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Cancer crusaders Auxiliary

We strive to help fund the fight against childhood cancers at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

Area: Cancer research

The story so far

CasKids was formerly the Nunawading Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.  It was formed in 1967 and renamed in 1995 to CasKids which actually sponsors the Emergency and Casualty Department of the hospital.
There are 13 women in our group.  Three of us have been together for 40 years this year and, of course, this year we turned 44 years old!  From 1973 when we decided to fund equipment for various departments in the hospital, we have raised $271,607.  
The best thing about belonging to a group of volunteers, who are committed to a cause, is that you ‘grow’ together as you travel on your journey.  We have experienced engagements, the birth of our children, divorces, remarriages, and, sadly the loss of precious children.  Through all of this we have remained a strong group of supportive friends who look forward to seeing each other each month to meet or hold a fundraiser.  The friendships formed along the way are life-long.   Over the past 15 years we have included our husbands or partners in our fundraising ventures so that once again new friendships have formed which makes getting together a real pleasure.
We have held stalls, sausage sizzles, lamington drives (making the lamingtons ourselves) fashion parades, Dutch auctions, jewellery and bag evenings and of course spent some wonderful times at the AGM in at the hospital hearing the doctors or nurses or specialists from various departments talk about their work at the hospital.  Very motivating stuff!  
Over the past years we have been selling the tote bags which are generated through the hospital in a multitude of colours and they have been wonderfully successful.  We see them everywhere – even overseas!
We have been supporting the Young People’s Health Service which is part of the Department of Adolescent Health which is attached to the Emergency Department for the past five years.  We help them with donations of toiletries and underwear and socks for the disadvantaged and homeless youth.
We acknowledge the fantastic support of “Linen House” who has been helping and supporting us for the past 20 years through our stalls.  We are extremely grateful to them.

We are striving to help ‘fund the fight’ against childhood cancers at the RCH, with the aim to improve the treatment and outcomes of these cancers.

What we are working on

Cancer Crusaders started in October 2013. Our story is short but we have been able to raise over $20,000 as of January 2014. Our Christmas Market Night raised $9,041 and the rest of the money has been raised at stalls on Main Street at the RCH. Our December stall raised an incredible $5,300. We look forward to raising even more money for cancer research. 

Office bearers

President: Janine Butterfield

Secretary: Sharron Markovic

Treasurer: Ruth Murray


Janine Butterfield
M. 0409 770 031

Sharron Markovic