Supporter Events

Supporter Events

The Mito Foundation relies heavily on the abundant contributions of our supporters who donate their time, energy and skills. We would like to acknowledge and thank the individuals, families and corporate groups who have given so generously.

These events involve individuals and groups hosting their own fundraisers. As well as raising funds for the Mito Foundation, these events raise awareness of mito in the wider community – a fundamental aim of the Mito Foundation.

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To view events organised by the Mito Foundation, visit our upcoming events page

Past Events

Ray White New Farm Long Lunch
December 2018

The team at Raywhite New Farm have generously held Long Lunch events for the past four years in support of their friends Mark and Vanessa Rotolone who lost their son Ari to mito. In December 2018 the lunch raised over $100,000 to support people with mito and bring us closer to urgently needed cures.

Dream to Be @ Mount Hawthorn Street Festival
6 May 2018

Dream to Be on the green screen for mito held a stand at the Mount Hawthorn Street Festival, an annual community celebration in Perth, in May 2018, to raised awareness about mito.

Dream to Be is a Perth event started by mito mums, Fiona Elmer and Tamara Robins. Children dress as their favourite superhero or fictional character and have their photo taken against a green screen, a ‘super’ way to raise awareness about mito.

Visit the Dream to Be website to find out more about Dream to Be. Visit the Mount Hawthorn Street Festival website to find out more about the Mt Hawthorn Street Festival.

The Indie Train

21 October 2017

The Young Henrys’ Indie Train is an afternoon of fun for the whole family! The event, held at the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, Junee, will feature stalls, raffles, face painting, and rides for the kids. There will also be live music, and a silent auction.

Thank you Nicole Baldry, and Young Henrys for the support.

Date: Saturday 21 October
Time: 2:00pm. The silent auction will start at 6:30pm.
Venue: Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory

Click here for more information.

Pagewood Botany Football Club Fundraiser
5 August 2017

Pagewood Botany Football Club is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday 5 August at Jelicoe Park. The day will include games with over 800 ‘Miniroos’ kids, rides, a cake stall and a major raffle.

Club Secretary, Julia, explained why the Club is fundraising for mitochondrial disease, “PBFC is a family oriented club and when one of our family is impacted by struggles of life we try and support and help as much as we can. This year a family within our club has been impacted greatly by this disease. Cailee is a young lady who is only 19 and her family has been deeply involved within the club for 30 years. She is someone’s daughter, niece and cousin and the club felt that this close connection to the club needed attention.”

Thank you Pagewood Botany FC for your support and generosity.

Smiles for Gabriella
11 March 2017

‘Smiles for Gabriella’, a movie and music trivia fundraiser night was held on 11 March 2017.

The event raised $1,250 in honour of Gabriella Por, who sadly passed away from mitochondrial disease in 2015 at the age of two.

Thank you to Ruth Boorer, who organised the event.

We would also like to thank the event host, the graphic artist, and Glenorie RSL, all of whom provided services for the event at no charge.



Luca’s second birthday
19 February 2017

On 19 February, The Essendon Royals Soccer Club hosted a party in celebration of Luca’s second birthday.

Luca was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease when he was 10 months old. In 2016, his parents celebrated his first birthday with friends, family and the local community, and asked for donations instead of presents. Marc and Nadja were thrilled to celebrate Luca’s second birthday. The party will included kids activities, raffles, auctions and a football game.

 Thank you to the club, and the Edwards family for your ongoing support.
 Visit the event fundraising page for more information or to donate.

Ashwood Netball Club Netball-A-Thon
December 2016

The Ashwood Netball Club held a Netball Marathon in December 2016 to raise funds and awareness of mito.

The special event was held in memory of Huon (Huey) Cadman who sadly passed away from mito when he was seven months old. Huon’s mum is a long-time member of the club.

The day was a great success with 100 club members participating in five continuous hours of netball. The local member for Burwood, Graham Watt showed his support by not only attending, but also playing in the matches.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved, particularly Sarah-Jane Seedy, for raising over $2,500.

Team Ellis ‘Once Upon a Time’ Boxing Show
11 November 2016


On 11 November, Team Ellis Boxing held their ‘Once Upon A Time show’ at Melbourne Pavilion.

