Family fun for neuroblastoma research
Sydney, 01 November 2013
When she was 12 weeks old, Aran Flanagan's daughter Ciara was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. Ciara is now four and remains in remission. Although she survived her ordeal, many other little children are not so fortunate: neuroblastoma almost exclusively strikes infants and children and is the leading single cause of cancer deaths of children under five with an average survival rate of only 50%, according to Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA).
For the last three years Aran, from Corporate Operations, and Cameron Harris, from Macquarie Funds, have been on the organising committee for the Rozelle and Balmain Family Fun Day in Sydney. With the support of 20 Macquarie staff volunteers and the Macquarie Group Foundation, the day has managed to raise more than $175,000 - funds which are helping to find a cure for childhood cancer through neuroblastoma research conducted by CCIA.
More than $75,000 was raised at the most recent event, with over 3,000 locals gathering for the live entertainment, including an ex-Wiggles member performance, dancing, pony rides, jumping castles, arts and craft and an animal petting zoo.
Image caption: The kids’ rides proved a hit at a fundraising day to support children’s cancer research, organised and supported by Macquarie staff and the Foundation.