Decades Gala Dinner 2024 Raises $40,125.00


The Group One Decades Gala Dinner, celebrating ten years of the Dainere’s Rainbow Fund, continuing the extremely inspiring work of the extraordinary Dainere Anthoney, was held at the Ainslie Football and Social Club on Saturday 14th June 2024.

Walking into the Ainslie Football and Social Club embarking the climb up the stairs to the function space, large silver balloons floated gently marking ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty and ninety creating a feel of passing through time.  As one walked closer to the double entrance doors, there was a display of all the Gala Dinner posters over the years, now that brought back some fabulous memories and on the television screens across from that was images of a multitude of smiling faces, a visual masterpiece of past events and beside that the moving and poignant story of Dainere.

At the Entrance to the function space there was none other than Marilyn Monroe and Taylor Swift (cardboard versions), displayed near these two iconic women was an elegant and very clear table numbers and names of guests, there were a little under two hundred guests attending on the evening, not too bad given the cost-of-living crisis we are all facing.  The Canberra Community and beyond have enormous hearts when it comes to supporting others.

The doors opened to reveal a spectacularly decorated room, the first thing capturing a guest’s attention was the shimmering gold decades wall, by Meraki Events Canberra, which provided the perfect opportunity to capture those serious, fun and totally unusual group photographs.  Beside this were the bright and bubbly Graceful Rose Parties duo of Deirdre and Grace who were twisting and shaping totally magnificent balloons for guests and then busily sketching was the talented and creative Chris from Cartoons by Chris, who perfectly captured guests on A3 paper for them to take home.  Then a wonderful surprise, Jarrett (Dainere’s Brother), was there with his Jackson V Guitar and looking very dapper playing instrumental guitar pieces that he composed himself, a very talented young man.

Speaking of the guests, so many went to the most extraordinary effort in dressing up from their favourite decade, there was something from just about every decade which really added to the atmosphere of the event.  The table numbers were colourful Dainere’s Rainbow artwork records and the table centrepieces which were created by Meraki Events Canberra, actually had genuine LP records and adorned by flowers.

The photographer for the evening Corinne from Red Fox Photography was snapping shots of guests as they arrived and received their pre-dinner drinks and was here, there and everywhere throughout the evening and the photographs were nothing short of magical and phenomenal.  A guest from every table were also fortunate enough to receive a mini session with Red Fox Photography as a lucky door prize.  Now that is just astounding!

The MC for the evening was none other than the experienced, comical and fabulous Michael Bower, who really is the best in the business and being a Celebrant as well, he has even married some of the guests over the years (not at the event, but perhaps that could be on the cards).

The evening kicked off with the extremely talented and energetic young dancers aged eight to seventeen from Play The Dance Agency, they captured the guest’s attention with their skill and also the choice of music YMCA, Footloose and more.  As they left the building for the evening, they received cheers and prolonged applause.

Dr Sumanth Nagabushan was the distinguished guest speaker and he spoke so humbly and with such passion, he had every guest’s full attention as he spoke about how important the funds raised at Dainere’s Rainbow events are making an impact. It is so encouraging to hear this as one hundred percent of all funds raised at Dainere’s Rainbow events go directly to working to bring hope and create change for every child diagnosed with brain cancer in Canberra and around Australia.

There was a wonderful assortment of Live and Silent Auction items available, giving everyone an opportunity to bid on something.  The raffle prizes were aimed at helping with the cost of living with the first prize being $1000 cash.  The ultimate Live Auction Prize was an exclusive and rare opportunity to cruise the Sydney Harbour the luxurious 85ft Toro yacht.

Big Boss Groove entertained the guests with some of their more mellow numbers during main course, the impressive nine-piece band, horns and all, had guests wanting to get up and dance as soon as their delicious meal was eaten.

It was then time for what has become part of the entertainment, the gratitude speech by the ‘dynamic duo’ of John the fund Patron and Mark the fund Ambassador, who enthralled the guests with a speech that cleverly embraced the decades.  Group One Pty Ltd, Simeco Pty Ltd, DC Flooring Specialists Pty Ltd and Transit Graphics recognised and acknowledged as the event Partners as well as all the Community Partners and others who helped create such a memorable evening.

