Community Fundraising January Wrap-Up
7 February 2020
The first month of the year is over already and the time has come again to recognise the incredible work of our community fundraisers. 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.
You might remember Jenny Keck and her Bayview Country Picnic from our #fundraiserfriday late last year. Just before Christmas in 2018, Jenny’s daughter-in-law Amanda was diagnosed with melanoma. Jenny hosts a backyard music festival every January to raise money for a worthy cause and this year, the backyard music festival raised $1411 for MIA! Big thanks to Jenny, Amanda and MIA's Speakers Hub speaker Kristy Roberts for helping make the day a huge success.
The staff at Bub’s Famous Fish & Chips in Nelson Bay wore specially designed Game On Mole shirts throughout the month of January to promote melanoma awareness and their fundraising initiative where $1 from every fish and chips sold was donated to MIA. A big shout out to Joanne Howarth and her team at Bub's who will keep us updated on the fundraising total.
The Maudsland Market in QLD chose MIA as the beneficiary of its monthly charity raffle in January. Along with the usual range of fresh produce, plants and other goodies, they raised $270 for MIA and raise awareness about melanoma. Thank you to Adrienne English and all who participated!
Another of our wonderful community fundraisers you may have seen highlighted on #fundraiserfriday is Renee Marchment. She completed her 6to6 swim at Crescent Aquatic Centre in Crescent Head. Renee took on the challenge to swim from 6 pm to 6 am to help raise awareness about melanoma as well as funds for MIA. Not only did Renee raise over $16,500 for melanoma research, but she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ in the 2020 Crescent Head Australia Day Awards! Thank you and well done, Renee.
Also on the food theme, Fullerton Health in Cardiff hosted a two-day bake sale to celebrate Australia Day and raise funds for MIA. We thank everyone there, and all our devoted community fundraisers, for their continued support.
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.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.