Support for Melanoma March has come from everywhere

Support for Melanoma March has come from everywhere

12 April 2021

We have been buoyed by the wonderful support for our Melanoma March campaign, and our mission to cover Australia in footprints continues into April!

Support for Melanoma March has come from everywhere, and even as far as Ireland!.

A big thank you to so many of our patients and families impacted by melanoma who bought footprints and personalised them with heartfelt messages and dedications.

The parents of 8-year-old melanoma patient Hayden Price shared their family’s story to raise awareness about the need for skin checks, and to support fundraising for research into new treatments, like the immunotherapy that they are confident will save Hayden’s life. Inspired by Hayden’s love of wearing odd socks, his school - the Australian International School in Singapore - organised an 'Odd Socks Day' to raise funds for melanoma research. Australian schools, including NEGS Armidale and several corporates also got behind #OddSocksForHayden. Funds raised were converted into footprints.             

Thanks to research, Bert Collins survived melanoma at 101. During March he celebrated his 105th birthday and his birthday wish was ‘a cure for all’. Bert wants to encourage everyone to be sun-safe and to help fund vital melanoma research by buying digital footprints. Several large Aussie organisations supported Bert’s campaign by buying #105FootprintsForBert. These included MYER, where Bert was employed for 50 years; Weet-Bix, which Bert enjoys for breakfast every day; Bankstown Sports, one of Bert’s favourite stomping grounds and SunSense Sunscreen.             

Ambassadors Olivia Vivian and John Eales, who both lost their dads to melanoma, left their footprints on melanoma and even created videos to encourage others to do the same. 

Tasman Tourism backed Melanoma March, personalising footprints for their network of holiday parks in NSW, Queensland and New Zealand. 

Support also came from events such as individual Melanoma March walks and the #IronMan4Bob event. Bob Southwell was a legend of Ironman Triathlons who passed away from melanoma aged 91. His sons honoured their dad by recreating the first Ironman event completed by their dad in Foster. Funds raised from these events were converted into digital footprints.

Skin clinics understand the impact of melanoma and many stepped up to support, including Skin Repair Skin Cancer Clinic in Townsville – which held a public awareness event and donated $35 for every footprint purchased in the Townsville area. National Skin Cancer Centres also purchased footprints for their team.

We were touched by the many workplaces which bought footprints for team members – including Pierre Fabre, Wilton Electrical in Newcastle, Priestley’s Gourmet Delights in Brisbane and NT Major Events Company.

MSD Australia & New Zealand, American Express in Sydney and Energy and Water Ombudsman (Victoria) hosted staff events with speakers from MIA to raise awareness about sun safety and Melanoma March. Startrack Sydney hosted a fundraising BBQ for staff, which was organised by Zac El Hourani, who lost his wife Kerry to melanoma.       

Lifesavers at Bondi Beach helped raised awareness with their footprints, as did World Champion surfer Mark Richards.

Other innovative events included Janine’s Pie Drive in Bendigo, a fun ‘Mamma Mia’ night for Abba fans and a Melanoma March footprint evening hosted by Kylie from the Melanoma March Western Sydney committee.     

A big thank you to everyone who stepped up. We are continuing our mission to cover Australia with footprints into April. So, it’s not too late to support our life-saving research by purchasing a personalised digital footprint here: Melanoma March 

 

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