Stephen, Yvonne, Nalani (with her gorgeous little daughter Ebony) and Jarrett, shared stories of Dainere from how she first started fundraising, her books as her starlight wish and to help others, her passion to raise awareness and funds through planning City2Surf with Jarrett and the Inaugural Gala Dinner where two hundred and ninety-one guests fitted into a room meant for just two hundred and fifty, so great was the impact Dainere made on others and continues to.

There was one last surprise and that was Jarrett invited up on stage to play the Bon Jovi favourite Livin’ on a Prayer, which was definitely a crowd pleaser, even cardboard ‘Taylor Swift’ got on the dancefloor for this one. Guests filled the dancefloor as Big Boss Groove brought out all the cover band favourites and more over the decades for the rest of the evening, as guests were singing, dancing and celebrating a memorable evening and raising vital awareness and crucial funds for children with brain cancer.

*Images from the event are available through a link sent to the person who organised your table.  Please remember to credit Red Fox Photography if sharing any images.

Teddy Bears Bringing Joy To Oncology Children

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The Dainere’s Rainbow Team are so humbled and proud of being able to support oncology families at Sydney Children’s Hospital.  We have been donating very special Teddy Bear Friends to help children through some of the most difficult times during their treatment.

As you know Dainere, during her treatment had her very special bear friend ‘Theodore’ with her, he could go where we were not able to, and brought her comfort.  He still remains tightly in her arms today.

This is a meaningful expression of gratitude from the Child Life Therapy Team, who have been giving the bears to the children.

“The bears were a beautiful gift to give out to our Oncology patients on our inpatient ward and outpatient clinic.

We gave them to children as a distraction while having their chemo, as well as an incentive for patients who had their ports accessed and dressings changed.

Receiving a toy bear brought smiles to many of the patients and brightened the routine task of coming to clinic and meeting with medical staff.

 We look forward to handing out more of the bears, thanks to your kind donation.”

Dainere’s Rainbow Awareness Stall At Tennis ACT Girls Get Active Day

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On a splendiferous Autumn Sunday in Canberra on 3rd March 2024, Dainere’s Rainbow were honoured and grateful to have been chosen as a Charity Partner for Tennis ACT Girls Get Active Day and have an awareness stall.

This event was meaningful as Dainere, was a devoted athlete, competing as an AWD athlete at Athletics ACT competitions and represented her school, Burgmann Anglican School at Zone and ACT levels.  She also competed in school cross country.

She was awarded U16 ACT AWD Athlete of the Year in 2012-13, teaching and inspiring others to never give up, you are a winner by simply having a go and there are no obstacles to competing in and enjoying sport.

At the Girls Get Active Day we were able to speak to a wide variety of people about Dainere, her sporting achievements, childhood brain cancer and the work that we do to make a difference for the Canberra Community.

As Dainere had a special love for teddy bears, her favourite being Theodore, those who visited the stall were given their own special friend to be with them and perhaps help them with their sporting endeavours.

We sold several of Dainere’s and Jarrett’s books on the day and raised $222.55 which goes directly to the vital research projects and programs set up as a legacy and in memory of Dainere.

With our heartfelt gratitude to all who visited the stall on the day and took the time to learn more about childhood brain cancer, Dainere and the fund.  We also wish to express our endless and sincere gratitude to both CBR Massge for suggesting Dainere’s Rainbow as a Charity for the event and to Tennis ACT for having us there.


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We are truly humbled, grateful, and overjoyed to announce that the Dainere’s Rainbow Team were able to give the truly special and meaningful gift of hope to every child diagnosed with brain cancer in Canberra and all around Australia through our Christmas Lights and Stalls, elevating significant and impactful awareness and raising a phenomenal total of $2593.40.

