SUPPORTING BRAIN MATTERS IN AREAS OF RESEARCH, CARE AND DEVELOPMENT
IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT CONNOR DAWES
CONNOR’S RUN 2019
Our biggest Connor’s Run yet! We can’t help but smile! We did it, not only did we smash our original FUNdraising goal of $1 million, but we also made our revised target of $1.2 million! You made the largest event for paediatric brain cancer in Australia possible, thank you for taking part, for fundraising and for showing the world, brains matter.
ROW YOUR HEART OUT FOR BRAIN CANCER
What started as a virtual 100km erg challenge between Wisconsin and Stanford, has since expanded to the top rowing teams at Universities across the United States. Connor’s Erg is back for a fifth year in 2020 and we’re looking for schools to get involved!
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THE VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS MARKET
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Mark your calendars because Thursday, December 5, 2019 is our annual Very Merry Christmas Market. Find the perfect gift for everyone, with all proceeds supporting brain matters, how many other Christmas presents can do that?
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LET’S GIVE BRAIN CANCER THE KICK!
Thanks to our wonderful supporter, the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), On Sunday July 28, clubs from across the league participated in our Kicking Goals for Brain Cancer Round, raising over $32,000 for paediatric brain cancer projects
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SOCK IT TO BRAIN CANCER
We’re excited to announce the release of our collaboration with Happy Socks! Our limited edition design features the Connor’s Run theme and they are available in two sizes. You can purchase these during Connor’s Run rego, or if you’ve already registered simply login to your Connor’s Run account and you can collect them at rego pickup. Also available via our online store.
OUR 2019 BEANIES ARE HERE
Available in two stylish designs, not only will they keep your noggin’ warm, you’ll be raising much-needed funds and awareness for paediatric brain cancer- the #1 disease killer of young Aussies.
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!
GO GREY YOUR WAY
Thank you to all of the schools and workplaces for participating in our inaugural month of Go Grey in May! Participants hosted their own events to raise awareness, encourage healthy and fun brain-engaging activities, and to raise much-needed funds for a fantastic cause.
$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!
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CARRIE’S BEANIES 4 BRAIN CANCER FOUNDATION TO GRANT $500,000 TO THE AIM BRAIN PROJECT
We’re thrilled to announce, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer (CB4BC) will grant $535,000 to the AIM BRAIN Project, in a bid to aid international research collaborations of paediatric brain cancer in Australia. CB4BC will be joining the Federal Government in co-funding the initiative with our foundation in support of the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group (ANZCHOG).
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.
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
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 socks.