Mister Zimi Candle 2021

Once again, the amazing and generous team at Mister Zimi have created two limited edition candles in honour of Alfie and Sara Chivers.

To date, Mister Zimi has raised over $100,000 for the Alfie Chivers’ Project from sales of the Sara Candle. You can still purchase a limited edition candle through their website. The candles come in two beautiful scents, Black Currant Rose and Fresh Cut Roses. With a 65 hour burn time, they’ll make a wonderful gift.

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Sara & Alfie Chivers

It was in March 2017, when Sara Chivers received the devastating news that her brain cancer returned, after eight years in remission. Within a few months, Sara and family received further heart breaking news, that her 18-month old son, Alfie, also had an aggressive, unrelated and rare form of brain cancer. Sadly, Sara and Alfie lost their battles with cancer in 2018.

Sara was a Mister Zimi customer. After learning this and hearing about her story, the team at Mister Zimi wanted to help make a difference, so they produced The Sara Bag in her honour. The bag sold out in record time and the team generously decided to create another item in her honour.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of these candles will go to the Alfie Chivers’ Project we’re funding ($113,000 per year over two years). This is a CRISPR project at Hudson Institute of Medical Research led by Dr. Gabrielle Bradshaw. Discovered by scientists in the US and Europe in 2012, CRISPR technology is a tool for editing the genome (an organism’s complete set of DNA, like an instruction manual for all of our genes). It enables scientists to easily alter DNA sequences to uncover the role of specific genes in diseases – such as identifying mutations driving resistance to cancer treatment in patients.

“Having witnessed first-hand how cruel the current state of brain cancer is, taking the life of my wife and son over the course of 18 months, this research makes complete sense to me compared to the limitations of the current best available treatments,” said Leigh Chivers.

We’re incredibly grateful to Mister Zimi and Sara & Alfie’s family for making this happen.