In a bid to continue fundraising during the COVID pandemic, a local group of Lions have set up a online fundraiser to help children with brain cancer.
With traditional fundraising methods of barbecues and trivia nights off the table during 2020, West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Lions members are committed to raising $27,000 for The Westmead Children’s Hospital, Cancer Research Unit (CRU).
The funds will cover the purchase of a Gravitational Brain Transducer ($15,000) pilot scans of 10 patients ($7,000) and a comparative MRE analysis of laboratory mini-brain models ($5,000).
Since 2004, the West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Lions Club has been supporting The Westmead Children’s Hospital Cancer Research Unit to improve treatment and survival rates for child cancer patients and has raised and donated over (there is a line break here $200,000 to fund important studies and research projects.
The benefits of this programme will help medical specialists tailor treatments for each child. It will also help to predict sites of cancer recurrence for disease monitoring and develop improved laboratory models to test new medicines.
Board member Geoff Irvine said: “In view of the fundraising difficulties, the Lion’s Club has experienced over the past year, the club has setup a GoFundMe website and hopes that through the use of this technology it will attract support from a broad base audience of donors within the online space.”
The website can be accessed via the Westmead Hospital’s portal at www.bandagedbear.org.au to make donations online.
The club would also be pleased to hear from anyone wishing to be part of this project by contacting its president, Geoff Harrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org