100% cured.'”


Jasmine Lau & Megan Hong (Melbourne Term 2012)

In 2013 they topped $1,500 and in 2014 their efforts produced $1534 for CIKA.
Here is the 2014 team.

By 2016, the amount raised by Cooking for Cash had passed the twelve thousand dollar mark.
In recognition of this, 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. You can see the photographs of this visit by clicking here.

The hospital visit was repeated in 2017 and is now an annual event. You can read about it by clicking here.

The CIKA team appreciates the long and generous fundraising that has been undertaken by the students at MLC, a result of the input and support of the staff at the school.

Read more about MLC's fund-raising efforts on behalf of CIKA by clicking here.