As a family-owned business, we have been touched by cancer. We experienced the tragic passing of our co-founder, Peter Ryan, in 1999 when he lost his battle with cancer.
This tragic loss spurred us to establish the Party for Kids with Cancer® charity fund. This is our way of giving back to the community and supporting the families of children living with cancer.
1.8 million raised for childhood cancer
Since 2000, Lorraine Lea’s Party for Kids with Cancer® fund has raised over 1.8 million in support of various cancer causes that treat kids’ cancers and help the families of children living with cancer.
All proceeds from our 2020 fundraising appeal will support The Kids’ Cancer Project and their life-saving research to find the best treatment options with the fewest side effects for children diagnosed with the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer.
Made with love and in honour of our co-founder, Peter Ryan. PJ Bear is a sentimental favourite and is the mascot. He is available to purchase year-round from the Lorraine Lea range.
We know hospital can be a scary time for a child. During our annual fundraising appeal customers can purchase a soft and cuddly PJ Bear and ask to have him donated on their behalf to a kids’ hospital ward in their state. This way they have a friend by their side, so they never feel alone or afraid during their treatment.
A contribution of $3 is also donated from the sale of every adorable PJ Bear.
Over 1,500 PJ Bears were donated to kids’ hospital wards across Australia in 2019
In 2018 more than 700 Australian children were diagnosed with cancer. Of these kids, 361 were aged 0 - 4 years old.
They’re not caused by their lifestyle, so can rarely be predicted or prevented. Kids cancers behave differently in their bodies and react differently to traditional adult treatments. The treatments either don’t work or are too destructive for little bodies to cope with. Kids' cancers need their own special cures.
That’s why Lorraine Lea is proud to partner with independent Australian charity, The Kids' Cancer Project. They’re a unique organisation with dedicated focus on bold, cutting-edge scientific research that will eventually unlock the cures desperately needed to fight kids’ cancers. Together, we work towards our shared goal of eradicating childhood cancer once and for all.