Bayfields raises over $ 345,000 for the Children’s Cancer Institute

The incredible fundraising event of the Alcohol Industry Luncheon, hosted by the Bayfield family, once again showed the generosity of the industry, raising over $ 345,000 on the weekday. last.

It was the 21st Annual event and the incredible fundraising effort seen last Wednesday means more than $ 3.5 million has been raised to help the Children’s Cancer Institute.

Liquor industry leaders and heavyweights gathered for lunch, which was back in person at the Belrose Hotel in Belrose after having to go virtual last year.

Wayne Bayfield, CEO of Bayfield Hotels, said: “Considering the difficult year we have all had as an industry, it was so great to be able to come together with our friends from the industry for this charity event. special. Despite COVID, the industry has rallied around the Children’s Cancer Institute to help fund their vital research.

“I am so proud of our friends in the industry for helping to achieve such a phenomenal result that will have a significant impact on the future of children with cancer. “

Attendees heard from Professor Maria Kavallaris, Head of Translational Theme of Nanomedicine Against Cancer and Group Leader of the Tumor Biology and Targeting Group at the Children’s Cancer Institute, and Founding Director of the Australian Center for Nanomedicine at UNSW Sydney.

Professor Kavallaris said: “The latest statistics on childhood cancer, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, estimate that there will be 1,294 cancer cases among 0-19 year olds this year. Although the overall survival rate is currently up about 85 percent, there are still two big problems.

“First, some cancers still have a very low cure rate, so despite improvements, there are still almost three childhood cancer deaths each week in Australia.

“Second, over two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors suffer from health problems as a result of their treatment, sometimes for the rest of their lives. “

Professor Kavallaris also said that the Children’s Cancer Institute is making exciting progress through the Zero Childhood Cancer (ZERO) personalized medicine program, which is a joint initiative of the Institute and the Kids Cancer Center at Sydney Children’s Hospital, and involving all children’s hospitals in Australia. And she added that more excitement is on the horizon with the construction of Australia’s first Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Center, which will house both the Institute and the Kids Cancer Center and is slated to open in 2025.

In terms of what this fundraising effort means for the Institute, Anne Johnston, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, said: “We are so grateful to the Bayfield family and their friends in the industry. alcohols for their dedicated support. To fund a bench-top senior researcher with all their consumables and operational support for an entire year, we need $ 130,000 – so the industry has helped raise enough for two senior researchers and one junior researcher for one year. whole year to complete our research review for children with cancer. Unbelievable…”

You can help continue the fight against childhood cancer by donating through the Children’s Cancer Institute website.

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