Past events

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This page highlights some of the events that CIKA's volunteers have organised during the last few years. We are very proud of our contribution to funding research at the Royal Children's Hospital and extremely grateful to the many indivduals and organisations that have helped to make this possible.


2008 Events

The 2008 ball, held on Saturday 16th August, raised $92,300. A report can be found by clicking here.

The 2008 Wood days, which raised $16,000, took place on 15th and 16th November. Some pictures can be found by clicking here.



2009 Events

The 2009 Pooches in the Park Dog Show was once again held at the Flemington Neighbourhood House on Sunday 22nd March. It raised $2,824. Click here for more.

The 2009 Lab Day, held at the RCH on Sunday 31st May, provided an opportunity for our supporters to see for themselves the work that CIKA is funding thanks to their generosity. A short report appears in the July 2009 CIKA newsletter or click here for some photographs and a brief summary.

The 2009 Blue and Orange Ball was a great success thanks to the enormous amount of work put in by Cika President, Sandra Lehrer, and Vice president, Ellen Webb. Thank you Sandra and Ellen; you are awesome. A report and pictures can be seen by clicking here.

The first ever CIKA Art and Craft Show was held on Sunday 8 November at the Farnham Street Neighborhood Learning Centre, with ten stalls and a wide variety of merchandise. A report and pictures can be seen by clicking here.

The 2009 Wood Days raised $17,500, the best result ever. A report and pictures can be seen by clicking here.


2010 Events

The 2010 Pooches in the Park Dog Show took place at the Flemington Primary School on Sunday 21st March. Click here for more.

The 2010 Blue and Orange Ball was the most successful yet. Thanks to an amazing effort by so many people, CIKA raised over $200,000 for research at the RCH. Well done everyone. For more click here.

The 2010 Wood Days were as successful as ever despite the threat of rain. Over three hundred people enjoyed this weekend of fun and fundraising. Click here for more.

Cycling Robe to Bendigo - November 2010. The Macedon Ranges Focus Group 550 km Robe-to-Bendigo bike ride raised over $2,000 and publicised the research funded by CIKA at the Royal Children's Hospital. For more click here.

Our first ever Market Night held on Friday 26 November was an overwhelming success, raising over $5,500.00 for research into childhood cancer. Click here for photographs and a report.

The Fun Day Charity Auction organised by Bev Garratt took place on Sunday 5 December and raised $5,537.25. Click here for photographs.


2011 Events

The Macarthur and District Lions Club heard a presentation from CIKA on the evening of January 26. They talked about funding research for children's cancer, after which they were presented with a cheque for $500. For more details and some pictures, please click here.

The Donvale Neighbourhood Charity Auction organised by Jenny Tselepi took place on Sunday 27 February and raised over $5,000. Click here for a report and photographs.

The 2011 Lab Day took place on Sunday June 19th. As has become the custom, it provided CIKA supporters with a glimpse of the research being undertaken by Denise Caruso and her team with the help of funding provided by their generosity. Click for a brief summary.

The 2011 Blue and Orange Ball proved once again that CIKA has a wonderful and generous band of supporters. Held at The Sebel Albert Park, it raised $107,000 on the night. Click here for more.

The sixteenth Old Time Wood Days, held on 12th and 13th November was, as always, a great event. The ever-popular calendar sold out even earlier than in previous years, raising $10,000 for CIKA while the two-day event delivered another $15,000. Click here for more.

Our second Christmas Market Night was held on Friday 18 November and surpassed the 2010 event by raising $7,484.45. Click here for more.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group bike ride was repeated in 2011 when the riders raised $7,300 while travelling from Warrnambool to Ballarat between November 19 and 24. For a full report and some photographs, click here.


2012 Events

The second Donvale Neighbourhood Charity Auction was held on Sunday 26 February and again raised over $5,000 for CIKA. Click here for a report and photographs.

The Macedon Ranges Focus Group bike riders were in the Shepparton district in May, riding to raise money for CIKA. A brief report can be found on the CIKA supporters' page by clicking here.

The 2012 Ball broke new ground with the theme "A Night in Monte Carlo". Click here for more.

The seventeenth Old Time Wood Days, held on 10th and 11th November raised around $25,000. Click here for more.

The 2012 Christmas Market Night, held on 16 November raised $8373.35, even better than the year before. Click here for more.

The first ever Sorrento Soirée took place on 17 November and was a sellout almost as soon as it was advertised. Click here for more.

CIKA's fund-raising efforts for 2012 yielded $243,927. This is an amazing result for a group consisting of volunteers and puts us at the top of the many dedicated teams that help the Royal Children's Hospital ease the suffering of sick children. It could not have been achieved without the effort put in by so many wonderful people who organise events, donate goods and services, and work quietly in the background. We are so grateful to all of you and to our sponsors and supporters across the state.


2013 Events

The CIKA Coach Drive from Port Fairy in Western Victoria to the Royal Children's Hospital in North Melbourne, a distance of around 300 km, took eleven days from April 10 to April 20 and raised $71,695.10. It took a huge amount of planning and involved hundreds of people along the way. Click here for a report and photographs.

The 2013 Ball had a carnival atmosphere with sideshows, a fortune teller and more. Click here for a report.

The eighteenth Old Time Wood Days took place on 9th and 10th November. For a report and some photographs, please click here.


2014 Events

The 2014 Lab Day took place on Sunday March 30th when CIKA members and supporters had the opportunity to see the new laboratories at the Murdoch Children's Research Centre at the RCH and to talk with the dedicated team of researchers who are working so hard to improve the outcome for children diagnosed with solid tumours. Click for some photographs.

The 2014 Ball "We are the World" was held at The Pullman Albert Park in mid August. You can learn more by clicking here.

The nineteenth Old Time Wood Days took place on 8th and 9th November. For a report and some photographs, please click here.


2015 Events

CIKA vice president, Ellen Webb, was asked to speak at the annual general meeting of the RCH Combined Auxiliaries on Saturday 5 July. Her topic was the involvement that CIKA has with the hospital. Ellen's speeches are always very powerful. You can read what she said on this occasion by clicking here.

The 2015 Lab Day, held on Sunday 19 July, provided a wonderful opportunity for CIKA's friends and supporters to see, at first hand, the work being done at the RCH and the MCRI, and supported by CIKA thanks to the generosity of so many tireless fundraisers. Click for more.

2015 was the twentieth year in which the very popular Old Time Wood Days took place in Milltown in the Western District of Victoria. For a report and some photographs, please click here.

The 2015 Film Night was the first in what we hope will be contiuing series. Attendees were treated to a screening of the Jamed Bond film Spectre and delicious pre-film snacks and a drink. For more details, please click here.


2016 Events

CIKA celebrated thirty six years of fundraising to support research into finding a cure for childhood cancer by running a dinner dance for our members and supporters. You can read about it by clicking here.

The 2016 Lab Day, hosted by the CIKA committee, the Royal Children's Hospital and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, took place on Sunday 8th October when a full house was the order of the day. To learn more, please click here.

The 2016 Old Time Wood Days took place on 12th and 13th November. For a report and some photographs, please click here.


2017 Events

Old friends and new came together for the CIKA Kooyong Luncheon on Monday 27 March. You can find out more by clicking here.