The annual Dainere’s Rainbow Christmas Lights in 2023, was eleven (11) years of giving the Community the gift of joy, love, light and hope whilst raising awareness and funds for children diagnosed with brain cancer.

After losing many lights of the past few years there were some special and captivating new additions; which many of the visitors to the lights were in awe of and thought were extraordinary, they were also surprised and enjoyed photographic opportunities with Santa and the sleigh on the porch.  There was a wonderful surprise for all those who visited and took the time to walk up to view the lights of a teddy bear to bring cuddles for years to come, this simple act brought so much joy to our visitors hearts.

We must make special mention of the absolutely extraordinary Brad, Julie and Brayden, whose magnificent and alluring Christmas Lights shone brightly in Ngunnawal and their act of incredible kindness for having a collection tin with donations to go to Dainere’s Rainbow at his display.

In 2023 we were also able to have the spectacular stalls, which were also Dainere’s creation and something she put numerous hours into and ourselves with the help of some utterly amazing, creative, and caring people. Several families with beaming smiles, took home items to treasure, including Anthony Christmas Bear Book by Jarrett Anthoney, a Book and Bag Pack, Christmas Candle Holders, Clothing, Cushions, Cards, toys, games, craft kits, ornaments, household items, collectables or jewellery knowing that they had contributed to making a difference and bringing the gift of hope for Christmas.

We wish to extend our most heartfelt and sincere gratitude to several people: Patricia for her most stunning handmade Christmas Cards; Monique, Mark and Annie and Ellen for the beautiful brand new/unused/unwanted items to sell; Bron for the beautiful rainbow earrings, Alba for her gorgeous Christmas Craft, Wendy for her delightful handmade items, Ruby Red Christmas for their splendiferous Christmas Ornaments, Amy for several incredible items, John, Bernadette, Anabelle and Madeleine for their decorations for the display and to those in the Community who visited the lights, purchased from the stalls, made a coin donation and those who wanted to learn more and how they could help raise more awareness.

Together we can continue to bring hope and create change for children diagnosed with brain tumours and one day see Dainere’s greatest wish in life of a cure become a reality.

We hope to see you again and raise even more awareness and funds for Christmas 2024.

2023 Andante Andante ABBA Choir Christmas Fundraiser

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On Sunday 3 December, a special musical event was held in the beautiful St Columba’s Uniting Church in Braddon by the Andante Andante (Abba) choir. This annual event raises much needed funds for Dainere’s Rainbow and the Choir considers this event the most special in their calendar of performances. The Choir has a long association with Dainere’s Rainbow and long may this continue!

Along with the popular and groovy Abba songs, the Choir also sang Christmas carols in the spirit of the season, along with very enthusiastic audience participation! And as always, the singing of Silent Night was very special, and brought a tear to many eyes. The Choir is truly fortunate to have the amazingly talented Katie, the choir Musical Director and musical accompanist Katrina on piano and bass guitar, and Jessie who accompanied the choir with special parts on trumpet and recorder and Nick who played bass guitar and the bass recorder.

The evening was topped off by a raffle prize event that had so many generous giveaways, and a good supper with lots of homemade goodies provided by so many choir members! We are very glad that this evening raised $1130 and feel very humbled to think that every dollar is donated to the tireless work of Dr Ziegler and his research team and that we are contributing in some way towards the dedication and untiring efforts of Team Dainere’s Rainbow! – Chitra Andante Andante ABBA Choir

Dramatic Productions Making a Dramatic Difference for Children Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

West Side Story And Dainere's Rainbow

Dramatic Productions during October presented audiences with their truly spectacular, poignant and truly moving show of West Side Story.

“From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time.”

Those who attended the show were absolutely blown away by the quality, powerful and talented performers, the production, the musical score and the carefully constructed props. Many teary eyes as the performances ended regularly to a standing ovation which was so highly deserved.

As part of each of Dramatic Productions Shows they support local Charities and Dainere’s Rainbow was so extremely honoured, humbled and grateful to have been selection as one to receive ten percent of ticket sales from our allocated performance, an amazing total of $602.00 was raised and has gone directly to the childhood brain cancer research projects and programs set up in memory of and as a legacy Dainere to support children in Canberra and around Australia diagnosed with this number one disease killer of children.

