‘Team Dainere’s Rainbow’ City2Surf – Mission With A Purpose

A team of Canberra locals is on a mighty mission, to take on Australia’s most iconic and gruelling fun run in the name of a serious cause; Dainere’s Rainbow, elevating vital awareness and raising crucial funds for paediatric brain cancer research as they put themselves to the test in the Sydney City2Surf next month.

This year’s City2Surf is quite significant; in the year that Dainere Anthoney should have celebrated her 21st Birthday, City2Surf is on 11th August, which is the same date as the very first City2Surf that she and her brother, Jarrett planned together in 2013; their mission to take action, bring hope and create change for others.

“The race for Jarrett will be challenging, just as the journey is for a child with a brain cancer. I love Jarrett for doing this, he is my hero and I truly hope to still be here to give him a huge hug when he crosses the finish line.” Dainere Anthoney May 2013.

Tragically, Dainere was not able be there to give her big brother that hug when he crossed the finish line, she had her young life cruelly stolen by brain cancer just 48 days before the 2013 City2Surf.

Dainere, in a life too short, a life too fragile, but a life of tremendous influence selflessly and tirelessly advocated for greater awareness in the community about paediatric brain tumours.

Her determination and passion to raise funds for research and to inspire others with her constant message, “…together we can take action, give hope and create change…” knew no bounds and have influenced people from the young to the elderly, from those with many life experiences to those just beginning their journey from all corners of the globe. Dainere’s greatest wish in life was that no children would have to suffer as she did and that one day a cure for paediatric brain tumours would become a reality

Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease yet 90% of Australians are unaware of this. The devastating statistics of this insidious disease have barely changed in over three decades, paediatric brain cancer research receives very little government funding, research funding is reliant on support from the Community and unfortunately, because a child’s brain is still developing treatments can result in more substantial and permanent side effects than they would for an adult.

This year will see the largest team ever competing in this epic event and proudly representing Dainere’s Rainbow: Jarrett Anthoney, Mark Scarborough (Dainere’s Rainbow Ambassador), Nicole Scarborough, Michael Sliwinski, Kat Sliwinski, Shaun Bradby, Mark Smith, Natalie Gray and Emma Harley make up the phenomenal ‘Team Dainere’s Rainbow’, all local Gungahlin Residents.

Some can be considered old hands, whilst others are competing in their first ever City2Surf; together they are putting in the hard training, are creative and dedicated in their fundraising and bringing about a new awareness in the Community.

Jarrett Anthoney (24) for who this will be his seventh City2Surf says about the race:

“What amazes me is the incredible and unique atmosphere of City2Surf, it really is like no other fun run I’ve ever raced in. Even when running up Heartbreak Hill, no matter how tired you feel, the crowds support you and compel you to push through any struggles to get through the finish line.

This atmosphere, combined with the significance of Dainere and I planning for me to compete in it, to elevate awareness and funds in memory of my inspiration, my special hero and my beloved little sister, Dainere makes the City2Surf the most momentous and meaningful fun run I do every year”.

The incredible ‘Team Dainere’s Rainbow’ have an extra special goal this year; to not only honour Dainere’s prolific work, memory and legacy but to dramatically increase awareness of childhood brain cancer within the Community and work towards raising a staggering $21,000 in funds for the year that Dainere should have celebrated her 21st Birthday.

The entire team would be so humbled and grateful for any support because every single dollar given really does make a difference for every single child diagnosed with a brain tumour in Australia.

All proceeds will go to the Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund to support the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and the devoted work of Associate Professor Ziegler and his team at the Kids Cancer Centre which relentlessly seek better outcomes for children diagnosed with brain cancer. Their world class and ground-breaking research includes investigating the biology and genetics of childhood brain tumours, identifying agents that have an anti-tumour effect, and working towards treatment strategies and state-of-the-art clinical trials.

Kinky Kocktail Party

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Free Rain Theatre Company’s Kinky Kocktails

Dainere’s Rainbow are so extremely humbled and honoured to have been the chosen Charity for the recent Free Rain Theatre Company’s Kinky Kocktails, in celebration of their upcoming production of Kinky Boots at The Q (Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre).

What a truly fabulous and fun evening it was hosted by the incomparable David Cannell. Guests were treated to a splendiferous performance from Lola and the cast members of Kinky Boots, a surprise and spectacular announcement of Free Rain Theatre Company’s next production in 2020 of Mamma Mia, delicious grazing platters mingling with Lola and the cast and crew of Kinky Boots, a wonderful raffle, silent and live auction supported by smiling and generous guests.

