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.
Please contact the Development Team for more guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view events organised by the Mito Foundation, visit our upcoming events page
Ray White New Farm Long Lunch
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 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.
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
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.
Ashwood Netball Club Netball-A-Thon
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
On 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
Nicola 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.
Mito Masters 2015 – Australian Golf Club, Sydney
17 December 2015
The second Mito Masters Golf Day was held on 17 December and was a great success! Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Jake Costello, the event raised over $35,000 for the Mito Foundation.
The day saw 36 golf enthusiasts and mito supporters play The Australian just two weeks after the prestigious Australian Open. The competition was 4 Ball Alliance and guests were treated to breakfast, an auction and raffle, award presentations, and a three course lunch at the clubhouse. Prizes included a number of exclusive golfing packages, advertising on Sky Sports Radio and Tissot watches.
We would like to give our thanks to Jake for his efforts in organising yet another great Mito Masters Golf Day, to The Australian for hosting, to all who played on the day or donated in lieu, and to the generous people who donated prizes.
Would you be interested in attending a future golf day? Let us know by emailing email@example.com and we’ll put you on the invitee list!
True superheroes of the cause!
The Immanuel Lutheran School in Gawler held a “Come as a Hero” day in October 2015 to raise funds and awareness of mitochondrial disease (mito).
Marianne Roberts organised the day in support of her hero, granddaughter Bailey, who has mito. The event was a great success with over $300 raised and students spending the school day dressed as their favourite superhero.
Bailey’s family and friends also participated as team “The Bailey Bugs” in the Adelaide Bloody Long Walk last year.
Thank you to Marianne and the students of Immanuel Lutheran School for being true heroes of the cause.
Ride for Harriet
16 October 2015
Andrew and Michelle Coats lost their beautiful daughter Harriet to mito, aged just three and a half months old. Determined to raise funds and awareness of mito, Andrew embarked on an incredible bike ride from Hervey Bay in QLD across Australia to Broome, WA.
Andrew and his support team raised an invaluable $30,010 for the Mito Foundation.
Just before completing his ride Andrew wrote:
“What an unbelievable ride this has been so far, with 1000km left to go and the finish line nearing, this little town Kununurra in the East Kimberley is a fitting time to reflect in why we are doing this. Just before New Year’s Eve 2013, our little family relocated from Katherine to Kununurra to start a new job, mum, dad, Jorja and little Harriet. Two months later Harri was on life support in Perth and we were being told to enjoy what moments we had left with her, because her perfect little body was shutting down because of a disease we had never heard of before, mitochondrial disease. Our hope is that by raising awareness of this disease and also funds along the journey, that we can make a little difference and invite everyone along the way to discuss and donate towards a cure for mito. Every dollar donated goes to the Mito Foundation, and their tireless work in funding research, providing support for mito families and education. This disease currently has no cure with 50 little babies born in this country every year with mito that will not have a chance at life and 1 in 200 people carrying the mito gene. I encourage you to visit our website
myrideforharriet.com and also the Mito Foundation website through the links on our page.
The support we have received has been incredible, I think we are $200 dollars off $25,000. This has been an incredible journey so far, and very challenging, but nowhere near as challenging as having your child pass away in your arms and be completely powerless to do anything about it. This is the heartbreaking challenge faced by mito families. Please know, that by donating to, liking, sharing and talking about My Ride For Harriet and mitochondrial disease, you are making a difference, and for that we thank you. Broome, here we come!”
Thank you Andrew, Michelle, your amazing support team and to everyone who made a donation.
Doing it for Chloe
“Chloe has mito but mito doesn’t have her” proved to be a most effective heading for her fundraising page. Chloe’s father, Dean and aunt, Katie ran in last month’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon raising more than $10,000.
A year ago three year old Chloe’s doctor detected a heart murmur and further testing showed she had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which means her heart muscle is bigger and thicker than normal. She was admitted to hospital for further testing and her parents, Dean and Michelle were told she might have a mitochondrial disorder. When they Googled the condition the three words that stood out were FATAL and NO CURE. A muscle biopsy confirmed their worst suspicions.
They now feel their job is to create awareness and raise funds for the Mito Foundation which was their reason for running a marathon. Ninety five supporters helped them raise more than $10,000. Chloe’s preschool, Play “n” Around Early Learning Centre at Illawong raised $2,000 by holding a pyjama day and a disco.
Thank you for a magnificent effort.
