Community Fundraising August Wrap-Up
4 September 2019
It’s been a month since we highlighted some of our incredibly generous community fundraisers. We thought we’d have a look back at August and put the spotlight on more of the wonderful people who give up their time to fundraise for MIA so we can continue to edge closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Along with the City2Surf, a number of other running events in August had our community fundraisers moving for melanoma while they raised much-needed funds for MIA. The Sunshine Coast Marathon on August 4 saw Angela Plumb and her three friends raise over $3000 in memory of Angela’s best friend Nicole who sadly passed away recently. In the Chevron City to Surf for Activ in Perth on August 25, teams Kate’s Mates and the Mel A No More’s, and runners Brad Maff, Siobhan Lloyd and Jared Williamson, collectively raised almost $6000 for Melanoma Institute Australia. Thank you to all who participated in these events!
On August 19, the ladies of Randwick Golf Club held their Annual Charity Golf Day and nominated MIA as the beneficiary for 2019. Specifically, the $14,500 raised on the day will contribute to a Phase I Clinical Trial emergency trolley and associated training. The day was a fantastic success, with golf in the morning, then lunch, a raffle, a silent auction and a presentation from MIA Speakers Hub speaker, Julie Randall. Our thanks go out to the ladies of Randwick Golf Club.
Krista Cherry’s mother-in-law, Alison, passed away before she had the chance to meet her grandson. In a beautiful gesture in lieu of gifts, Oliver chooses to raise awareness of melanoma and collect donations in memory of his grandmother. In four years of fundraising, Krista and Oliver have raised almost $6000. Thank you for your generosity!
Peta Willard was a 36-year-old mother of two young boys, a wife, daughter, granddaughter, and teacher who passed away from melanoma earlier in the year. Her touch football team, with the support of the Manly Warringah Touch Association, is rebranding as Willard’s Wombats to compete in the Senior State Cup in December. Their training, however, started with the Pub2Pub Run on August 25, where they raised over $2000 for MIA in honour of Peta and her legacy. Thank you to Willard’s Wombats, and good luck!
Peter and Julie Mansell lost their 25-year-old daughter Morgan to melanoma late last year. As Morgan also had multiple sclerosis and a rare immune deficiency, the Morgan Mansell Fund was created by Peter and Julie to honour their daughter and raise money for the causes close to her heart. With an afternoon of trivia, something Morgan loved to do, a raffle and talks on both Morgan and the Fund held on August 25, the inaugural fundraising event for the Morgan Mansell Fund was a great success.
On August 30, the annual North Queensland Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Golf Day was held at Rowes Bay Golf Club, this year raising funds for MIA in support of their industry colleague and MIA patient, Scott Buckley. A day of golf, lunch and raffles with amazing prizes donated by the community, the day was topped off with speeches from Scott and Melanoma March Townsville Committee Chair Kayla Smith.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.