With our heartfelt gratitude to Anne and the Team from Free Rain for their incredible act of human kindness in support Dainere’s Rainbow to bring hope and create change for every single child in Australia diagnosed with paediatric brain tumours.

If you would like to see this absolutely awesome production of Kinky Boots you can book tickets online

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Presented by Dramatic Productions as part of their Dramatic Difference Initiative to give back to Community organisations and charities. For each ticket sold to the show Dramatic Productions give back 10% to the chosen Charities. This initiative is supported with matched donations by the incredible Team from Masonicare. From the Founder of Dramatic Productions Mr Richard Block.

“I needed to find a new way to attract people to my shows. I needed to find a new way to reach the local community and engage with them. This led to me trialing two new concepts – Pay It Forward tickets and Charity Nights.

I am incredibly proud of these steps we took to give back to the community. Not only do charities gain financially from Dramatic Productions shows but we have been able to showcase the amazing work they each do through social media. Our casts also get the satisfaction of knowing that their hard work provides benefits long after the show is over and as a bonus, during the show, they get the chance to show off their talents to even more people.

This year’s innovation of a Money Back Guarantee has taken many by surprise. But it is a testament to the incredible standard that our local performers reach. And the confidence I have that once people see what their fellow Canberrans are capable of, they will not only be happy to support them, they won’t be able to wait to see what they do next!
The journey isn’t over and I have even more plans for social engagement and giving to the community. The charities I’ve had the honour of visiting have shown me that there is much more good we can do, even if it’s just through our own small part of the arts.

I’m looking forward to what comes next. Please join me in being a part of this Dramatic Difference we are striving to make!”

Dainere’s Rainbow are just so extremely humbled and honoured to have been selected to be part of this truly incredible initiative and we are proud to work alongside the Dramatic Productions Team and assist them in any way.

The show on 20th April supported Dainere’s Rainbow and had a very responsive and marvellous audience attend on the evening. They would all agree that Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery was indeed filled with fun. Laughs, twists, turns and intrigue, it was an absolutely ingenious and hilarious adaptation of one of Sherlock Holmes’s most classic stories. The cast were just astonishing and so amazingly adaptable and talented.

The next production by this phenomenal company will be The Producers with the wonderful Daryl Somers cast as Max Bialystock (Hey Hey It’s Saturday) and the show is directed by the exceptional Rachel Beck (Hey Dad) and is certainly a show not to miss this October 11th to 26th.

Tickets are already on sale https://stagecenta.com/showdetailsC.aspx?showid=5161

The Dainere’s Rainbow Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Performance
Brian Kavanagh (Sherlock Holmes), Nicolar Steain (Several Characters), Yvonne Anthoney (Charity Founder – Dainere’s Rainbow), Stephen Anthoney (Charity Founder – Dainere’s Rainbow), Michael Cooper (Several Characters) and Richard Block (Managing Director – Dramatic Productions)

Rise Above Cancer Convoy

On 31st March in Canberra it was the Rise Above Cancer Convoy. Rise Above – Capital Region Cancer Relief, provides financial assistance and support to cancer patients and family residing with them within the ACT, Queanbeyan and surrounds.

The convoy is their major fundraising event and one that has been embraced and enormously supported in the Canberra Community. This is so important as there is an ever-increasing need for assistance.

This year, the year that our beloved Dainere should have celebrated her 21st Birthday, she was honoured in what is such an indescribably special way…she (and Theodore) were on the Support-A-Truck.

It took our breaths away and there were some tears, but it was just incredible to see Dainere’s memorial on the truck: an image of her most radiant and beautiful smiling face, a butterfly and splendiferous rainbow and the words ‘loved beyond words & missed beyond measure’.

Words just simple can not express how much this means to our family and Dainere’s legacy and we are just so, so extremely and eternally grateful to Melissa from Rise Above and the Team from Screenmakers who created the Support-A-Truck artwork.

Burgmann school fair 2019

On a perfect Autumn afternoon, Dainere’s Rainbow were so very fortunate to have a Stall at the annual Burgmann School Fair.

There was a completely new set up and it was so inclusive and welcoming and it also meant that we were able to reach out and speak to so many more people this year.

