Cheers to Alana 2021

I'm holding a Munch for Mito to honour Alana Catton







We're all hungry for treatments and cures for mito. Munch for Mito events are our opportunity to raise the awareness and funds needed to create change. Raise a glass while you raise awareness and together let's find a cure - one bite at a time. 

Wrapping up WMDW 2021!

What a week = thanks to everyone who has been part of it - joining in Trivia Bingo, watching The Magic Bracelet, wearing green or donating.  We are so grateful and blown away by everyone's generosity.  THANK YOU!

World Mitochondrial Disease Week 2021 has officially finished, culminating with Light up for Mito happening all over the world.  It really is wonderful to see landmarks big and small light up green.  

Check out for lots of photos and the Faces of Mito stories about real people living with the realities of mitochondrial disease.

Now we move into Alana memorial mode, taking time to acknowledge he enormity of losing her to mito last year, and honouring her joy for life as best we can.

We have hit our 35km bike ride target!

Thank you to everyone who has donated...we have hit the target for our 35km bike ride.  For sanity sake we will do it once lockdown restrictions have eased so that we can see some of the lovely Sydney scenery.  

Watch this space!

World Mito Week - our timeline of events

So World Mitochondrial Disease Week is almost here.  This is what we are doing...and you can join us too!  Thanks to everyone who has donated, it means so much!  

Sun 19 Sept @4pm - join us for Zoom Trivia Bingo:

Wed 22 Sept @ 7.30pm - join us to watch Rina's Magic Bracelet.  Event details: A short film about being positive, written by 15yo Rina Goldberg who passed away from mito in 2010. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Bailee Madison, James Vanderbeek and others. Watch the trailer here:

Sat 25 Sept (evening): participate in Light up for Mito by lighting up green (in your house, garden).  Check out over 90 landmarks across the work who will be lit up green.  For those in Concord, come check out Majors Bay Road all week!

Sun 26 Sept 11am & Mon 27 Sept 12pm: join Lockdownlates with Reena.
Meeting ID: 786 2829 7533
Passcode: rph1Ma

Mon 27 Sept: today we mark 12 months since Alana passed away.  We will be having a small memorial in her honour and ask that you take a minute during the day to remember her smile and laughter in the hope that it inspires you to find joy in all the little things just like she did.

Cheers to Alana!

September 19-25 is World Mitochondrial Disease Week 2021 and a perfect time to celebrate the life and love of our daughter Alana Catton. Alana lived with mitochondrial disease (mito) for her 7 short years and passed away on 27 September 2020.

Join us as we aim to raise awareness and funds so that other families do not suffer the heartache of losing a loved one to mito.  

Plus if we raise $1,000 our family will go on a 35km bike ride!

There are many ways you can get involved:

1. Paint a Tribute Pebble - paint a tribute pebble for Alana's resting place, her street library or for your own garden.  See below for more details.

2. Join our Munch for Mito event Sunday 19 September, 4pm AEST. A Zoom event of Trivia Bingo and a toast to Alana's joyful life and the legacy she has left, while helping to raise awareness and support people with mito.

3. Join in Light up for Mito on Saturday 25 September.  Landmarks around the world will light up green for mito, and you can be a part of it.  Visit a local landmark (check them out here

4. Send someone an eCard:             

5. Donate! Your donations go to Mito Foundation to continue provide support to people impacted by mito and to funding research to improve diagnosis, treatment and cures.


About Mito:

One in 200 Australians may carry genetic changes that put them at risk of developing mitochondrial disease (mito). Mito robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure. Currently, there is no effective prevention, treatment options and worse, no cure.

Join or support our events and you too can join the global movement to get closer to finding a cure so other families don't suffer.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Kerry & Steve Turner

Cheers to Alana, hold on to the memories.


The Parkers

Best wishes Toni, Paul and Sophia, we’re remembering Alana fondly xx


Carlene Kemp

Beautiful family 💚. May you have the space to celebrate, honour and grieve a beautiful life 💚. Xx


Cheers To Alana!

Trivia Bingo event


Jessica Roberts

Thinking of you and your amazing family Princess Alana. Hope you and Leo are having the best time up there 💚👸🏻🦁


Sophia Catton

Sophia’s picnic


Trudie Harriman


Fiona Glenn

Sending love to all your family. And thank you for the pilates session today, very enjoyable!


Natalino Bongiorno


Andrijana Sarac


Gran Kay

Ha ha, you gotta get on those bikes! You can do this for Alana!


Aaron Smith


Hanika Patel


Sejal Mcdougall


Arcstudios Architecture - Daniel Karamaneas

Dear Alana, This is a small token in way to help in the awareness of Mito and to help create change and find a cure. May you rest in piece Daniel karamaneas Arcstudios architecture


Simone Fletcher

You are truly inspiring Toni. Much love to you and your family.


Little Achievers Occupational Therapy



I want to see those Catton legs pumping through a 35km ride xx


Tony & Margaret Edwards

Hopefully we can contribute towards a cure for all our children!


Sandra & Tim Dodson

Loads of love to you all


Alexis & Cara

Lots of love guys Alexis & Cara xo

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