In Your Spare Time, You’re Curing Cancer!

Written by: Kirwan High | September 30, 2019

On Saturday August 31, Kirwan State High School hosted The Cure Starts Now Gala Dinner in honour of their former Executive Principal, Mr John Livingston who passed away from a brain tumour in 2015. The gala was a successful fundraising event and a fantastic showcase of the school’s talent and outstanding sense of community.

300 guests attended the Gala, opened their hearts, raised their glasses and dug deep into their wallets to support the ongoing cause of finding a Home Run Cure for the deadliest childhood cancer, DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma).

Dr David Ziegler, leading professor from the Children’s Cancer Institute spoke words of hope as he empowered the room to know that they were truly making a difference. 

He said, “Children’s cancer is one of the greatest success stories in modern medicine. The cure rates for childhood cancer are reaching about 80% now. The fact is, however, that with DIPG, what was told to a parent 50 years ago, is still relevant today. There is no effective treatment. But it’s because of people like you that the tide is beginning to change.” 

Dr Ziegler continued on, “For the first time in Australia and in the world we have shown that this Mount Everest is not impossible to climb. For the first time we are changing the conversation from, there is no hope to, maybe there is something we can do. We are doing the most in-depth analysis of anyone in the world here in Australia and through your seed funding and the research taking place, for the first time in history we are seeing tumours shrink. We haven’t found the cure, but we are making ‘firsts’!

When people ask you what your job is and you tell them; I’m a teacher, I’m a crane driver, or I’m in business, you can also say… and in my spare time, I’m curing cancer!”

The Kirwan High students inspired guests as they danced and sang and Speed Painter and Entertainer of the Year, Brad Blaze amazed the audience with his exciting artistic displays of fire and glitter!

Kirwan High would like to express their deep gratitude to every individual, family and business who gave support and sponsored this worthy cause. Overall it was a night filled with great entertainment, generosity and fun. Since 2015, Kirwan High has raised more than $350,000 for The Cure Starts Now to find a Home Run Cure for cancer.  


$350,000 Raised by Kirwan State High School since 2015.


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