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The legend of the full moon mud crab

What a fantastic celebration of the full moon mud crab harvest! A private dining experience at Pearl Restaurant – an extravaganza with all the stick-wine-glass-stained-bib fun you can imagine. A full complement of signature wines was presented by wonderful supporter Peter Marr. It was a fantastic success, a great night and lots of fun.

Elegance on the Yarra

The heat was on at stunning Sumac on the banks of the Yarra.

As temperatures rose past 30 degrees, luncheon guests sampled truly glamorous Spring Carnival raceware against a stunning city backdrop.

Charity golf day

Royal Melbourne turned on a perfect Autumn day for the inaugural Melbourne Cancerians Charity Golf Day. With the support of 21 principal golfing sponsors, 88 golfers and over 35 other contributors, $91,142 was raised on the day. The Stableford competition was followed by lunch in the new clubhouse, where guest speaker Professor Peter Colman, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) gave an overview of his work as the Director of the Biological Division at WEHI.

A charity auction, conducted by Glen Morley of Glen Morley Real Estate, raised $46,000 and included items like two business class tickets to Dubai, six nights in Port Douglas for four adults (staying at the home of Craig and Connie Kimberley), a helicopter flight to the Yarra Valley (with lunch at Chateau), just to name a few.

Afternoon jazz at Parliament House

Parliament House is one of Melbourne’s best known landmarks. Its hallowed halls echoed with the dulcet tones of Nina Ferro in an afternoon of jazz to raise money for the Melbourne Cancerians. Over 150 attended the Jazz, held in the architecturally significant Queens Hall. A short auction raised over $4000, with the feature prize being a Table for Ten at the Grand Final Footy Show.

Over $11,000 was raised on the day, with guests embracing the event as an annual fundraiser for the Cancerians. In the second year the Melbourne Cancerians staged this popular fundraising event it was proudly sponsored by Simon and Susan Stribling in memory of their mother, Marg Stribling, who died of breast cancer in November 2003.

Geelong recital

Emma Lippa, pianist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and violinist Olga Vakussevich were the star attractions at this event. which was attended by over 400 people in the Geelong region and raised $25,000. Held at the Geelong College, the event drew a myriad of local support, with many local businesses and individuals donating products and services. The recital was so successful that a Blues and Soul concert was staged on the Geelong Waterfront in November.

Liquid ideas

Melbourne Cancerians indulged in two successful wine tasting nights at Leonard Joels Auctions, South Yarra. Both the events – a Grange tasting that coincided with the release of the much-awaited 1998 Penfolds Grange, and a Spring Racing Champagne Tasting – were organised by one of the committee’s foundation sponsors Peter Marr, from Peter Marr Wine Trader. Peter is now offering a fabulous Wine Rebate Scheme (a percentage return on purchases) for friends of the Melbourne Cancerians, a must for those serious about good wines and competitive prices!

Through the scheme, the committee aim to regularly raise funds for cancer research. The offer applies to all wines, and includes free delivery, online specials and email orders. For more info, call Peter on 03 9328 3210 or email melbournecancerians@marrket.com.au

A sad loss for Melbourne Cancerians

Melbourne Cancerians have expressed their extreme sadness at the loss of their inaugural chairman and ACRF trustee, The Hon Marie Tehan, following a short illness, aged 64.

Marie was the champion behind the development of the Melbourne Cancerians Committee, which she took on board from her close friend and former parliamentary colleague, the Hon Ann Henderson. Ann had the vision for the Committee and it was Marie who made it all a reality following Ann’s untimely death. Read more here.

Melbourne Cancerians pay tribute to supporters

The Melbourne Cancerians’ end-of-year cocktail party honoured the many generous individuals and organisations that helped them raise money for the ACRF in 2004.

Over 100 people attended the party at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, which also paid tribute to Melbourne Cancerians’ inaugural Chairman — the Hon Marie Tehan, who passed away after a short illness in November 2004. Read more here.