Meet Dainere’s Rainbow Patron and Ambassador
The Younger Generation Helping To Make A Difference
Christmas Lights Display
Dainere’s Rainbow Wristbands
Upcoming Events

We wish to express our most sincere and deepest gratitude to all of those who are on our mailing list to receive the Dainere’s Rainbow of Hope Newsletter. Something that was so extremely important to Dainere was to elevate awareness about brain tumours and how people could help other children so they did not suffer as she did.

We as a family in continuing Dainere’s inspirational and selfless legacy wish to see a significant elevation of knowledge and awareness within the Community of paediatric brain tumours; symptoms, treatment, side effects, programs and funding.

If you would like to assist us to ‘Take Action, Give Hope and Create Change’ please encourage friends, family, work colleagues and business associates to join Dainere’s Rainbow Mailing List.

Dainere’s most treasured words “My little voice could only make a small difference, but together many voices could create change” is so poignant to seeing improved outcomes and the reality of a cure one day for children diagnosed with paediatric brain tumours.

Treatment for paediatric brain cancer is challenging because it affects the child’s most vital organ.

John Mikita is the owner of Canberra business TransitGraphics. TransitGraphics specialises in graphic and web design and has been supporting the Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund since late 2013.

John has had the privilege to know the Anthoney family for many years, prior to the tragic loss of Dainere in 2013. John is also a family man, with his own two children, born and bred in the Capital and takes great pleasure in assisting the fund to help spread the word and raise money to bring about a cure.

At the 2015 Gala Dinner, John was honoured to accept the role of Patron and made the following speech:

Thank you to Yvonne, Stephen, Jarrett, Nalani and The committee for honouring me with this humbling role.

I have never met 4 people who are so selfless in their lives to raise as much money as they can to solve the illness that has taken their lovely Dainere from them.

It will continue to be my task to assist the family and the fund on promoting the awareness of brain tumour research especially in children.

The role of Patron can also be shared by us all, in the discussions we have at home, on Facebook and with family and friends every day to get the word out that this terrible illness that can affect any one of us and needs to be solved quickly.

John is always contactable and welcomes discussion from like minded local Canberra business people and individuals who also wish to help the Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund, either financially or with their time to ensure brain tumours, especially in Children, become a treatable and curable disease.

Kay was effected by Brain Tumours when in 2011 her close friends lost their second daughter age 26 to a brain tumour. They had lost their first daughter many years earlier age 6 also to a brain tumour.

Later in 2011 Kay read an article about Dainere in a Canberra paper and knew she had to do something to help find a cure.

Kay is a truly dedicated ambassador. She has sold 60 Theodore and friends books, conducted extensive fundraising including hosting the Canberra south side Dainere’s Rainbow Christmas Lights where she raised over $4000 in 2015.

In January 2015 she was asked to join the fundraising committee and loves approaching people to ask for donations and raising awareness. Kay has been married for 43 years, has 3 sons and 6 wonderful grandchildren. She has been a permanent resident of Canberra since 2005.

In December 2016, Dainere’s Rainbow had the absolute pleasure of attending an assembly presentation at Burgmann Anglican School Middle School Campus. Two exceptional Year 8 Students, Lucy and Elysee, selflessly undertook a very special charity fundraising activity, they held cake stalls and chose to raise funds for Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund, raising a grand total of $562.10. Presenting these two wonderful students special certificates of appreciation was an honour, we certainly are so blessed and fortunate to have such amazing young role models in our Community.

Another amazing young boy named Jackson, has also touched our hearts with his special donation to Dainere’s Rainbow. Jackson visited our wonderful Ambassador Kay's Christmas Lights Display, where he and his lovely Mum learnt about Dainere's Rainbow and the work we do.

Young Jackson sold something to a friend who had lost a son to brain cancer and Jackson decided he wanted to give back in the nicest possible way and that was to make a donation to Dainere's Rainbow. This is a most caring act of human kindness and spirit of giving from one so young.

For all of us at Dainere’s Rainbow it means so much to see the young generation opening their hearts and so selflessly wanting to make a difference.

Lucy, Elysee and Jackson are all Dainere's Rainbow Champions their gift of generosity will help to give children diagnosed with paediatric brain tumours the gift of hope, improved outcomes and one day the reality of a cure.

On average, approximately 1600 brain cancers are diagnosed each year in Australia; that is roughly one person diagnosed with brain cancer every five hours. (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2015)

The 2016 Christmas Lights Display on the Southside and Northside of Canberra was another massive success with a phenomenal grand total of $6366.80 being raised. Putting a truly splendiferous Christmas Lights Display together takes many, many hours of dedicated effort.

Huge crowds of people attended the Lights Displays following much promotion through people like My Gungahlin, The Canberra Weekly and through social media and magnificent posters created especially by John and his team at Transit Graphics.

It was so wonderful to be able to speak to and hand out many information packs to so many people and elevate greater awareness of paediatric brain tumours within the Community.

One of the most precious gifts of the lights display was seeing the joy, togetherness and sparkle the lights brought to young and old. That is something when Dainere created her lights display in 2012 wanted to give to the Community, the true spirit of Christmas.

Enormous appreciation goes to our truly extraordinary Southside Lights Display Co-ordinator Kay and her wonderful husband Roger, they not only set up their massive outside light display, they also created a magical Christmas Display within their home including an impressive interactive display, made the most beautiful craft items and made over 200 bags of decadent rocky road.

Special and heartfelt appreciation to The Brite Notes Choir who performed each Saturday night throughout December at the Southside Lights Display from 8-10pm often doing up to four performances.

Gratitude is also humbly extended to family, friends, neighbours and Committee Members who assisted at the displays or with making items for the stalls and to Brad for decorating his home magnificently and raising funds in Ngunnawal for Dainere’s Rainbow.

Last, but definitely not least, we wish to thank all those in the Community who visited any of our Christmas Light Display Locations, it is through your support that together we are able to give hope, contribute to research to improve outcomes, see treatments with less devastating side effects, elevate awareness and one day see a cure become a reality.

My little voice could only make a small difference, but together many voices could create change

Dainere’s words were so passionate and selfless. She wanted to ensure that children in the future diagnosed with brain tumours would not have to suffer as she did and to do this she believed that elevating significant awareness was the key to change.

One of her visions was in the form of wristbands, so that people could wear them every single day and when asked they could let others know that they were wearing them to increase paediatric brain tumour awareness.

In keeping with Dainere’s most selfless, tireless and inspirational legacy we are proud to announce that Dainere’s Rainbow now have these extra special ‘rainbowiffic’ wristbands which will be available at all our events for people in the Community to purchase for just $2.

Through that purchase and wearing the wristbands we hope that Dainere’s wish of elevating greater awareness in the community will create a chorus of voices talking about paediatric brain tumours and how truly devastating they are and how funds for research are desperately required to give a rainbow of hope, improve outcomes and one day see a cure become a reality.

Dainere’s Rainbow are dedicated to elevating awareness and funding specifically for paediatric brain tumour research and support as this disease is the number one killer of our precious children in Australia.

Throughout 2017 - Trash N Treasure Stalls Jamison

24th March 2017 – Burgmann School Fair Stall Forde Campus

17th June 2017 – Splendiferous Entertainment Extravaganza Gala Dinner

13th August 2017 – City2Surf

December 2017 – Christmas Lights Display

Paediatric brain cancer survival rates are extremely low and have hardly changed in over three decades.
Dainere's Rainbow is a not for profit organisation - 100% of all funds raised or donated go to paediatric brain tumour research at Sydney Children's Hospital

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