MLC 2016 hospital visit

CIKA is committed to providing funding for research into solid tumours

MLC 2016 hospital visit - Cancer in Kids @ RCH - CIKA

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 $1,201.80 was raised, and 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.

The visitors are seen here in the Hospital foyer on November 24 with (left to right) RCH Auxiliaries Manager Michelle Rule,
CIKA members Ruth Edelsten and Julie Casilli, Tumour Bank Coordinator Louise Ludlow and teacher Debbie Hudson.

The visit included a tour of the laboratories where Louise described the work that she is coordinating ...

...and answered questions.

Thank you certificates were distributed at the end of the visit.

We are so greateful for the support given by the school and its students over the years.

"Cooking for Cash" is an annual initiative of a group of year nine students at MLC in Kew. Every year since 2006 small groups of students have 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 eleven 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. 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)

Here is the 2011 team in action



Read more about MLC's fund-raising efforts by clicking here.