The Nelune Foundation Lilac Swim, Bondi Icebergs 30th April 2017

The 2017 Lilac swim fundraiser at Bondi Icebergs was another enormous success for the Nelune Foundation. An amazing $71k was raised thanks to our generous sponsors, spectators and swimmers! A large portion of this amount will fund the inaugural Rebecca Wilson Breast Cancer Research Fellowship, with a portion of the funds also going towards the Nelune Cancer Centres at Darlinghurst and Randwick.

The picturesque icebergs pool and a sunny autumn day set the perfect backdrop for such an exciting event. We were lucky enough to be joined by many accomplished Olympians and Paralympians, including Liesel Jones, Kate Campbell, Libby Trickett, Petria Thomas, Justin Norris, Annabelle Williams, Prue Watt and Ellie Cole, to name a few. A special thanks to Giaan Rooney for calling the event.

With teams ranging across all age-groups and skill levels, the day kicked off with time-trial relays that would decide which teams ended up in the B-finals, and which would race it out for the Nelune Cup. Our teams fired off to an exciting start, with stand-out teams such as Watsons Bay Water-polo and DX solutions setting a tough precedent for the finals.

After the impressive standard had been setin a nail-biting finish, Watsons Bay Water-polo were just beaten at the line by the well-oiled Bondi Icebergs team, who took out the Nelune Cup in grand fashion. We would like to thank our generous supporters, in particular Optus Systems Pty Ltd, Transurban, Chargrill Charlies, Bondi Icebergs, BT Financial, Paul Reid, Charlene Bradley and Batyr/AIME.

A special mention to Thomas Whalan for helping us pull the swim together. We look forward to seeing everyone back in the pool next year.

The Opening of The Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre on the 20th of April 2017

Thanks to the wonderful people involved, the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer center opening night was a great success, and a fitting launch for the new state of the art treatment and research facility. The $114m million cancer center will allow patients to receive the best possible treatment all in one building, as opposed to having to commute from area to area. Additionally, the center will house state of the art cancer research facilities, as we fight for a cure, and work to improve treatment methods. The Nelune Foundation is proud to have contributed $6 million towards the world-class center, which will improve the lives of countless cancer patients.

Sunrise presenter Eddie Bartholomew kindly emceed the event, which was held at the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She was joined by Olympian swimmer Giaan Rooney, and TV personality Sally Obermeder. A special thanks to longtime supporter of The Nelune Foundation and Optus chairman Paul O'Sullivan for his kind words at the event. Professor Robyn Ward AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice President (Research) University of Queensland, also spoke at the event. Associate Professor Boon Chua, Director of Cancer and Haematology Services at Prince of Wales Hospital and UNSW Professor of Medicine, said patients would have access to compassionate and research-driven cancer care.A big thank you to Robyn for her on-going support as an important driver of the Nelune Foundation. The new state health minister, Brad Hazzard, was also in attendance, with this being the second time he has been present at a Nelune Foundation function since he started his new portfolio only a few months ago.

The former health minister, the Hon. Jillian Skinner who has been a vocal and strong supporter of the Nelune foundation for a long period, also said a kind few words. Many thanks to John Hartigan, husband of the late Rebecca Wilson for his support and attendance. A big thanks to all of our donors, who have showed tremendous support. An honor wall has been erected at the new cancer center in appreciation for our kind donors and supporters.

NELUNE Foundation Race Day at Royal Randwick 21st January 2017

Another, another amazingly successful NELUNE Foundation race day. We raised in excess of $150k for the inaugural Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research – thanks to all our sponsors and supporters.

We would also like to thank and make special mention to a number of people and businesses that made it possible. Domayne, Australian Fire Hose, Optus, DX Solutions, Liberty International Underwriters, Huawei, Seven Network, Gifts.com, Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller, Accolade Wines, The Daily Telegraph, Rebecca Wilson's family, Angie Asimus, Edwina Bartholomew, Vince Sorrenti, DJ Dan, Gilles Novel and ModelCo.

View more photographs from the day here.

A lasting legacy - Charity race in support of Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in breast cancer research

Long before her diagnosis, Rebecca Wilson supported a cancer charity never knowing she would fall victim to the illness. But her passion and legacy lives on through a fellowship in breast cancer research.

The Nelune Foundation Charity Race Day on 21st January at Randwick Racecourse. All proceeds will fund Rebecca Wilson Fellowship at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Tickets available here

Dear friends, thank you for your support and generosity.

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your support and generosity towards the NELUNE Foundation throughout 2016.

