SUPPORTING PAEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER – TO BEAT THE #1 DISEASE KILLER OF YOUNG PEOPLE
IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT CONNOR DAWES
ROW YOUR HEART OUT FOR BRAIN CANCER!
Connor’s Erg is back, join us in February 2024. Registration is free and easy. And when you FUNdraise $25 you get our awesome tank top. We also have lots of awesome FUNdraising prizes up for grabs.
Over 5000 big-hearted participants, donors, and volunteers from all around the world helped make Connor’s Run 2023 an unforgettable event. Over $1.7 million was raised for young people with brain cancer, bringing our 11-year total to close to $11.5 million. Your incredible efforts are honouring Connor’s legacy, and changing the odds for kids facing brain cancer, thank you!
Christmas is Coming
The Silly Season will be here before we know it! We have a few ways you and/or your workplace can support the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation and check a few items off your Christmas “to do” list.
COLES HEARTS FOR BRAINS CAMPAIGN
Over $270,000 was raised across Victorian Coles stores during the Hearts for Brains campaign. Bringing the total raised since 2014 to $1.4 million for kids with brain cancer. Thank you!
Join us in May for Brain Cancer Awareness Month- Go Grey in May. A time for the young, and the young at heart to get together and raise much needed funds and awareness for kids with brain cancer.
AIM BRAIN UPDATE
AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST: NEWLY ACCREDITED DIAGNOSTIC TEST TO TRANSFORM DIAGNOSIS OF CHILDREN WITH BRAIN CANCER.
‘ONE AWESOME MOTHER’
LIZ DAWES’ OAM ANNOUNCEMENT
We’re extremely proud to announce Robert Connor Dawes Foundation CEO & Founder, Liz Dawes has received an Order of Australia (OAM) medal for her tireless and passionate work in changing the odds for young Australians with brain cancer. Liz has been working toward this mission every day since losing her 18 year old son, Connor to this cruel disease in 2013.
Three Little Birds, was created in conjunction with Melbourne art installation studio, Metalbird. The design is a wonderful tribute to Connor, whose favourite song was Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. We play this song before Connor’s Run every year and feature the birds in our logo.
MISTER ZIMI SARA CANDLE
In honour of Sara and Alfie Chivers, a mother and son who tragically, both lost their lives to brain cancer, Mister Zimi has created the Sara Candle. 100% of proceeds will go to the Alfie CRISPR Project at Hudson Institute of Medical Research.
The amazing team at T.House have developed a range of products that have been made in collaboration with Australian artisans. There is their best seller, the room & linen spray, the ceramic diffuser and the Zoi bowl & beads which feature our little bird mascot. All these products and more are available to purchase at the T.Shop and all profits are donated to our Foundation.
ARE YOU A KEEPER?
While it doesn’t sound like much, giving up even one coffee a week and donating that $5 could make a life changing difference to young brain cancer patients. And when you become a regular donor, we’ll make it official and send you your very own RCD Foundation Keep Cup!
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Choose a gift that does good! We have something for even the fussiest family members. From jewellery to picnic blankets to cycling gear, you’ll not only be giving a unique pressie, but you’ll be helping support paediatric brain matters. How many gifts can do that?
$10 MILLION FOR PAEDIATRIC CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS
Thanks to brain cancer industry collaboration and the Federal Government, The Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) and the Australian Brain Cancer Mission are set to receive $10 million over five years!
FIND OUT MORE
Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease. 80% of those diagnosed with high grade tumours will lose their battle within five years. For 30 years brain cancer has remained critically underfunded and as a result, survival rates have barely changed in that time. We’re here to change that.
We’re all about changing the odds of paediatric brain cancer, to make brain tumours go the way of the dinosaurs. This is why we we fund brain projects in the areas of research, care and development – to fund the science to end brain cancer and support patients in the meantime.
Herald Sun, September 20, 2023
Today Channel 9, September 12, 2023
Channel 3000, March 1, 2023
Herald Sun, February 17, 2023
For 16 months, Connor’s brilliant mind, strong body and gentle soul faced off against an ependymoma. Like many others, his brains and brawn gave it all to fight against the poor odds. But on April 20, 2013, Connor’s own battle ended. Inspired by his spirit of Aeternum Fortis, we created the RCD Foundation as a tribute to him and other brain tumour fighters.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Presented with an Order of Australia Medal 2022 – Liz Dawes
Named AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018 – Liz Dawes
Nominated for Australian of the Year Award 2017 – Liz Dawes
Local Hero 2016 – Electoral Division of Goldstein – Liz Dawes
Victoria / Tasmania Park & Recreation 2015 – Event of the Year – Connor’s Run
Melbourne Awards 2015 – Community Event Finalist – Connor’s Run
Australia Day Award 2015 – Bayside Citizen of the Year – Liz Dawes
Australia Day Award 2014 – Bayside Event of the Year – Connor’s Run
THE RCD STORE
Goods that do good. And lots of them! Check out our top-selling products.