Magic Mike XXL for Team Mito
17 July 2015The Magic Mike XXL for Team Mito fundraiser was a huge success raising $1,364.35 for the Mito Foundation in honour of baby Archer, who sadly passed away from mito in April 2013. A huge thank you to Michelle Brown for organising the event. Well done!
“We had a great girls night out at Reading Cinema Belmont, with lots of laughs watching Magic Mike XXL, with goodie bags containing a Perth Firefighters Calender, PRIMOLife Magazine, Water, Cheetos and Lollies. 18 lucky ladies went home with prizes provided by our event sponsors.
A huge thanks to all who attended our girls night out and our event sponsors Deer Little Designs, Pandora Midland Gate, Crown Perth, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Lululemon Athletica Applecross, Adultshop.com, Women’s Running Magazine, Runners World Magazine, Miles from Nowhere wine, Feli Singkang ENJOpreneur, Swisse, Bobbi’s Pole Studio, Kmart Belmont Forum, Kmart Maddington, Woolworths Belmont Forum, and Reading Cinema Belmont.”
“We have a wishing well at our Fremantle shop, The Pickled Fairy and Other Myths. From time to time, especially near Stay in Bed Day, we put a picture of Pippa Beard in her PJs, explaining why she can no longer work as a fairy. She now has to stay in bed more frequently because of mito.
Pippa was a wonderful fairy and a valued part of our team until, when she was 19, her MELAS became active, and all her options in life became so curtailed.
We dedicate some of the well takings to the Mito Foundation”.
Stay in Bed Day 2015
As the Stay in Bed Day Season draws to a close, a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated. For many it was their fourth, fifth or even sixth Stay in Bed Day, while others took part for the first time!
It’s easy to get carried away with the fun aspect of Stay in Bed Day, but there is a serious side… Read more about Stay in Bed Day 2015 here.
The Christ Church Grammar School Sausage Sizzle for Mito
26 June 2015
The Mito Foundation is thrilled to have the support of schools such as The Christ Church Grammar School in Perth. Their wonderful event raised funds and awareness for mito!
“We had a blast organising the sausage sizzle for mitochondrial disease (mito) and it was our pleasure to support such a worthy cause.
On Friday June 26th the Peter Moyes Centre (PMC) at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth held a sausage sizzle in support of mito. Tommy Andrews, a student in the centre, lives with the disease so we had lots of support and knowledge about mito leading up the event.
With the help of Tommy and the other PMC boys, we received 406 orders for hot dogs and juice. On the day of the event we all dressed in our mitochondrial hats, it was all hands on deck to help sort the juice, cut the buns and cook and deliver the hot dogs. With everyone’s help, we had all 406 hot dogs cooked and delivered to each boy before the lunch bell even rang.
The boys and staff had an absolute blast hosting the sausage sizzle and we happily raised $1770 in the process!!!”
Stephanie Bull, PMC Teacher
Ari’s Food Safari
15 June 2015
Ari’s Food Safari, now in its second year, was recently awarded the Brisbane Times 2016 “Food For Good” award. This year’s event raised more than $24,000 for the Mito Foundation!
Read more about this amazing event here.
Five year old pupil, Hugo Barnhurst who suffers from mito inspired staff, parents and children at the British International School Phuket to run as many marathons as possible over a given time.
The determination and community spirit was impressive and a total of 22.6 marathons were achieved.
Then two days later they took part in the Run Paradise event in Laguna, Phuket under the banner ‘Run for Hugo’. Distances ranged from 2 to 42km, with many individuals running for the first time or pushing themselves to distances never attempted before. What a supportive community!
Green Tea for Mito!
3 May 2015
When four Perth mothers, who had either lost a child to mitochondrial disease (mito) or have a child with it, came together there was no stopping them. Last month Jane Cleary, Fiona Elmer, Marika Glover and Tamara Robins held “The Green Tea for Mito” at the beautiful Caversham House. The 180 guests had a wonderful afternoon with many putting their names down for next year’s event.
Perth personality, Verity James donated her time to host the fundraising event, musician Bernadine provided entertainment and Petra Vanessie (Ava Design), Holly Barker Millinery and Miglio Designer Jewellery presented a fashion show. A vintage photo booth with photographer Annette McCubbin was hugely popular allowing guests to take a ‘snap shot’ of their day home.
The mothers received incredible and generous support with more than 90 prizes being donated for the raffle and live and silent auctions. An amazing $20,054.34 was raised so a huge thank you to Fiona, Jane, Marika and Tamara.
