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.
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