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									Department of Education and Early Childhood
Development – Victoria
For all schools and principals

       S173-2012 ‘Kids Dream Day’ – Supporting the Isabella and Marcus
                      Paediatric Brainstem Tumour Fund

Main Points
       Victorian primary school children are encouraged to take part in Kids Dream Day to
        raise funds for world-first research into paediatric brainstem tumours.
       A gold coin donation on the day will support the Isabella and Marcus Paediatric
        Brainstem Tumour Fund to raise $5 million by 2015 to establish an endowed chair at
        the University of Melbourne with a laboratory in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer
        Centre, to conduct research into nature of these tumours, develop novel treatments
        and participate in international clinical trials.
       The Hon. Martin Dixon MP, Minister for Education, is patron of the fund and will
        officially launch Kids Dream Day at Thomas Mitchell Primary School in Endeavour
        Hills (where Isabella attended) on 8 May 2012.
       Children are encouraged to dress up as ‘what they want to be when they grow up’.

 Actions Required
        Principals are encouraged to run their own Kids Dream Day at their school on a
         day of their choice.
        Principals are encouraged to distribute the attached letter and flyer to the school
         community, which explains the fundraiser Kids Dream Day and provides details
         about the Isabella and Marcus Fund and paediatric brainstem tumours.

Critical Dates
       The Minister for Education will launch Kids Dream Day on Tuesday 8 May 2012.
       Primary school principals can choose their own day on which to run the Kids Dream

Additional Information
       Isabella and Marcus died from a brainstem tumour known as a Diffuse Intrinsic
        Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This disease typically affects primary school aged children
        and has no known cure.
       For more information, see:
       Please find attached the letter to the school community and the accompanying flyer.

       Kids Dream         Isabella-Marcus-A4
   Day-School Community           flyer

John Allman
Executive Director
Education Partnerships Division

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