Community Fundraising Wrap Up Jan-Mar 2021

Community Fundraising Wrap Up Jan-Mar 2021

15 April 2021

It's been a while since we last recognised the generous support of our amazing community fundraisers.  The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has seen the return of some of our annual events and the start of the running event season.  We are extremely grateful to our community fundraisers who continue to support us in these challenging times so we can move closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

Our first annual event to return this year was the Erik Mather 2, 4, 6 Swim hosted by the Balmoral Beach Club. A huge thank you to the entire club and Monika Mather for raising over $50,000 to support MIA’s Erik Mather PhD Scholarship program. Despite the rain, the conditions were perfect for ocean swimming and even MIA’s CEO Matthew Browne, Medical Directors Prof Georgina Long AO and Prof Richard Scolyer, and Prof Anne Cust donned their wetsuits and joined the swim.  Congrats to all involved for another successful event!

Last year a much-loved member of the Cockburn Cricket Club Ladies Team was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma. So, on 20 February the Cockburn Cricket Club held a Ladies' Day with plenty of food, games, and prizes, plus guest speakers - Andrew Kamphaug, from MIA WA and Paige McNeil from the MIA Speakers’ Hub. Thank you to Amanda Rowe and all those who attended to help raise $6,750 for vital life-saving research. 

 

A massive thanks to 'Team Just Keep Swimming' (shown at top from left to right: Tania, Tammie, Anna and Kiara), and solo swimmer Flavia (shown at bottom, second from left, with her support crew) for their incredible efforts during the South32 Rottnest Channel Swim in March. Despite gruelling conditions in the water, the swimmers raised a combined total of $8,510, what an incredible result!

On 28 March, RunWest in Western Sydney was the first event to kick off the running season. We had 26 people representing Team Melanoma who collectively raised $1,140! A big thanks to all who participated and a special shout out to our top three fundraisers: Tara Kairouz, Lisa Duclos,and Sharon Hewitt.

Deb Guion sadly lost her husband, Omri Godijn, to melanoma shortly after his 46th birthday earlier this year. Deb believes MIA's research was instrumental in extending Omri's life by at least 18 months. Deb chose to set up a fundraising page in memory of Omri to support MIA's ongoing research in the hope of changing the outcomes for all future melanoma patients. An enormous thank you to Deb and all your friends and family for raising over $14,000.

We are so thankful for the generous support from all our community fundraisers. Your efforts don't go unnoticed and everything you do helps us move closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma, a goal our Co-Medical Directors believe we can reach this decade.

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