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News and events 2014

Upstream 50km Challenge

The Isabella and Marcus Fund is an official beneficiary, one of 4 charities. The proceeds provide PhD scholarships to postgraduate students to study DIPG. These scholars will graduate as scientists who will hopefully go on tomake a career out of studying DIPG. The first student will commence studies in 2015 and additional funding is available for 2 more students.

Upstream Foundation ran another fantastic event, it's tenth. Thank-you to the 451 participants who chose to fundraise for IMF, it was great to meet many of you and getting your feedback on the charity. To all the volunteers, an event like this wouldn't happen without your help!

To Brett and Amanda from Team Gem, who travelled from Queensland to be a part of this event in memory of Gemma who died from DIPG in 2007, you looked amazing in your bright yellow tees. Thank you.

Team 'Fight for Lucas' walked in memory of Lucas who died recently from DIPG. Your grief is still raw. Brian, Lucas' dad, was part of this 17-strong team, the largest in the event. You have some good friends who truly care.

It was great to have Matthew Richardson share his time in support of IMF and the event. For many participants, it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by him at the finish line and receive their medal from "Richo". What a lovely, down to earth bloke.

Finally, Haydn Blake!!!! No words to describe this hero. He completed the event twice, once for Isabella and once for Marcus and for all the DIPG kids. As you passed us on your second leg you inspired a lot of us who were struggling on our walk to keep going.

Thank-you to everyone who donated, volunteered and participated and a big thank you to Upstream for choosing IMF as one of your beneficiaries.

Melbourne Marathon

This was the 5th year that IMF has fielded a team for the Melbourne marathon. Our regular enthusiasts were back again to improve their times. Jonathan Jacobson completed his 10th marathon in a personal best time of 3h 25 min. Tony Ruberto (Marcus' dad) fulfilled his dream of running a marathon for Marcus. A special thank-you to Helen Baimbridge for her wonderful fudraising effort. See you again next year.

Ladies Morning Tea

The 5th Ladies morning tea was more like a ‘High Tea’ this year with scrumptuous food, champagne and Nespresso coffee. This event continues to grow both in size and earnings. Thank-you ladies for attending and your generosity.

Our special guests this year were Liz Dawes and Celia Williams from RCD Fund, a brain cancer charity, who are good friends of IMF.

A big thank-you to our LMT team, who work hard throughout the year to obtain the items that we used for silent auctions and to prepare for the day. It takes many, many hours of work to put together an event like this.

The success of this fundraiser relies heavily on the generosity of businesses and individuals. As always, thank-you to Darren Harrison, Franchisee of Harvey Norman Springvale, IMF’s major sponsor since 2011. Thank-you for the many other gifts provided from local businesses and individuals.

Garage Days

Thanks to the crew at Garage Inc and the many volunteers for hosting the first 'Garage Days 2014' car show at Westfield Fountain Gate.

Trivia Night

Our first Trivia night for The Isabella and Marcus Fund was a huge success.  Thank-you to Paul and Simon from "Quizzame" for donating your services and running this event is such a professional manner. There was lots of fun beginning with naming of teams and team songs and the the quizzes that were not just about knowledge but also entertaining. Competition was intense. Congratulations to the winning team 'Bootylicious' and thank-you to all the audience for your generosity, which culminated in lots of research dollars.

Thankyou to Lisa Miosi, Amanda Scafidi and the team for all their great work at putting such a successful night together. See you again next year.

4th Annual Classic Car Day

Our annual classic car day was a huge success thanks to so many people. Firstly, we must thank the wonderful car commnuity who kindly came along and shared their gorgeous cars with us to create such an enjoyable atmosphere. We know how precious your car is to you and thankyou sincerely for sharing it with the IMF community.

Thankyou to our Ambassador Fletch from "Classic Restos" for his continued support of this event and his much valued friendship. Thankyou also to Kevin Hopper and the Geelong Holden Club Team for their generous donation of $1000.

Thankyou to the many sponsors and supporters of this day. Your donations are extremely welcomed and truly appreciated. Thanks to Peter Thackrah from "Shortnote", Black Sea of Trees and Rockin Wildcat Duo for keeping everyone entertained.

To the wonderful hard working volunteers who gave up their Sunday to help make the day the success that is was. Your continued kindness and time means so much to us always. We would especially like to thank the team of volunteers who travelled from Albury Wodonga to work on Saturday to set up and then all day Sunday - you guys are unreal!

Traffic management - thankyou for your hard work all day! The Garage Inc. guys are amazing supporters of this event and have been since it's inception. Thankyou for ensuring that the day ran safely and smoothly.

To all the families and visitors thankyou for your wonderful show of support, we try to create a fun family event because thats what we are about - doing it for the kids, giving kids HOPE!

Congratulations to all the winners. 


An event of this size requires a lot of support. We are grateful to the committee who worked tirelessly for 6 months to organise this day. We thank the many generous supporters who donated their goods or services, so that we could raise as much money as possible to help children with Brainstem tumours in future.

  • Fletch and Angela from Classic Resto’s,
  • Our major corporate supporter, Harvey Norman Springvale, for donating the major raffle prizes,
  • Dee Mazzanti, from Deeane Mazzanti photography, the official IMF photographer,
  • Stacey Brindley, from Xpressodelight coffee&go, who had to work very hard all day,
  • AIM Hire for generously providing the portaloos,
  • Peter Thackrah "Shortnote" for the morning’s entertainment,
  • Mark from JAM Audio for providing the PA equipment and for mixing the bands
  • Garage Inc Car Club, organising committee members, who also provided traffic management on the day,
  • The trophies for the category winners were generously donated by George Papadopoulos from Motor Style,
  • Paul Smith & helpers from Bonbeach Auskick for entertaining the children all day with the specky and handball floats,
  • Domenic & Tony from Dandenong Heavy Haulage for providing generators to power the stage and businesses,
  • Events Coordinator, Joanne Cronin  from the City of Kingston, for permission to use Bonbeach Sports Reserve and assisting us with our needs,
  • Independent Tippers for sponsoring the event,
  • Bakers Delight, Endeavour Hills and Mordialloc,
  • Cruisin Magazines for free subscriptions vouchers,
  • Lombard's the paper people, Fountain Gate for all the balloons,
  • Thank-you to all the stall holders for participating on the day, we hope it was a fun and successful day for your company.

    Last, but not least, we’d like to thank the local community for supporting the event.

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