Max’s Cast For A Cure Foundation

In April 2017 when our beautiful healthy son Max was just 19 months old he started having a few nights of extremely restless sleep/clinginess and then started having trouble walking. Much to our shock he was diagnosed with a malignant Brain Tumour called Anaplastic Ependymoma.

We were rushed interstate for surgery which didn’t go very well, and the Surgeon only managed to resect about 30% of the tumour. We were told another surgery would most likely not be possible even after chemo or radiation as resecting his tumour was just too risky as it was wrapped around his brainstem. This meant Max would have a terminal diagnosis.

We made the decision to seek another opinion and went to Professor Charlie Teo. Charlie managed to get almost all of Max’s tumour removed as safely as possible, this was a huge deal and bought us 3 years of clear scans and great health post treatment.

Unfortunately, Max’s tumour returned when he was 4.5 years old, and then again at 5 years old. This type of tumour is notorious for being resistant to treatment and often returning. The best-case scenario is to remove all of it and with the first surgery.

Sadly, Max passed away on the 9th May 2021 at home in his parents’ arms at 5.5 years old. However, we are eternally grateful for Charlie for giving us 4 extra years that didn’t seem possible in 2017.

Max was the most amazing, happy, smart, kind, beautiful soul who loved life and had a bright future ahead of him which was taken too soon. Born and bred in Darwin, he loved to get out on the boat and fish. He was always eager to catch a bigger fish than dad and we want to honour his life the best way possible and to raise awareness of childhood Brain cancer.

We were grateful Charlie offered life saving surgery and gave us some hope and precious years with Max. Consequently, we choose to Fundraise for the Charlie Teo Foundation as all the money raised goes directly to research for Brain Cancer. The Foundation runs on a low-cost model that is completely transparent and is run mainly by volunteers who often have been affected by brain cancer.

They are bringing hope for a better future by funding research and treatments that can extend lives and eventually find a cure for Brain Cancer.

Along with raising funds for research we want to raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Cancer which is killing more children than any other disease in Australia.

Our plan is to run an annual family friendly fishing competition here in Darwin.


Fund Research

Raise awareness

Create a Legacy for Max

Support other families

Create a fun community event

Start a Foundation in Max’s honour


  1. Competition runs from 12pm on the 9TH of August to 12pm the 11th of August 2024 in the Northern Territory (Darwin Time).
  2. Only wild caught fish via Boat or Land-based fishing, submitted through the Track My Fish app will count and must be photographed on the Max’s cast for a Cure 2024 Brag Mat.
  3. Adult entry includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win the lucky door prize – a CF Moto Buggy worth $33k from NT Powersports.
  4. You do not need to be in Darwin to win the Buggy, Tickets can be purchased from anywhere. If you are the winner, you need to organize transport of the prize at your own cost.
  5. You need to be in the NT to fish the competition and you must be present at The Palmerston Game Fishing Club on Sunday 11th August by 3pm to be eligible for any other prizes.
  6. Ticket entry Adults $90, Children $30 Family $200 (2 adults & 2 Kids)
  7. Entering the competition is at your own discretion and we take no liability for any accidents or injuries during this time.


A family-friendly fishing competition held across the entire Northern Territory over 2 fun-filled days with all funds raised going directly to Brain Cancer Research and to help NT families in Need.

Adult entries will qualify for the lucky door prize for a chance to win a boat from Quality Marine (Valued at $35,000)

The Total Prize pool for The Fishing Competition is over $150,000.

This year’s competition has ended. You can continue to support us by purchasing an item from the shop. Thank you and we hope to catch you again next year.

Prize Categories

Biggest Barra

Mystery Barra

Kids Biggest Goldy

Species of Fish Prizes

Catch one of these species (regardless of size) and gets you entry into the Prize Draw. One entry of each species per person.

Adults (First, second, third)

King Threadfin


Golden Snapper

Queen Fish

Barra (Over 55cm)

All Money Raised will go to help Kealii Jevdenijevic and his family with his Brain Cancer treatment.

1st Prize – Airbourne Pub Tour for 4 people valued @ $3500- thanks to NT Plumbing
2nd Prize – Full Day Fishing Charter for 6 people valued @ $3000- Thanks to Dundee Beach Fishing Charters
3rd Prize – 324 Pc TTi Tool Kit valued @ $2500- Thanks to Total Tools Darwin
4th Prize – Service Voucher valued @ $1000- Thanks to Roadpulse Automotive
5th Prize – Tackleworld Voucher valued @ $1000- Thanks to Tackleworld Coolalinga
Total Value of Prizes is $11k
Permit number: MML1180


Help us fund the research to end cancer in kids. Send us a message to make a purchase

Kids Bucket Hat


Fishing Shirt






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Help raise funds towards cancer research while getting a chance to win a part in over $34,000 in prizes! Buy your raffle tickets for these bundles below.

This raffle is now closed. Thank you for supporting this year’s event.



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