Celebrating community spirit

Celebrating community spirit

We take a look back at 2019 and celebrate the community spirit that raised awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, plus we take a peek at 2020 and how you can get involved.

Our fundraising community is a colourful crew ranging from corporates that care, to families who firmly believe science is the solution. We take a flying trip around the nation to round up of just a few #grateful moments we shared in 2019.

Students trek for a cure, Tasmania

In August 2019, a group of Year 10 students from Latrobe High School in Tasmania’s north took on the physically and psychologically challenging Overland Track and impressively covered 65km in 28 hours for kids with cancer.

“We had a student diagnosed with cancer,” said Aaron Humphrey, Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education Teacher. “The constant reminder of walking for others who cannot was inspiration for all of us.”

Read more: Kokoda for Kids 2020: You can join us on this historic trek

Lorraine Lea Party for Kids, Victoria and Nationally

Family-owned linen and homewares company Lorraine Lea partnered with The Kids’ Cancer Project for a second year to help fund home-grown childhood cancer research. Throughout June, hosts were supported to raise more than $112,000 to fund advances in medical research.

“Lorraine Lea established the Party for Kids with Cancer®  fund in honour of my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 1999,” said Peter Ryan, CEO. “We’re excited about this next chapter of our philanthropic efforts and look forward to funding innovative research through The Kids’ Cancer Project for many years to come.”

Sophie Kyprianou, NSW, shares her story

By the time she was 18 she had been diagnosed with cancer three times. This year, Sophie decided it was time to share her story on her terms and selflessly raised more than $14,000 in the process.

“Posting my story online to raise funds was one of the first times I've ever really shared exactly what's happened to me,” she said. “I wanted to raise funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project because I didn’t want pick a specific cancer – I wanted it to be of benefit to all children with cancer.”

Pedalling with purpose in the ACT

When Charlton Kent signed up to take on Fitz’s Challenge, Canberra’s toughest long-distance cycling event, he didn’t know he’d be a winner by choosing to raise funds for official charity partner, The Kids’ Cancer Project.

“I was very happy to be the No. 1 fundraiser for the event raising $1,800, which shows the kind and generous people I have in my life,” said Charlton. “On a personal level I far surpassed my goal and came eighth in the 210km event.

Superkids Superheros Scooter Challenge, WA

For the past three years, the Kane family and a bunch of super supporters ride motorised scooters 600 km from Bridgetown to Perth, raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. This year they raised more than $70,000.

Parents Kim and Simon Kane lost their son Declan to neuroblastoma on 18 May 2017. But they’ll be forever grateful for the precious extra months they were given when he was enrolled on a clinical trial.

“100 per cent of the funds raised go to The Kids’ Cancer Project," Kim said. "We chose this charity because of their dedication towards funding research for all childhood cancers."

Brews, Bites & Beats, Queensland

Brews, Bites & Beats celebrated its third year in 2019 and raised $7,500 for science. The event is brain child of Keeley Reid, family friend and honorary ‘aunty’ of eight-year-old cancer survivor Lara Allan.

“I wanted to do something that wouldn’t just benefit Lara, but which would help countless other children going through cancer,” she said. “I’ve found there are so many people who have been touched by it - it’s why it has been so easy for this event to grow.”

Macy’s Cut For Kids’ Cancer, SA

At 11-years of age, Macy decided she would lose her luscious locks to help kids with cancer. She set an ambitious fundraising goal of $1,500 and was super excited to receive more than $7,000 in donations!

“I have spent a lot of time in hospitals and seen a lot of sick kids,” she said. “I wanted to help out and I feel good about having my hair cut off.”

Her parents, Jo and Nathan, said they were super proud as not many children would voluntarily sign up to have their hair cut so drastically.

“We really want to thank everyone for their kindness,” Jo said. “We know times are tough and everyone has been very generous.”

Join us in 2020

Next year, The Kids' Cancer Project has a great line up of activities you can join in, but the they're we’re most excited about is Kokoda for Kids and you’re invited. In August, Col Reynolds OAM, Founder and Director of the charity will lace up his boots and hit the historic track.

The octogenarian takes inspiration from kids with cancer and will use this as motivation to do what no other man his age has done – take the epic trail on in both directions, back to back. Want to know more? Email corporate@tkcp.org.au. 

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