Last year’s major fundraiser was held at the Telethon Kids Institute on the evening of 26 September 2014. Thanks to our supporters, it was another great success, raising over $20,000.00 for the Ethan Davies Scholarship for Brain Cancer Research.
Highlights of the night included a presentation from the inaugural recipient of Ethan’s Scholarship, Dr Sasha Rogers, and tours of the brain tumour laboratories hosted by members of the Telethon Kids brain tumour research team.
Below you’ll find part of the welcoming address that Christie-Lee and I gave on the night, together with some photos that have kindly been provided by Telethon Kids.
Shannon: Thank you so much for joining us on this special evening. Another year has gone by and we are thrilled to be able to take this opportunity to give you an update on where things are at with Ethan’s progress and the Ethan Davies Scholarship for Brain Cancer Research.
When we launched the Scholarship back in 2012, Ethan had only just turned 2 and had just finished his treatment. He was very sick and was about to embark on some arduous therapy to try and put his battered body and mind back together again.
As many of you have witnessed, Ethan has worked very hard over the last 2 years. He is a magical work in progress as we watch his brain and body heal and transform. Every day he learns something new, takes a tiny step in the right direction. With his trademark crooked smile and Boris tucked under one arm, Ethan is growing into a young man.
Christie-Lee: As we rejoice in Ethan’s progress, so too we face the harsh reality of his survival. It is a cruel irony that with every clear scan, so the threat of the cancer returning remains. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to why some are taken and others spared.
Through it all, the Scholarship offers us hope. Hope that we can find those answers, hope that the treatments won’t be so deadly, and hope that maybe our little boy will be one of the lucky ones because we have come together as a community and taken positive action to make it happen.
Above all else – tonight is a celebration. The Scholarship has raised over $300,000 in two years. Funds that will actually pay for the research that Ethan needs to be done. Each and every one of you has played a part in achieving this amazing result so far, and we want to thank you so much. We urge you to enjoy yourself tonight knowing that you personally have done something very valuable for your community.
We would like to make special mention of our major partners: the Telethon Kids Institute, Harcourts Central, Riverstone Custom Homes, Thinking Hats, Solomon Brothers and Bouncing Orange. The success of the Scholarship depends upon the support of our partners and we cannot thank you enough for your generous contributions.
We are very grateful to everyone at Telethon Kids for their help in getting the event together. A big thankyou also to Stuart Burling of Ron Farris Real Estate for stepping in as our auctioneer at short notice, and to our many auction and raffle item donors: Steve Morton, Emelie Coffey, Maureen Taylor, Be Beau, Blue Sky Media, Kieran Longbottom, Envy Jewellery, Joe and Grace Ricciardo, the Australian Swim Team, Dale and Debbie Putland, Jason Cunningham, Perth Heat, Anthony and Lisa Lees, Ross Taylor, The Bling Garage, Clint Baker Photography, The Gate Bar and Bistro, Travel Associates Australia, Cute n Cheap Clothing, Glow Wiks Candles, Pharmacy 777 Langford, Dorothy Farrington, Getaway Outdoors Kelmscott, Crown Perth, Cockburn Ice Arena, Lorraine Lea, Methven and Alexandra Nullmeyers.