There was significant interest in the work that Dainere’s Rainbow do and how people can elevate awareness.  The highlight though for many of those who visited the Dainere’s Rainbow Stall was the Rainbow Prize Wheel.

Everyone was a winner and many walked away with one of the splendiferous Dainere’s Rainbow Merchandise items, others were fortunate enough to take away a block of chocolate and the very lucky ones spun and won a gift card or voucher.

We were also able to advertise the Bal Masque Gala Fundraising Dinner and Dramatic Productions latest gem:  Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

We are so humbled by the support of the Burgmann and Gungahlin Community and are thrilled to announce that $372.00 was raised as well as awareness beyond all measure.

Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

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Bookings are now being taken for the Dramatic Productions – Baskerville Show, we encourage you to head over to the Dramatic Productions website and purchase tickets.
All tickets purchased for the 20th of April show will help raise funds for Dainere’s Rainbow, we hope you help support us and Dramatic Productions.
Ticket prices are $22 for children under 18, $36 concession, $38 Adult and Group of 8+ $34 per person.

With his deerstalker cap on, the game’s afoot as Sherlock Holmes, everyone’s favourite detective, strives to solve his most notorious case before the curse of the Baskervilles dooms another heir!

In this hilarious adaptation of one of Sherlock Holmes’s most classic stories, two actors play the roles of Holmes and Watson, while three other actors play the other 36 characters!

Don’t miss the fun, laughs and intrigue as the case twists and turns towards its final climatic conclusion!

Dramatic productions is also proud to announce the 6 local Charities for whom Baskerville will make a Dramatic Difference!

Takings from the following show dates will directly benefit :

Dainere’s Rainbow – Saturday 20 April

Givit ACT – Sunday 21 April

RSPCA Canberra – Wednesday 24 April

Soldier On – Thursday 25 April

Newborn Intensive Care Foundation – Friday 26 April

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children – Saturday 27 April 2pm

Your laughs will keep on giving to our community 

Thank you!

Burgmann School Fair

Looking for something special to do on Friday 15th March – Dainere’s Rainbow are so very humbled and honoured to have a stall at The Burgmann School Fair.

During the Year that Dainere should have turned 21 this means so much as she began the concept of having a Stall at the Fair to increase awareness of and raise significant funds for childhood brain tumours.

To honour Dainere and her truly selfless, tireless and inspiring legacy, the Stall this year will be extra special and we would love to see many new visitors as well as treasured old friends. 

The stall will have Dainere’s Rainbow Showbags, Merchandise, Lucky Prize Wheel and awareness material.

With our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to the Burgmann Fair Committee for allowing us to be part of this event.

Dainere’s Rainbow Special Morning Tea

“My Little Voice Could Only Make a Small Difference, But Together Many Voices Could Create Change”
(Dainere Anthoney 1998-2013)

Friday, 15th February marked International Childhood Cancer Day. The Dainere’s Rainbow Team, for this day organised our annual Committee and Partners Event, which took the form of a special morning tea, held in Canberra at the picturesque Gungahlin Lakes Golf and Community Club.

It was an absolute honour for our family and members of the Dainere’s Rainbow Committee to welcome several representatives of our phenomenal long-time supporters: Qcity Transit, Rolfe Property Services, WMG Legal, Transit Graphics, Regional Wholesale Fruit, Mels Massage and My Gungahlin, they are all considered truly valued members of the Dainere’s Rainbow Family.

We also have the special privilege to welcome some incredible new, interested businesses and individuals along.   Gratitude is also extended to Alistair Coe MLA for taking the time to join us and showing a genuine interest in learning more about paediatric brain tumours.

We were so extremely grateful and fortunate to have an extraordinary guest speaker; Elizabeth the CNC Neuro-Oncology from Sydney Children’s Hospital. Elizabeth presented the guests with an extremely moving video with images of children she had worked with. She then passionately and eloquently spoke about the incredible work of Associate Professor Ziegler, explained in depth how clinical trials worked and the significance of community funding through hardworking charity organisations like Dainere’s Rainbow.

During the presentation the vital importance of awareness raising and how even the most simple and smallest action all contribute to making an enormous difference.  So never think you can’t do anything.

An opportunity for questions was given and there were some excellent questions, answered professionally and in depth.   Then those present were treated to a scrumptious morning tea and the opportunity to speak with others who attended the event as well as find out more about Dainere, Dainere’s Rainbow and Partnership Opportunities for the upcoming Bal Masque Gala Fundraising Dinner.

