SUPPORTING PAEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER – TO BEAT THE #1 DISEASE KILLER OF YOUNG PEOPLE
IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT CONNOR DAWES
OVER $2 MILLION RAISED, THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who participated or donated to Connor’s Run 2021, our biggest year by far! We’re blown away by your big-hearted generosity.
A big brain-hearted thank you to Coles and everyone who supported the BrainHeart campaign. $380,000 was raised, bringing the total since 2014 to $780,000. This year BrainHeart cards, and cookies were available to purchase from all 215 Coles Victorian stores, and online. Thank you for helping us fill the gaps in brain cancer research.
We’re proud to once again be the official charity partner of the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL).
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2021 LIMITED EDITION MERCH
Now Available on our online store. Support Connor’s Run all month round wearing our singlets, caps, and socks. Designed for exercise and leisure, you can wear them anywhere at any time! Grab your Limited Edition 2021 design today.
Puzzles, Visors, Water bottles, Running Socks & Caps, Cycling Gear, and more.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING BRAINS MATTER
A big thank you to everyone who participated in Go Grey in May. It was an action packed month full of activities and events.
Thank you to everyone who used their brain for brain cancer! Together we raised $21,053 to help fight brain cancer. Stay tuned, birdbrain will be back next May filled with new surprises.
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 brought in two amazing products that are fully designed and made here in Australia by a local artisan. There is a diffuser with essential oils and a room and linen spray available for purchase with all profits going towards RCD 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?
BRAINY BREAKFAST 2021
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our Brainy Breakfast on Thursday 13 May. Professor Misty Jenkins, Dr Jason Cain and Dr Pratiti (Mimi) Bandopadhayay shared with us their exciting news from the frontline of paediatric research, Victorian Health Minister, Martin Foley MP was in attendance and spoke thoughtfully, and we had a standout performance by ependymoma survivor and legacy ambassador, Georgia. We were also fortunate enough to receive some great coverage from Nine News
ROW YOUR HEART OUT FOR BRAIN CANCER
Thank you to all of the individuals and teams who used their brawn for brains, Connor’s Erg raised over $59,000 USD ($75,000+ AUD!) for paediatric brain cancer matters.
$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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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.
Weekend Today, September 14, 2021
Seven News Melbourne, September 14, 2021
TimeOut Melbourne, August 31, 2021
Saturday Tradition, August 26, 2021
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 products.