With our heartfelt gratitude to Richard and the Team from Dramatic Productions for all they do to make a difference for others as well as bringing the opportunity to experience the joy of Theatre to the Canberra Community.  Keep watching for their next big show announcement for 2024.

West Side Story And Dainere's Rainbow

Spectacular Sutton Village Country Markets

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As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on 10th September Dainere’s Rainbow Team were so fortunate and humbled to have a stall at the Sutton Village Country Markets.

We were able to raise considerable awareness of not only Childhood Cancer Awareness Month which so many people were not aware of and also childhood brain cancer which many people found the statistics and facts shocking, totally dreadful and asked why more is not been done.

We are extremely proud and grateful to announce that a grand total of $200.50 was raised through the sales of handmade items and Dainere’s Rainbow gift items. One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to the research projects and programs set up in memory of and as a legacy to Dainere to bring hope and create change for children in Canberra and across Australia diagnosed with brain cancer.

With our heartfelt and endless gratitude to Sandie and Yolanda the organisers of the Sutton Village Country Markets , to the extremely talented and creative Patricia, Wendy, Cecily, Mark and Monique, Nalani and Sam and Jarrett who contributed astounding and beautiful handmade items or gifts for people to purchase and to those who attended and visited the Dainere’s Rainbow Stall.

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Family Med

Dainere’s Rainbow was established in memory of and as a legacy to inspiring local Canberran Dainere Anthoney, who died from brain cancer aged fifteen.  Dainere’s Rainbow are dedicated to elevating significant awareness of childhood brain cancer within the community, raising funds to support brain cancer research and advocate for greater knowledge, education and support for children and their families diagnosed with brain cancer.

This September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are launching a new initiative to provide families with valuable assistance when faced with the unimaginable diagnosis of their child or sibling with brain cancer.

The new ‘Families’ section on the Dainere’s Rainbow website (produced by TransitGraphics) is an invaluable resource to assist families:  providing information on Symptoms; the treatment team; statistics and facts; procedures a child with brain cancer may undergo; specific brain tumours and an A-Z of common words associated with brain cancers and treatment.

Dainere’s Rainbow founder’s Yvonne, Stephen, Nalani and Jarrett Anthoney who have authored the content on the website from their own experience said:

“Until you are faced with the unimaginable diagnosis of your child having cancer, you are not aware of the immeasurable impact it can have on your entire family unit”.

“Childhood cancer is not easy to face or speak about, however If you chose to look the other way, another child will tragically die from this horrendous disease”.

“We need to be the voices for all the children who no longer can raise theirs because they have been the victims of childhood cancer”.

“You are not alone, the childhood cancer journey is a roller coaster, life will never be the same, however through this initiative we hope to provide a source of support along the way”

Yvonne Anthony shared a quote that was sent to the family when Dainere was fighting so hard.

“Children with cancer are like candles in the wind who accept the possibility that they are in danger of being extinguished by a gust of wind from nowhere and yet, as they flicker and dance to remain alive, their brilliance challenges the darkness and dazzles those of us who watch their light”.

John Mikita, Patron of Dainere’s Rainbow believes the website is a significant step forward to help families in Canberra deal with the stresses and emotional upheaval of having their child diagnosed with cancer.

The website will allow families to step through what they are likely to experience, and hopefully make their journey easier to cope with having the facts at hand and easily accessible in one place. There are currently no medical facilities available for Canberra families without having to make the arduous journey to Sydney and it can be quite daunting going outside of your local area and home to undertake the tests, treatments and recovery Mr Mikita says.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was first proclaimed by former US President Obama in 2010. Since then, it has become a global initiative, raising awareness for childhood cancer.

The Gold Ribbon is the International Awareness Symbol of Childhood Cancer, with gold being the international colour of childhood cancer awareness.

