Marching in the twilight
26 March 2018
Week four of Melanoma Marches were sparkling, literally, with Picton and Brisbane’s first twilight March on Saturday and Sunday evening respectively. Port Macquarie and Bathurst were held in traditional morning fashion, but were also huge successes.
Brisbane was sparkling with nearly 800 participants attending marching along. The aptly named Goodwill Bridge was covered with fairy lights, adding to the ambience as Marchers passed underneath.
Picton’s Twilight March was graced with a musical duo, welcoming participants with familiar tunes and providing entertainment throughout the afternoon. Picton Botanical Gardens was an excellent location, with the community rallying a jumping castle, coffee and slushy machine, photo booth and face paint for the kids. Not only did 100 people attend, there were a lot of people sharing their melanoma stories.
The inaugural Port Macquarie location was smaller in numbers but that didn’t stop them from raising over $3,500. Every dollar counts and we are so appreciative of the support for all of our 21 locations around the country.
Bathurst was bursting with support from people Marching together to help end melanoma. The local media was there to showcase the event and it was a huge organisational success. The people of Bathurst have, so far, raised nearly $10,000 for The Big Data Project. This project is about saving lives lost through system failure: not all patients obtain care that follows best practice. A national register of key outcomes in melanoma will enable everyone with a stake in melanoma prevention, detection and care to see where improvement is needed, and enable us all to learn how to change care for the better.
We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the community. So thank you all; for donating, for participating and for raising awareness about Australia’s national cancer.
It’s not over.
We still have Melanoma March Perth to go, and fundraising is still open for another four weeks. Melanoma March is our biggest fundraising and awareness campaign. It is a time to reflect, commemorate, remember and recognise those affected by melanoma.
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