Community Fundraising July Wrap-Up

Community Fundraising July Wrap-Up

1 August 2019

MIA could not do what we do without the incredible support and effort of our community fundraisers. We’d like to highlight some of the wonderful events organised by our community this month that are helping us move closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

On July 17, the Wantima Country Club held their annual Cancer Charity Golf Day. Over 120 people helped to raise over $2000 on a beautiful day filled with golf, food, raffles, and MIA Speakers’ Hub guest speaker Raph McGowan. We appreciate the support of everyone who attended, with special thanks to Julie Van-Heythuysen for her hard work in making the day a huge success!

Beginning on July 21 and continuing through September is the Mongol Rally. Deborah and Peter Dowell and two friends are driving a battered car from the UK to Russia via Mongolia to raise money for MIA. Deborah’s sister Vicki was diagnosed with melanoma in 2011 and sadly passed away two years later. We are delighted to be one of the charities the team is fundraising for, and we will be sure to catch up with them on their return!

The Bayview Golf Club held their Annual Charity Day on July 25, with MIA as the beneficiary of the day for the third year in a row. The Ladies President, Sue Davies, is a former MIA patient, and we are honoured to have received a fantastic fundraising total of over $6000!

In a touching gesture for a friend on her birthday, Ashleigh Whyte organised a surprise fundraiser for MIA. Her friend’s mother had spent two decades battling melanoma and passed away a month ago, not long before her daughter’s birthday. With over 70 people in attendance at Kambah Inn and over $1500 raised, we are so very appreciative of the support on what would have been a difficult day.

Libby Widdup passed away from ocular melanoma in March 2017. She had always wanted to cycle along the Danube river from Vienna to Budapest, so in her memory, her daughter Margot and a dozen of her friends donned ‘Ride for Libby’ shirts and embarked on the week-long adventure in Libby’s memory. This amazing journey has so far raised over $14,500 for MIA, and we cannot thank everyone who donated to the ‘Tour de Libsta ’ enough for their support. We are blown away by the kindness of Margot, who chose to turn her mother’s memory into a way to work towards a future where no one else will have to lose a loved one to melanoma.

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“Cycling into Budapest, knowing we collectively finished a goal of Mum’s which was to complete this ride, I was filled with joy and pride. The response and support from family, friends, and MIA has been overwhelming. It’s really special to have done this journey to reflect, reminisce and raise awareness and funds, which are all things I know Mum would be proud of,” said Margot.
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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.

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Community Fundraising July Wrap-Up

MIA could not do what we do without the incredible support and effort of our community fundraisers. We’d like to highlight some of the wonderful events organised by our community in the month of July that are helping us move closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

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