Macedon Ranges 2013 Luncheons

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Macedon Ranges 2013 Luncheons - Cancer in Kids @ RCH - CIKA

13 December 2013

Tradition is a wonderful word and it exemplifies the Focus Christmas Lunch that is held the second week of December, ending the year for the group, giving members the opportunity to reminisce and, with great pride, to present the result of their fundraising throughout the year.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group was initially formed as a social group with the support of charities being a side bar of their meetings. It was felt that, after personal involvement with two families whose children had battled cancer, their energies could be directed towards cancer research and so began their support of CIKA in the late 1990's. Raffles are conducted at each monthly get together, a huge trading table heralds the advance of spring and Focus member Lesley McKibbin with her boundless energy organises her 'Crown Lunches'. The result of all this work is a wonderful Christmas cheque for the CIKA research fund.

This year we were overwhelmed by the amount: $9,000.00! This was such a surprise and reflects the kindness and generosity of this wonderful group of supporters.



Once again former Focus president Gwen Kakafikas and her husband Andy presented a cheque for $1000.00 on behalf of their company TBS Australia. Gwen and Andy have been long time supporters of our work and we appreciate the continued recognition they give to CIKA.

Bronwyn Judge who was formerly a member of Focus has made her home in Bermagui but loves to get back to Victoria to celebrate Christmas with her Focus friends and on behalf of her family presented a personal cheque to CIKA.

These women reflect community kindness and care. As CIKA president, Sandra Lehrer said in my speech, it is much more than the money that they donate to CIKA; it's the passion they have for the research we fund and for the constant support that they give us.

On behalf of all the CIKA committee and all of the CIKA families, our thanks and best wishes for Christmas.


















Cheque presentations by Gwen (left) and Bronwyn (right).





13 November 2013

The second Macedon Ranges Focus Group lunch for 2013

Undeterred by Melbourne's unseasonably cold weather, a very determined group of women gathered at the Crown Casino to enjoy a lovely lunch and to raise money for CIKA. This was the second of the twice-yearly Crown luncheons organised by Lesley McKibbin, an avid cyclist, member of Focus and a terrific supporter of CIKA.

As with most of their previous events, this was a sellout with seventy guests coming by train and bus from country Victoria. Lesley, as always, was on the hop selling RCH shopping bags and was delighted to announce that Focus member Di Peters (seen here with Donna Oehms) was the winner of the door prize.


A surprised Elaine Gregory was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Royal Children's Hospital by CIKA members Bernie Dawson (left) and Sandra Lehrer (right).

Elaine was a founding member of FOCUS and was instrumental in the establishment of CIKA as the recipient of all fundraising by the Macedon Ranges Focus Group. Elaine has served on the executive for many years including a stint as treasurer. She has decided to slow down a bit with the work load but remains a very active member of Focus.




We acknowledge the great support that Elaine has given to CIKA and wish her well for the future.

Lesley was thrilled that the event raised $1143.00 for CIKA and our special thanks go to her for all the work that she does for us. We are also grateful to everyone who braved the weather in order to attend.


24 September 2013

Bendigo Cup-day Lunch

The inaugural Bendigo Cup Luncheon took place at the All Seasons Hotel in Strathdale on
Tuesday September 24th 2013.


The event was a sellout and attracted guests from Melbourne, Sunbury, Macedon and Bendigo. The organizer of the fund raiser, local woman Ruth Edelsten, said that when she first put forward the idea for the lunch she had hoped for about forty guests but was overwhelmed at the response and had to close bookings at 100.

Guests heard from the mother of Abigail Pickrill (seen here with Ruth Edelsten) who is currently receiving treatment for cancer at the RCH. She is doing well but her mum detailed the journey and pressure that the family is trying to manage.

Ellen Webb, Vice president of CIKA, discussed the new research that CIKA is currently funding after which proceedings was handed over to CIKA committee member Sala Rubinstein who hosted the hat parade. This part of the event was terrific fun and CIKA is most grateful tonks to Ali from the Bendigo Hat Shop and to all the volunteers who modelled the hats.

We are also most grateful to the following who were most generous with donations for the raffle:


The event raised over $1500.00 and with that comes the promise of another lunch in Bendigo next year.

The event was written up in the Bendigo Advertiser and the article can be found
by clicking here.


Sala Rubinstein takes charge of the hat parade.

Getting ready for the parade.

Sorting the raffle tickets.


March 27 2013

The first Macedon Ranges Bike Riders lunch for 2013 took place at King’s Kitchen, Crown Casino at 11.15 on 27 March. Everyone present rated it a great success and, as well as providing an opportunity for laughter and companionship, it got the Group off to a flying start in its fundraising activities for CIKA by raising over $800 to support research into childhood solid tumour cancers


Plenty of time for laughter ...

... and conversation.

Ruth Edelsten displays the winning raffle ticket ...

... and here is the lucky winner.