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.
Clinicians around the world now have access to a new online calculator that predicts the risk that a patient’s primary melanoma has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Professor Long has been appointed as an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly, to melanoma clinical and translational research, and to professional medical societies.
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
‘We are extremely proud of our ongoing contribution to the global effort to save lives from melanoma, with Dr Silva’s prestigious award proof that we continue to lead the way,'
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
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.