Lesley was, for many years, one of CIKA’s most dedicated supporters. Lesley was a great advocate and her fund raising started many years ago with her bike rides around Victoria and beyond when she very proudly wore the CIKA logo on her vest. She continued with other fund-raising activities including the luncheons at Crown that subsequently morphed into the Cragieburn luncheon. She was always the sales woman, with RCH bags or Wood Days calendars to sell.
Sadly, Lesley lost her battle with cancer on 12 March 2018. We shall miss her terribly. She had a very engaging personality and from the first time you met her you felt like you had known her forever.
On December 6th CIKA held a memorial morning tea at the RCH to recognise the impact that Lesley had on CIKA. We welcomed Lesley’s family and close friends who then had a tour of the freezer room and then went on to the MCRI laboratories.
Lesley’s husband Bill talked about the passion she had for CIKA and a generous donation of $10,000 was presented to us. It was announced that CIKA has purchased a fourth biomedical freezer in Lesley’s memory.
Footnote. The new freezer received a mention in the February 2019 MCRI Newsletter. You can read it here.