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.
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.