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Childhood Cancer Statistics

  • Each year, more than 1,000 children and adolescents in Australia – and 300,000 children worldwide – are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Brain Cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia.
  • When a child dies from cancer, an average 70 potential years of life are lost.
  • Every week, about three children and adolescents in Australia – and 1,500 children worldwide – die from cancer.
  • 70% of children who survive cancer suffer long-term effects from their treatment.

Source: Children’s Cancer Institute 2021

Further details available by contacting;

Stephen and Yvonne Anthoney (Founders Dainere’s Rainbow)

0412 324 105 or 0437 448 131

John Mikita (Director/Owner Transit Graphics and Patron of Dainere’s Rainbow)

0407 008 818

Download by selecting the two images.

City2Surf 2023 Dainere’s Rainbow Team Raise an Astounding $7489

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Mark City2Surf 2023

Mark’s Story:

City2Surf 2023 was my sixth City2Surf and fifth time running for Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund. This year I was feeling the fittest and strongest I have been. I was going into this hoping to beat my Personal Best time I set at my second City2Surf back in 2017. Beating my PB would also ensure I qualify for the green group start next year. My confidence was high for this year as I have been training for a marathon scheduled for the end of September and I have just come off setting new PBs at the 5km and half marathon distances. City2Surf was to be my final running event before the marathon, other than parkrun of course.

Thankfully, we were staying at a hotel right at the start line for my wave so didn’t have to get up too early.The weather was on the cool side for Sydney with cloud cover. After leaving the hotel and joining the start group, I only had to wait 10 minutes before the start for this wave. I said to Nicole “race you” as she was going to catch public transport to Bondi as she was unable to run this year due to an injury.

With the first section being downhill I took as much advantage as I could but there was a lot of crowding. Once through the tunnel at Kings Cross I was able to start to push. I was strategic with where to push and where to hold back whilst keeping an eye on my overall pace. The downhills I pushed hard to bank time and held a comfortable pace on the flat sections.The kilometre leading up to and up Heartbreak Hill was my slowest at 6:05. A positive achievement to go strong there.

The next 4 kilometres after Heartbreak Hill are probably the most challenging as it is up and down. I got through there well but with a couple slower kilometres at and just after Heartbreak Hill I was starting to exceed my overall average pace goal. At this point the final 3 kilometres was downhill into Bondi, this section actually came up sooner than expected. It was time to push hard and take full advantage of the downhill. These 3 kilometres were run under a 5 minute per kilometre pace.As I hit Bondi at the bottom of the downhill there is a slight uphill for about 500 metres, so I backed off there to make sure I had plenty in the tank for the final 500m dash to the line. Keeping an eye on my watch I knew I had the sub 75 in the bag.

It was a great feeling to get to the final turn and be able to give a final big push to the finish line for an over 5-minute PB! In all that I also got a 10km PB.

Oh, and Nicole beat me to Bondi via public transport by just 2 minutes.

It’s always an honour doing City2Surf for Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund. I would encourage more people to get involved, whether it is running, jogging, walking or even volunteering for Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation on course.  Looking forward to City2Surf 2024.

Jarrett’s Story:

Having a race plan is something I concoct prior to the day for every run I enter. Sometimes, even after the training in preparation for the race goes successfully, the plan just cannot be executed as envisioned.

This year’s City 2 Surf was unfortunately an example of a race which didn’t pan out as hoped for me. Around 5km into the race, my body felt flat on energy; my pace was spot on for what I know I can achieve, however my muscles just weren’t happy on the day of the race, fatiguing far sooner than they typically would.

Reading the message my body was silently screaming to me, I altered my race plan – opting to ease the pace back and finish the run, aiming for 52 minutes as opposed to the original goal of breaking 50 again. I crossed the finish line of the 2023 City 2 Surf in 52:09.

Despite the change to the race plan due to my body not waking up on the right side of the bed, I thought of Dainere’s constant, courageous battle with her brain tumour. I gazed down to my arm several times, where her words are eternally engraved; ‘You have to go through a storm to get to a rainbow’ tattooed on my forearm.