We achieved a number of milestones this year and wish to acknowledge your commitment and ongoing support towards the work we do.
In 2016:
• We made our final payment towards the completion of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick in the Bright Alliance Building.
• Donated $1m towards establishing a new Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at St Vincent's Hospital (a first of its kind in Australia - over the past 40 years, patients have mainly been treated in a general ward in the public hospital. Bone marrow transplantation is a stressful and difficult time for patients with blood cancers. Doctors are now confronted with the increasing problem of infections in patients (with blood cancers) which are resistant to multiple antibiotics. We can help combat this problem with the use of single rooms for all patients in the ward rather than patients sharing.
This new ward will provide protective isolation rooms with "negative" airflow, to minimise the risk of infection when transplant patients are at their most vulnerable.)
• Donated 3 portable dialysis machines to ICU at St Vincent's Hospital (The ICU at St Vincent's Hospital were in urgent need of replacing their current machines. This next-generation technology treats critically ill patients who have developed acute kidney injury, removing a build-up of waste products in the blood to allow the body to keep the right balance of fluid).
• Transported over 500 patients to hospitals in Sydney Metro area (St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney Kids Hospital, Westmead Children's Hospital, Prince of Wales Randwick, St George Hospital Kogarah, Royal Prince Alfred, Ryde Hospital, Bankstown and Canterbury and Liverpool Hospitals)
• Established the inaugural Rebecca Wilson Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at the Garvan Medical Research Institute ( by funding this Fellowship means one of Australia's brightest research talents will return from US

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is proud to be the recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research. This fellowship, generously funded by the NELUNE Foundation, is awarded to a young female scientist at Garvan, and is a lasting legacy to sports journalist, the late Rebecca Wilson. The recipient of this Fellowship is Dr Christine Chaffer, a gifted breast cancer researcher who will be returning to Australia from the United States to take up this important role.)

Thank you once again for your enormous support and generosity. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy festive season and all the best for 2017.

Inaugural Rebecca Wilson fellowship in breast cancer research recipient announced

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is proud to be the recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research. This fellowship, generously funded by the NELUNE Foundation, is awarded to a young female scientist at Garvan, and is a lasting legacy to sports journalist, the late Rebecca Wilson.

The inaugural recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research is Dr Christine Chaffer, a gifted breast cancer researcher who will be returning to Australia from the United States to take up this important role.

Dr Chaffer's research at Garvan will aim to determine the role and mechanism of breast cancer cell plasticity (the ability of a cancer cell to adapt and change its composition) in disease development and metastasis. By understanding these processes, and discovering how to halt them, it is hoped that personalised therapies can be developed that will, ultimately, improve breast cancer survival rates and provide a pathway to a cure.

Of the appointment, Professor David Thomas, Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Head of Garvan's Cancer Division said, "The Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research provides a means for one of Australia's brightest research talents to return to Australia. We are delighted to welcome Dr Chaffer to the Garvan Institute in 2017, and are sincerely grateful to the NELUNE Foundation, and to Rebecca Wilson's family for recognising the importance of this research."

For more information about the fellowship, Dr Chaffer's work, and Rebecca Wilson's long-standing commitment to supporting those diagnosed with cancer, read this recent news article.

The Fellowship will officially be launched in February 2017.

To add your support to the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer, please make a donation.

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Lilac Ball 2016 slideshow

Just love a little trip down memory lane! What an amazing night. Check out our slideshow of the Lilac Ball 2016


Rebecca Wilson - Vale

If only we could ask Rebecca for the right words. Famous for her love of language and her ability to craft an expression to champion causes closest to her heart. We want to do her justice, but the words and eloquence that came so easily to her, escape us today.

In an era known for transient commitment and anonymous thought - Rebecca was a beacon of honesty and self-determination. She stood by her passions and in the 16 years we have known her she has been an unwavering friend and tireless supporter of the Nelune Foundation. How many events can attest to having the same brilliant MC for 15 consecutive years. She captured the hearts and attention of our room full of givers, like she captured her public audience. Hilarious, insightful, powerful, loving and devoted. There will always be only one Bec. Loved and missed now and forever.

The St. Vincent Curran Foundation's Annual Spring Reception

St Vincent's Curran Foundation hosted its Annual Spring Reception yesterday at the Trivett showrooms in Alexandria with the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull in attendance. The NELUNE Foundation was acknowledged as one of their major contributors having pledged $1.7m this financial year. This will support the establishment of a new Bone Marrow Transplant ward at St Vincent's Hospital.

We wish to thank all our friends, contributors and donors who have supported us to achieve great outcomes for cancer patient care by providing world class treatment centres. We are so grateful to you and look forward to your ongoing support.

Nelune Foundation donates $1m to the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Bright Alliance

At a recent event The Nelune Foundation donated $1m to the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Bright Alliance. Among the guests were Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull AO, the Honourable Jillian Skinner and several industry leaders including Chairman of Optus Paul O'Sullivan.