Garvan Breakthrough magazine - Aug 2018

From strength to strength

The fundraising powerhouse of Australia’s Lions Clubs continues to support Garvan in uncovering what drives cancer in children.

“One of the attractions of Lions Projects is that … every dollar donated goes directly to the charity,” says St George Lions president, John Craig. Lions Club members all pay membership fees, which fund the administration of these projects. As just one example of the dedication of Lions Clubs, the St George Lions annual golf fundraiser saw $4,000 go to the Lions Kids Cancer Genome Project (Genome Power). “We’ve had wonderful support from businesses and people in our community to make our charity golf day so successful.” Meanwhile, the NSW Parliamentary Lions brought their influence to bear to contribute close to $50,000 to Genome Power along with securing a matching commitment from NSW Health.

we will identify and monitor kids who have a high risk of cancer,” says Garvan’s Professor David Thomas, who co-leads Genome Power. “But there is still a long way to go, and a lot more fundraising required before we can find out all of the a vast amount of information hidden in the DNA sequences of these young people. That information is vital to point us to new ways to treat cancer through personalised medicine,” he says. “Luckily, Lions Clubs of Australia are tireless in their dedication to supporting this project.”

The Lions Club of St George raised funds for Genome Power through a charity golf day.

This June, more than 100 Vodafone stores across Australia stocked the limited edition Genome Power Pack, released by the Vodafone Foundation. All proceeds from sales of the handy power pack will go to Genome Power. Watch a video about the potential of Genome Power at garvan.org.au/genome-power .

“With the incredible ongoing support from Lions Clubs around the country,

Life-saving high tea This year, Pretty in Pink Townsville raised almost $12,000 in support of cancer research at Garvan.

“Our friend Caroline was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014,” says Tania Townson. “I taught Caroline’s daughter – five of us whose kids were in year 12 at high school decided we wanted to raise money to promote research into cancer – because it affects everyone.”

every Mother’s Day. This year’s guest list was at capacity with 150 people. “We started with the philosophy of trying to get everything via donation, which we achieved, even the venue.” Raffle prizes come from an enormous number of local businesses. “We love that it promotes community in a small town as well helping the researchers.” Even better – Caroline is well, and still on the organising committee.

The Pretty in Pink Townsville organisers from left: Lisa Wong-Chang, Caroline Terz, Tania Townson, Lindy Pienaar, Karen McGovern. Start your own event or celebration, or fundraise at work or school. Find out more at garvan.org.au/fundraise .

And so Pretty in Pink Townsville was born. Since then, they’ve hosted high tea

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