It was such an insightful and significant presentation and we again wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended or were involved.

If you would like to know more about the work of Dainere’s Rainbow, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time via email to organise a meeting.

Call for Partnerships

As part of our commitment and a goal Dainere so tirelessly, selflessly, inspirationally and passionately worked on throughout her short life, we are honouring her wish of elevating vital awareness and desperately required funds for this crucial research to continue. We humbly invite your offer of Partnership, to help us celebrate Dainere’s legacy and give hope to other children at our Premier Fundraising Event, the 2019 ‘Bal Masque’ Gala Dinner, on Saturday 15th June 2019 at The Abbey Function Centre, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls ACT.

As at November 2018, Dainere’s Rainbow with the wonderful support of our Partners and the Community have raised a phenomenal $351,715.00 of which 100% has gone towards research projects and support for paediatric brain tumours.

For this Premier Event, we would value and are seeking:

  • Major Partnerships (Financial)
  • Platinum (Only One Available) $7,000.00 – Taken by GroupOne
  • Gold (Several Available) $5,000.00
  • Silver (Several Available) $3,000.00
  • Bronze (Several Available) $2,000.00
  • Copper (Several Available) $1,000.00

Community Partnerships are donations of goods, services, vouchers, small financial contributions or other.

An overview of each of these Partnerships for your consideration can be found on our website here, or in the below 2019 Prospectus. Alternatively, we can tailor a Partnership specifically for you.

If you were wanting to become a partner you can enquire online here, or download the form below and mail it to us.

Prospectus 2019
Bal Masque Partnership

Your Partnership will significantly support Dainere’s Rainbow’s efforts to dramatically increase awareness and raise substantial funds for research to work towards a cure for paediatric brain tumours. We believe that when united we can take action, give hope and create change for every single child diagnosed with a brain tumour; every child deserves the chance of a long, healthy and happy future.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, we would be absolutely delighted to organise to meet with you to discuss the 2019 ‘Bal Masque’ Gala Dinner or The Dainere’s Rainbow Fund.

Bal Masque 2019

2019 Dainere’s Rainbow Bal Masque Gala Fundraising Dinner

In the year that Dainere should be celebrating a significant milestone Birthday – her 21st our Gala Fundraising Dinner is themed for Dainere.  It is a Bal Masque (Masquerade Ball) and will be held on Saturday 15th June 2019 at the exquisite Abbey Function Centre in Nicholls.

The evening will take the form of the sit down elegant three-course meal with special entertainment, raffle, live and silent auction and more.  We invite you all to mark this evening of elegance, mystique and intrigue on your calendars and to watch the Dainere’s Rainbow Social Media and Website for further details and how to make table bookings.

2019 Dainere’s Rainbow Bal Masque Partnership Prospectus

Would you like to be part of an extraordinary team of people uniting to give hope and create change for every single child diagnosed with a paediatric brain tumour in Australia?

We are currently preparing the Partnership Prospectus, there will be the opportunity for Major Partnerships, Community Partnerships or a tailored Partnership.

If you are an individual or business or know of anyone who would like to be involved in supporting this premier Canberra Event please contact the Dainere’s Rainbow Team via email daineresrainbow@gmail.com and we can organise to have an electronic version of the Partnership Prospectus as soon as they are available emailed through to you or we can organise to deliver a hard copy for you or we can arrange a meeting to discuss the opportunities available.

2019 Dainere’s Rainbow Bal Masque Gala Fundraising Entertainment

Are you or do you know of any unique entertainers in Canberra or surrounding areas?

We have the most extraordinary band, MC and special guest for Dainere’s Rainbow Bal Masque Gala Fundraising Dinner 2019 but we are looking for something a little bit unique and different to dazzle, mystify or intrigue our guests especially for Dainere’s 21st Year Dinner.

Perhaps you are a fortune teller, palm reader, magician, mime, ballroom dance couple, dancer, acrobat, juggler or unique performer who may be interested in being a special part of Bal Masque. Perhaps you know of someone and are able to pass on their details.

We would absolutely love to hear from you.  Please contact the Dainere’s Rainbow Team via email daineresrainbow@gmail.com and we will get in touch to discuss the event further with you.

More information about this event will be shared soon!

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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