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A PHILLIP Island charity is set to reach the ma-
jor milestone of raising $1 million at this year’s
Moto Grand Prix.
You Are My Sunshine (YAMS) Foundation –
which this year marks its fifth and final year as the
official charity of the Australian Motorcycle GP – is
$52,000 off its target of $1 million.
YAMS Foundation chairperson Jude Donahoo
established the non-profit organisation in 2009
in memory of her beloved granddaughter Khalilla,
who was tragically lost to neuroblastoma, a deadly
Jude said when she started the charity she
vowed to reach $1 million, a target which is likely
to be exceeded following this weekend’s three-day
event, where about 100 volunteers will rattle tins
and sell raffle tickets.
“The Grand Prix usually only has an official
charity for one year so it’s been an extraordinary
partnership for us,” Jude said.
“They love the fact we’re local and raise so much
money all through volunteers.
“The bikers have been incredibly generous over
the years. I have a huge sign at our table at the
expo at the circuit which says “thank you, we
couldn’t do it without you”.
“The biggest single day we ever had in tin-rattling
was in 2012 when we took all the buckets to the
Bendigo Bank and counted $33,000 in coins.”
Jude said in YAMS Foundation’s first year as offi-
cial GP charity, they raised $110,000 and through
the annual event have subsequently raised a total
of about $360,000.
Last year YAMS Foundation sold out their
10,000 raffle tickets so this year there will be ex-
tra at 12,000. First prize is a Honda CBR1000RR,
valued at $17,999; second prize is Draggin Jeans
wear and third prize is Grand Prix Corporation
three-day tickets for three people to next year’s
This year Jude has also once again taken part in
the annual Barry Sheene Tribute Ride, with a char-
ity auction today (Wednesday 19) at the Bairnsdale
RSL. The auction will raise funds with signed gear
including gloves and boots by up-and-coming Aus-
tralian rider, Jack Miller, who is YAMS Foundation
official charity ambassador for the second year.
Calling it a day
Jude said while the Grand Prix was their ma-
jor fundraising event, YAMS Foundation continues
to raise funds through the year, from charity golf
days to online donations and hair cutting, as well
as through the support of their celebrity patron
Matt Le Nevez (who has recently appeared as Peter
Brock in a TV series) and support from island ac-
tor Chris Hemsworth.
She said with her goal of $1 million set to be
achieved, she would wind up fundraising events
after her final jam sale in the Cowes main street
“YAMS will keep going but it will be more fo-
cused on supporting families who come to us and
tell their story,” Jude said.
“If we get donations they will keep going to re-
“Once you reach a goal you don’t want to become
stale. This is Khalilla’s legacy and I have achieved
Jude, who turned 70 last week, said her proud-
est moment has been seeing the support of vol-
“I can see the smile on Khalilla’s face knowing
we got to $1 million. She’d say “good on you, nan”.
“When she got sick I told her I’d find a cure. Neu-
roblastoma is a nightmare for families. It throws
them into inexplicable despair and I want to save
them from that.”
Jude said she was now setting her sights on rais-
ing money for the local wildlife rescue.
All the money raised by YAMS Foundation has
gone to research by oncologist Dr Paul Wood, at
the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
The research program costs about $150,000
each year and Jude said the final tally of fundrais-
ing would see the research continue for three more
“Research is incredibly expensive and some-
times goes nowhere, but it shows the quality of
the work done that it was recently presented at a
global conference in Cairns,” she said, adding that
YAMS is the only organisation in Victoria with ded-
icated research funding for neuroblastoma.
“In June the research was published in the Inter-
national Journal of Cancer.
“Research has shown very promising results
over the past five years. We have had a 90 per cent
cure rate in mice and we expect those results to
translate to children.”
MotoGP rider Jack Miller said he was glad to
help the Foundation reach its $1 million goal.
“I am thrilled to continue my support of YAMS
and the work Jude and her team do. It’s a worth-
while local charity which helps make a difference
to young children that are affected by neuroblas-
Charity to reach $1m at GP
Jude Donahoo, Founder of the YAMS Foun-
dation (You are my Sunshine) is pictured
with Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix
Corporation John Harnden.
YAMS Foundation volunteers at last year’s Phillip Island moto Grand Prix: Savina De’Souza,
Kerri Marshall, Pat Budge, Adam Cronk, Jess Donahoo, Karleeanne Chau, Jude Donahoo
and celebrity ambassador Matt Le Nevez.
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