What We Fund

What we fund

Every dollar raised through Pirate Day Friday is allocated to scientific studies focused on childhood brain cancer through The Adventurers in Western Australia and The Kids’ Cancer Project in all other Australian states and territories.

In 2018, money raised by pirates in Western Australia will go to the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre Brain Tumour Research Program. Funds generated by pirates in all other Australian states and territories will help fund a study lead by Dr Bryan Day at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute with the objective of  developing personalised medicine to treat medulloblastoma, a fast-growing, high-grade brain tumour which most commonly affects children, but can affect adults too.

The Kids’ Cancer Project supports collaborative research that has the greatest chance of clinical success. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support, the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many types of cancer. You can learn about all the research projects funded by The Kids’ Cancer Project here.

Founder, Col Reynolds, has a steely determination and focus to make a difference to the lives of children fighting cancer which earned him an Order of Australia in 2000. Twenty years earlier, Col’s journey began as he drove his empty tourist coach past what was then, the Children’s Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney. After stopping to let two young children with bald heads cross the road, he parked his coach and went into the hospital on the spur of the moment. Touched by the spirit of the children he met that day and their families, Col made it his personal mission to help kids with cancer in any way he could. Col learned very early in his quest, that the only way to improve outcomes for children with cancer is through advances in medical research.

The Adventurers believe a cure for childhood brain cancer is possible through medical research. We are passionate in our quest to find the cure. In an effort to raise significant funds for medical research The Adventurers climb the highest mountains, compete in marathons and embark on wild challenges all over the world. We push ourselves past personal boundaries and out of our comfort zone in an attempt to make an impact on childhood cancer research.

All activities, adventures and efforts are carried out with one end goal in mind – finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. Our Adventurers are spirited individuals who value kids, life, love, strength and have a passion to find a cure.

Brain cancer is the most common form of tumour in children and is the second most common cause of death in children in Australia. Treatments available vary depending on tumour type, grade, child’s age, overall health.

As a child is still developing these treatments can be invasive and often result in substantial and permanent side effects.

To date The Adventurers have raised almost $9 million in funding for the Brain Tumour Research Laboratory at the Telethon Kids Institute. Funds raised by The Adventurers have helped build one of the leading groups globally on the pre-clinical testing of new drug candidates for childhood brain tumours, funded highly specialised equipment required for the research and established fellowships for the outstanding researchers leading the work to find the cure.  The Adventurers funding has also enabled establishment of a global collaboration between international childhood cancer research organisations that has added huge value to the work of the group in Perth.