Donations to the Mito Foundation were collected at the event. The show featured boxers including Ryan Breese, Pratap Singh, Mitchell Clark, Abdallah Hamdan and many more.

$250 was given in donations.

Thank you to Team Ellis Boxing and Michael Toppin for your support.


Sydney to ‘Gong Mito Foundation fundraiser
6 November 2016

On 6 November, Tom Prendergast cycled 95 kilometres from Sydney to Wollongong to raise money for the Mito Foundation to help fund research and provide valuable support to the mito community. Tom has seen the terrible effects of mito firsthand, having lost his mother in law and brother in law to the disease in recent years.

This is the sixth year in row that he has completed the ride.

Thank you Tom for the support.



‘Girl on the Train’ movie night
20 October 2016

The Bloody Long Walk Sydney East team, The Balmain Babes, held a movie night to help their fundraising efforts for the Walk. All funds raised from The Bloody Long Walk go to the Mito Foundation to help us support those affected by mitochondrial disease.

Mito Foundation CEO Sean Murray attended the event, and spoke about mitochondrial disease.

Thank you Balmain Babes.

Running the Dam: The Amsterdam Marathon
16 October 2016

img_2077On 16 October, Yi Fen and her sister Zhen ran the Amsterdam Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the Mito Foundation. The pair decided to run in memory of Caden Chapman, who sadly passed away from mitochondrial disease when he was five.

The pair raised $1,247 for the Mito Foundation.

Yi Fen has written about her experience in running the marathon, and why she decided to support the Mito Foundation. Read it here.


The Bloody Long Fitness Class
19 September 2016

Thank you to Tamara Robins, who organised a Bloody Long Fitness Class at the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre to raise funds for the Mito Foundation.  Tamara’s son, Noah, has mitochondrial disease.

Gym members could provide a gold coin donation, enter a raffle, and buy green cupcakes. The event raised $1,200 for the Mito Foundation.

Thank you to Tamara, and the Terry Tyzack Fitness Centre for the support.

Ari’s Food Safari
15 August 2016

Ari’s Food Safari is an annual charity event in Brisbane that raises funds for the Mito Foundation.  On 15 August, guests were taken on a food tour of Brisbane in the colourful Ari’s Food Safari double-decker buses. The event is held in memory of Mark and Vanessa Rotolone’s son, Ari, who passed away from mitochondrial disease.

The event raised over $27,000 for the Mito Foundation. Visit the Ari’s Food Safari Facebook to see photos from the evening. Thank you to Mark and Vanessa for their continued support.

Absolutely Fabulous Movie Night

12 August 2016

The Bloody Long WalkNicola and Alex Laurent are participating in The Bloody Long Walk for a third year in a row. They will be walking in memory of their older sister Natalie, who passed away from mito in 2003 at the age of 20.

The Laurents held a spectacular movie night screening ‘Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie’, with all ticket sales going to the Mito Foundation.

Thank you to Nicola and Alex for the support.

Act for Alana Benefit
5 August 2016

Three-year-old Alana was diagnosed with a rare form of mito early this year following a long journey of medical investigations and invasive procedures. She inspires her family everyday with her gorgeous smile and contagious laugh.

On 5 August, a benefit was held in support of Alana’s journey with mitochondrial disease (mito) in August.  Guest were asked to wear green in support of mito sufferers like Alana.

The Mito Foundation was a proud supporter of this event.


Team Mito Breaks World Record
28 May 2016

Congratulations to Bernadette Benson, who broke the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance run by a woman on a treadmill in 12 hours. She reached 128.62 km, breaking the previous record by over 11km.

Bernadette took on the challenge to raise funds and awareness for mito. She joined a team of Mito Canada runners who broke two team and five individual Guinness World Records for most kilometres run on a treadmill.

That makes seven world records set for mito! Thank you to Bernadette and Mito Canada for the outstanding effort.

Hugo and Gemma’s Lime Stall
7 May 2016

Thank you to Hugo and Gemma, who held a lime stall in early May in support of the Mito Foundation.

Delicious limes were available for sale and the stall raised $35 to go towards mitochondrial disease (mito) research.

The Mito Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to Hugo and Gemma’s grandmother Margaret, who kindly provided the limes from her farm.

Margaret is an ongoing supporter of the mito cause, being a current member of the Avalon Quilters.