Sure, the race was not a personal best, but I was still pleased with myself for pushing through the weakness my body was feeling on the day, inspired by my little sister’s bravery through her declining battle.

Not only was I pleased with the way I sensibly ran according to the feel of my body, but also at the main reason I race in the City 2 Surf every year – raising funds in memory of Dainere. I ended up raising $6930 which is the second highest individual amount of money I have raised in this event. A massive thank you to everyone who donated to or shared my fundraising page.

Without your generosity I would not have been able to achieve this amazing effort in fundraising for paediatric brain tumours.

I am very much looking forward to next year’s race, where I hope to achieve a faster time and larger total amount raised for Dainere!

Jarrett City2Surf 2023

A Night To Remember at the Groupone Dainere’s Rainbow Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball 2023

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The National Arboretum in Canberra, provided the perfect backdrop for the GroupOne Dainere’s Rainbow Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball.

The entry glass sliding doors parted to reveal a dreamy and magical backdrop to the elegantly dressed guests, this set the scene for a truly memorable evening.

The Ugly Step Sisters, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, A Fairy Godmother, Rapunzel and many other favourites were amongst those who embraced the theme, alongside the most glamourous array of Prince and Princesses attending the evening.

Whether they were surprised by the astounding magical feats of Majura the Magician, the fire out of the menu, his disappearing cards and various other mesmerising illusions or listening to the phenomenal and melodious songs, including a very special sing-a-long from Canberra’s Queen of Music, Leisa Keen, guests had the ultimate entertainment experience.

Our very own Princess Belle arrived in a Silver Fern Limousine escorted by mustangs (of the car variety) and spent the evening in many of the delighted guests Mugshots Photobooth images, which had the quintessential backdrop of a Props & Roses charming flower wall.

The Silent Auction table saw eager guests placing what they hoped would be a winning bid on the fabulous and often unique array of astounding items donated by several Community Business Partners.

There were wine bags on offer, where some of the purchasers could be lucky enough to find a surprise bonus gift card, voucher or scratchie.  The raffle tickets were a hot item with first prize of $1000.00 cash on offer, which the lovely volunteers Louise and Leanne in their fabulous pink Dainere’s Rainbow Vests so skilfully assisted guests with.

The first class and delectable menu provided by event caterers, The Ginger Group received the highest accolades throughout the evening, the five-hour beverage package was well received, especially the high-quality alcohol selection to keep the guests thirst quenched.

Always supreme, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening Captain ‘Michael Bower’ Hook not only provided an ultimate and enjoyable experience for guests and also ran the evening on time to a tee.

The meaningful and special moments of the evening were captured to perfection and with such care and professionalism by Corinne from Red Fox Photography. Which guests will be able to treasure for a lifetime.

A significant moment was at 7:25pm, as guests were remembering Dainere with a minute silence and Telstra Tower powering down and then alighting in dazzling rainbows colours especially for Dainere.

Guests sat and listened intently to the Guest Speaker for the evening Dr Sumanth, who so passionately and eloquently spoke about the research he is involved in and how we can all make a difference.

The Fund Patron, John Mikita and Ambassador Mark Scarborough, were a highlight when they shared a lyrical fairytale thank you speech which had guests engaged and entertained.  Then when the Anthoney Family spoke and shared their poignant personal experiences from Dainere’s diagnosis to what it is like today without Dainere, there was not a dry eye in the room.

The bidding on the Live Auction items were fierce and the exceptional Auctioneers Michael Martin and Kelsey Tracey from Luton Properties Tuggeranong so expertly achieved remarkable results.

Those who loved dancing were not disappointed, with Canberra’s supreme DJ ‘The Beast’ Alex Carder providing tunes that saw the dance floor full until the end of the evening.

Each guest was gifted a teddy bear to take home with them, to share with family, friends and colleagues and tell Dainere’s Story and elevate awareness of childhood brain cancer, a disease that unjustly and unfairly steals the lives of so many children in Canberra and around Australia.

