In recognition of World Childhood Cancer Day, on February 15, Lions Clubs from across the country will be aiming to break a fundraising world record.
Throughout February, members from Charmhaven, Chittaway Bay, Gorokan-Kanwal, Gwandalan, Killarney Bateau Bay, Munmorah-Summerland Point, The Entrance, Toukley and Wyong Lions Clubs will be collecting donations for the Australian Lions Children’s Cancer Research Fund (ALCCRF), as well as holding various fundraising events, such as barbecues, across the former Wyong LGA.
Residents are being encouraged to get behind the fundraiser in recognition of World Childhood Cancer Day, with local schools being asked to conduct a Coin Line to coincide with the day.
Businesses, community groups and governments have also been asked to take part.
“This fundraiser is for our children and affects all Australians.
“Every dollar donated will go towards funding vital research, but before it does, it will be used to raise awareness of Australian Lion’s Childhood Cancer Research Foundation,” said Keith Stewart, District Governor of Central Coast and Hunter Valley Lions.
“All funds raised in any denomination will be converted by Lions to 5 cent pieces.
The coins will be laid on the athletic track of the Hunter Sports Centre, Lake Macquarie, on March16, while attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Coin Line record,” Stewart explained.
“Each year far too many lives are affected by childhood cancer.
“In Australia, over 950 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year, and nearly three young lives are lost each week.
“Many of these cancers are aggressive and hard to treat,” he said.
“Although survival rates have improved greatly for some, most cancers take a heavy toll on young people’s lives, and often, the side effects of treatment can be serious and lifelong,” adds, Kate Moore, ALCCRF District Chair.
“Australian Lion’s Childhood Cancer Research Foundation is on a mission to increase survival rates and improve treatment options by funding leading research into childhood cancer here and around the world,” Moore said.
“If every Australian donated 5 cents in February, we could raise over $1.2m for much needed research into Childhood Cancer, and break a world record too,” she said.
Over the past 40 years, the Australian Lion’s Childhood Research Foundation has raised over $10m for childhood cancer research.
According to Moore, the Foundation has funded 10 major research projects in the last seven years, including the current $4m Lion’s Kids’ Cancer Genome Project, with the support of Lion’s Clubs International.
In its first three years, the project is providing whole genome sequencing and analysis for 400 children with high risk cancer in Australia.
“The funds we raise in coming weeks will further enhance the incredible work of the Lion’s Kids’ Childhood Cancer Genome Mapping project being carried out by the Garvan Institute.
“Every child deserves a chance at a healthy life and Australian Lion’s Childhood Cancer Research Foundation is on a mission to make this happen.
“We ask all Australians to join Lions in February in raising funds to support the vital lifesaving work and research of this incredible organisation,” Stewart said.
Media release Jan 31
Keith Stewart, Central Coast and Hunter Valley Lion’s Clubs