The Play: Still Life
The lacklustre students of Arts 101 have been invited to the gallery for their first assignment by the increasingly eccentric Mr. Morgan. Their task: observe the art. Quickly the students find themselves drawn into the paintings, surrounded by their colourful characters, their whirling worlds and symphonic symbolism, until they realise a terrible truth: the paintings themselves are disappearing. Fading away. Can the students find a way to save the paintings, or will the art be lost to time forever?
The Charity: Tri for Kids Cancer
Every year, 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer. Tragically, 150 of these lose their battle to the disease. Worldwide, 250,000 children are affected by cancer each year and close to 150,000 of them die as a result of their disease. The majority of survivors will have one or more chronic health problems due to their treatments.
This is why we urgently need better and safer treatments for childhood cancer.
Children’s Cancer Institute Australia is the only independent medical research institute in Australia devoted to research into the causes, better treatments, prevention and cure of childhood cancer. Our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.
This December (2013), the Tri For Kids Cancer team (Guy, Jad & Eddy) will embark on a gruelling physical challenge to drive awareness, bring hope to children and families affected by cancer, inspire the future generation of researchers and raise much-needed funds to win the war against childhood cancer. They will compete in the Canberra 70.3 IronMan Race. This incredibly tough long-distance triathlon involves a 1.9km swim in Lake Burley Griffin followed by a 92km bike ride around the outskirts of Canberra and finishing with a 21.1km half-marathon through the CBD parklands.
All three members of the Tri For Kids Cancer team, quite appropriately dubbed “the IronNERDs”, will have to complete all 3 legs of the race within the cut-off time of 7 hours and 30 minutes. With rigorous training currently underway, the IronNERDs are hoping to cover the 113km in around 6 hours.
Every dollar raised by Tri For Kids Cancer will go towards the creation of the SPOT Award, which will be offered annually to one or more early- to mid-career researchers at Children’s Cancer Institute Australia to launch their own innovative ideas. The projects will be selected by a panel of independent experts, based on their scientific quality and potential to rapidly translate into clinical benefits for childhood cancer patients.
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