It was a night to remember and to be remembered for a long time by all who attended.

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and recognition to Corinne Read, the exceptional photographer behind Red Fox Photography. Corinne’s talent, dedication, and artistic vision have consistently captured the essence and beauty of countless moments, leaving a lasting impression on all who have the privilege of viewing her work.

Some words from Corrine:

Thank you for choosing me to capture this magical evening. It was my honour and I hope I have captured the night perfectly for you.

Red Fox Photography Photographer

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Arnold & Co Jewellers

Artisan’s Nest Bodalla

Aspin Painting

Australian Adventures Store

Axxe – Urban Axe Throwing Canberra

Big W Majura Park

Blackwattle Alpaca Farm

Bill and Jenny Brodie

Wendy Bushby

Dianne Calvert

Canberra Art House

Canberra Cruises & Parties

Canberra Symphony Orchestra

CBR Massage

Cockington Green Gardens

Dendy Cinemas Canberra

DJ Alex Carder

Eagle Hawk Hotel

Lynne Edwards

John Pierre Favre

Flip Out Majura

Anne and David Gledhill

Julie Gledhill

Gourmet By Design

Stuart and Meryl Jones 

Kennards Hire Mitchell

Nalani, Sam and Ebony Kilby

Little Vintage Beauty Salon

Colin McCulloch (Bartercard Canberra)

Kylie Manwaring

Monique Mendez

John Mikita

Mitchell Lawnmower Centre

Mugshots Photobooth

Thuan Nguyen

Cecily O’Donnell

One Light Charity Foundation

Penney’s Paper Shop

Plush Play

Props & Roses

Pulp Book Cafe

Punthie’s Art


Elizabeth Rayfield

Red Fox Photography

Richard Rolfe AM

Deirdre Rose

Mark Scarborough

Mark Smith

Taronga Zoo

Wayne Warton

Margaret Wattam

WMG Legal

Good evening Ladies,  Gents and All

Apologies, the fairy godmother has just stepped out to take a call

But Ill swing a wand and out I’ll call Welcome now to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Ball

It seems only right to start with, ‘Once upon a time’

We will attempt a speech, in perfect rhyme.

It is a true wonder to see you all here tonight.

And I am hoping, just only hoping, we can get this right!

In this realm of fairytale, where hope takes a stand,

I am Mark Scarborough, an Ambassador grand.

With as much passion as Dainere, I hope for awareness wide,

For Daineres Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund, I stand with pride.

Thanks for that Mark, and with the same compassion and care,

I am John Mikita, and this purpose I share.

As Patron for Dainere, I am committed to a future.

Where no child should live with an incurable tumour.

With introductions now done, we will get to the rest

But first let me say, my how amazing you are all dressed!

With that nice little compliment, our speech game is strong

This seems to be working all right, I think we might just go on.

It is with grateful hearts, we gather tonight,

To thank all who are here, to give Dainere light.

We remember her as a warrior, a fierce courageous knight.

Who tirelessly and passionately continued to fight.

t was her goal, her one true hope that no children would suffer nor need to cope

That brain tumours in children will one day be banished

And that her memory will live on, and in do so, flourish

To do so, it’s with partners and supporters far and wide,

That tonight we ask you to be grateful for their time.

With generous spirits they’ve lit the path,

And helped dreams flourish, free from wrath.

First, to Group One, with unwavering might,

Your support shines like stars far in to the night.

With generous spirits, you’ve lit the path,

And helped dreams flourish, free from wrath.

Rolfe Property Services, we extend our praise,

For tending to needs, in their myriad of ways.

Your expertise and care, a castle’s foundation,

Built upon trust and deep dedication.

Action 4×4, our knights in shining steel,

Your sponsorship roars, a powerful zeal.

Through muddy trails and treacherous course,

You’ve driven our cause with unwavering force.

Simeco Electrical, an enchanted ally,

With technological wonders, you simply amplify.

From pixels to magic, your genius untold,

We hope that our story continues to unfold.