Anna Sutherland’s three months of training were worth it as she recently completed Canberra’s inaugural CBR 100 Challenge on March 21. Her team of three tackled the 50km course not only along Canberra’s new Centenary Trail but also over three mountains – Mt Ainslie, Black Mountain and Red Hill.
Anna chose to support the Mito Foundation following her husband’s diagnosis with a mitochondrial disorder. Anna achieved two milestones – she surpassed her goal of raising $1,500 for research and completed the challenge in under 14 hours. Well done, Anna and team and thank you for your tremendous fundraising efforts!
Three Spoons Cafe (a long time Mito Foundation supporter), held a breakfast morning for its customers to raise funds for mito!
Sisters, Pat and Pam (left), who run the café in Sydney’s Concord West, served delicious bacon and egg rolls and coffee to their customers.
The morning was a GREAT success, with over $2,000 being raised! Thank you for your continued support!
Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club Annual Charity Day
8 September 2014
Each year the Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club hold an annual charity day, where club members play bowls to raise much needed funds for charity. This year the club chose to raise funds for the Mito Foundation at a fun-filled event held on 8 September.
Club member, Kay Chester is passionate about the cause as her granddaughter, Eden suffers from the disease. This spurred the Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club members on in their fundraising efforts for the big day, and as a result a record sum of nearly five thousand dollars was raised!
The Mito Foundation extends a huge thank you to the Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club for their fabulous fundraising efforts.
High Tea at Franklin Villa, Brisbane
4 May 2014
The recent High Tea held at Franklin Villa, Brisbane was a swept up affair. About 80 or so guests enjoyed a glass of champagne on arrival followed by a selection of teas, sandwiches, dainty cakes and biscuits. Laura Wyatt organised the event to support her friends, Emma and Richard who had lost their one year old son to mitochondrial disease last year. Local businesses donated raffle and lucky door prizes, and well over two thousand dollars was raised for the Mito Foundation. Thank you Laura.
Avalon Quilt Show, Sydney
7-8 March 2014
More than 800 people enjoyed the Avalon Quilters’ exhibition on Sydney’s northern beaches on 7 and 8 March. The group, which held its first tiny show in 1983, had more than 60 quilts, mostly made by members, on display. The exhibition included quilts collected on overseas travels and a stall of quality handcrafted items.
Local resident, Meredith Inskster (pictured) was delighted to have the winning ticket in the draw for the magnificent Josephine Bennett Quilt.
Thank you Avalon Quilters for your ongoing support.
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Melbourne Cup Luncheon 2013
Over the last ten years Perth’s Freshwater Bay Royal Yacht Club (RFBYC) has raised nearly $200,000 for charity at its annual Melbourne Cup Luncheons. Members and their guests enjoy a wonderful lunch while knowing they’re contributing to well deserving causes. The Mito Foundation was chosen for the second year running as the club’s chosen charity!
A huge thank you to the RFBYC for its ongoing support at the luncheon which was hosted on 5 November 2013 – we are thrilled to hear the lunch was a great success!
Mito Masters 2013 – Australian Golf Club, Sydney
31 October 2013
The inaugural Mito Masters Charity Golf Day, which was held at The Australian Golf Club, was a sell out event and a huge success!
Avid golfers began their day with an early breakfast followed by a shotgun start at 7.30am. The competition was an Irish Four Ball – the best two scores of the four players on each hole were combined for a winner. After the round of golf, guests were treated to an auction and raffle, award presentations, including a stylish green jacket for the winning team, and lunch at the club house.
A huge thank you to Jake Costello for organising the day, The Australian for hosting, everyone that took part and to those that donated the fantastic items for the auction and raffle. Jake hopes to make this an annual event for the Mito Foundation and is already planning this year’s event.
West Cape Howe Wines, Mt Barker
When West Cape Howe Wines in Mt Barker, WA heard about Archer Cleary’s death from mitochondrial disease at just seven months old it wanted to do something to spread awareness and raise funds. The winery bottled and sold its cleanskin wines with all profit going to the Mito Foundation. More than 500 dozen cases were sold in two weeks raising close to $30,000 for the Mito Foundation. Thank you West Cape Howe Wines for an extraordinary fundraising event.
The Avalon Quilters on Sydney’s northern beaches chose the Mito Foundation as their charity for their annual exhibition. More than 1000 people visited the stunning quilt display, and proceeds from its raffle of a quilt and admissions went to the Mito Foundation.
Our sincerest thanks to the Avalon Quilters!