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
We’re challenging rowing teams from all around the world to give heart and brawn to raise much needed funds for childhood brain cancer: the #1 cancer killer of young people.
We understand the world is a different place now, and some teams won’t be able to compete together, so we encourage you to set your own challenge and row your way any day this February.
CONNOR’S RUN 2021: YOUR WAY + OUR WAY
Join us Our Way, One Day: Sunday 12 September 2021, Bayside to the Boatsheds, Melbourne. Or Your Way, Any Day: Whole month of September, anywhere in the world. Registrations for Connor’s Run open in April, but you can register your interest now on connorsrun.com to be notified when we go live!
A MONTH TO MAKE BRAINS MATTER
Go Grey in May is a time for the young and young at heart to participate in fun, awareness-raising activities that raise much needed funds for paediatric brain cancer: the #1 disease killer of young Australians.
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?
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 funded by RCD Foundation. Available in two scents, the candle will be sold exclusively via Mister Zimi in store and online
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!
BURGERS FOR BRAIN CANCER
THANK YOU to the very generous team at The Royale Brothers, their suppliers, our awesome volunteers and everyone who got behind Connor’s Burger Day. Over $9500 was raised for brain matters. That’s more than 950 Connor Burgers sold over two days!
SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER
Our Very Merry Christmas Market was a huge success! With over 670 people visiting throughout the day (not including children or four legged friends) and $65,000 raised for paediatric brain cancer, we couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present.
A big-hearted THANK YOU for everyone who attended, and to our incredible Elf Helpers who donated their talent and time.
Thank you for using your brain to beat brain cancer. Together we raised $20,967 to help change the odds for kids facing brain cancer. Stay tuned, birdbrain will be back this May filled with new surprises.
GIVE BRAIN CANCER THE KICK!
Thanks to our incredible supporter, the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), clubs from across the league have raised over $100,000 in the last five years. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the 2020 season was cancelled, however we’re gearing up for another Kicking Goals for Brain Cancer event in 2021.
$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.
The Risktakers Podcast, January 14, 2021
Small But Mighty Podcast for Non-Profits, December 22, 2020
Brain Tumour Alliance Australia Magazine, November 24, 2020
U17 Live, October 7, 2020
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.
CONNOR’S SPIRIT KEEPS ON INSPIRING