To the National Arboretum, nature’s grand stage,

Your majestic beauty, a treasure in each page.

The Ginger Group, with your vibrant hues,

You’ve catered for our dreams, with flair and muse.

Michael Bower our guide, during this night,

Your wisdom and warmth, it’s been a delight.

Throughout the proceedings, you’ve led the way,

Thank you for brightening our fairy-tale day.

Leisa Keen, has enchanted the air

As she has charmed the hearts of all who are here.

DJ Alex Carder, spinning tunes divine,

You’ve made us dance, like stars that align.

I’m sure you have all have met Deidra, We could talk to her for an hour,

Our hostess of wonder, Deidra Rose, you’re a flower.

And Majura the Magician, a rabbit you may conjure.

With a wave of your wand,if only it could cure!

AVL, the wizards of light, with colors and beams,
you’ve set our stage bright.

To Props and Roses, our imaginative muse,

You’ve created a wonder of flowers, no one could refuse.

Mugshots Photobooths have snapped memories to keep,

You’ve immortalized joy, in moments so deep.

Corrine from Red Fox Photography, your lens has captured our vibe.

Let’s all squeeze in your booth and make memories long survive!

Andrew from Funnell Entertainment, you’ve set hearts aglow,

Thank you for making our fairytale show.

Michael and Kelsey of Team Martin, strong and true,

At Luton Properties Tuggeranong, we thank you.

To our volunteers Louise and Leanne, our fairy-tale brigade,

Your kindness and generosity, we hope never to fade.

Thank you for believing, for joining our quest,

Together, we’ve woven a fairy-tale blessed.

Last but not least our speaker this evening

Dr Sumanth Nagabushan you truly have given this night meaning.

A community strong is what Joel Cahill knows best

And we thank him so dearly from SCHF.

As our tale draws to an end, let’s raise a cheer,

For the wonders tonight of all of those here.

With gratitude in our hearts, we bid adieu,

Our fairy-tale magic, it’s all thanks to you!

Thank you to everyone here tonight who has given up their time and of course your support. Your donations and presence tonight are valued.

Unlike other charities please be assured that 100% of all funds raised by Dainere’s Rainbow go directly to the Sydney Children’s hospital to support vital research for future generations of children diagnosed with childhood brain tumours and cancer.

An event such as tonight would not be possible without the valued support and generosity of the numerous businesses and individuals in our community.

To the dedicated Dainere’s Rainbow Committee Family:  Mark our Ambassador, Colin, Dianne, Bernadette, Bronwyn, Monique and Mark, Anne and David,  Kylie, Stuart and Meryl and Elizabeth.  You all are so generous in giving your time, passion, enthusiasm, support, and hearts to continuing Dainere’s legacy.  You are all champions of charity.

On behalf of the committee I would like to acknowledge the ongoing support John and his team at Transit Graphics provide with all the marketing materials, design and website for Dainere’s Rainbow.

And finally, to the family who brought us all together here tonight.

The level of devotion the Anthoney family have shown to Dainere’s memory, their continued dedication to raising money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and their efforts to educate other parents who will endure the pain and suffering that they did with their beloved Dainere.

You are truly significant people and deserve our most humble applause in acknowledgement of your efforts.

To end, in the words of Dainere herself:

‘my little voice could only make a small difference,
but together many voices could create change’.

Remember together WE ARE making a change, thank you and enjoy the evening.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land where we meet and work, the Ngunnawal people, and the many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Australia who have now made Canberra their home. We celebrate and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of the ACT and region.

Dainere's Rainbow is a not for profit organisation - 100% of all funds raised or donated go to childhood brain cancer research at Sydney Children's Hospital
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Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation are proud to display the new Registered Charity Tick from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), which aims to gives reassurance to the public that the charities they support are transparent and accountable. We rely on your donations and volunteering to ensure we can continue our vital work, so we want you to know your support is making a difference. Where you see the logo, it means the charity is registered with the ACNC so the public can easily find out what they do, who their beneficiaries are, how they are governed and how they manage their finances.