We are so grateful for the generosity and the amazing efforts of our Community Fundraisers around Australia.
Brendon Browning Memorial Day (Hobart)
“Football was a big part of Brendon’s life, and this annual Memorial Day is a fitting tribute to celebrate his life and footy career with some great games, stories and many laughs, just the way Brendon would want it. I think he’d actually be a little miffed to be missing out on all the fun.” – Brendon’s wife Sally.
Brighton Football Club hosted the annual Brendon Browning Memorial Day at Pontville Oval on Saturday 24 June. It was an inspiring day bringing together the families and communities of the Brighton and New Norfolk clubs to honour Brendon Browning, a much-loved Brighton Football Club player, who lost his life to melanoma in December 2020, aged only 48.
Brighton Robins came out winners again of the Barwick/Browning shield. Darcy Gardner was awarded the Brendon Browning Medal for Best Player.
Brendon Browning was remembered fondly through the sharing of stories of his playing career and his off-field zest for life.
It was a day of AFL action with four AFL games between Brighton Robins Football Club and New Norfolk District Football Club – Colts, Reserves, Seniors and Womens.
Always a popular part of the day, the Brendon Browning Memorial Day Lunch was held in The Robins Nest. Lunch guests enjoyed hearing from the coaches of both the Brighton Robins and New Norfolk Eagles, as well as guest speaker and MIA ambassador Brad McEwan. Brad shared stories from his years as a sports reporter and presenter, as well as reminding attendees about UV protection, and the importance of mental health and caring for each other.
The auction, hosted by President Darren Clarke, saw some robust bidding and the raffle was very popular. Thank you to all of the sponsors who donated prizes including some gorgeous flower themed cupcakes by Boutique Treats.
A huge thank you to the Browning family, the Brighton and New Norfolk Football Clubs and everyone who supported.
Photos by Eliza Howlett.
Chelsea Browning presented winners Brighton Robins with the Brendon Browning Shield
Sally Browning awards the Brendon Browning Medal for Best Player to Darcy Gardner.
Brighton Robins Mens Team
The New Norfolk team
MIA Ambassador and Lunch Guest Speaker Brad McEwan
MIA Ambassador and Guest Speaker Brad McEwan
Brad McEwan in action
Maureen Browning and Brad McEwan
Andy Bennett (AFL Tas) Sally Browning, Di Mason and Brad McEwan
Andy Bennett (AFL Tas) Sally Browning, Brad McEwan and partner Cassi
Craig and Raffle table
Amazing flower cupcakes by Boutique Treats by Ange
Muswellbrook Cats AFL Charity Round
The amazing members of the Muswellbrook Cats AFL Club hold a charity round as part of the competition each year, raising funds and awareness for a chosen charity. This year, Melanoma Institute Australia was selected as the fortunate charity. One of the club’s committee member’s father lived with melanoma for ten years before sadly losing his battle in 2019.
The club created special jerseys for players to wear and auctioned them off after the game, raising an incredible $13,291. We are so grateful for the support!
CEPU Quiz Night (Tasmania)
A terrific night was enjoyed by all at the recent CEPU Tasmania Quiz Night! Di Mason shared advice on melanoma prevention and funds raised on the night supported MIA.
Many thanks to the ‘CEPU Tasmania Women’s Committee’ who organised and ran the event – a big shout out to Amanda! As well as increasing awareness about #melanoma, the night raised $4900, including a generous donation of $2,500 by the CEPU.
Isabella Martin’s Cairns Ironman 70.3
A big thanks to Bella Martin, who set herself a personal challenge & completed the Cairns Ironman 70.3
“As a nurse working in the specialty of Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, I have seen firsthand, time and time again the destruction and devastation melanoma can cause. I am also sure that you know or know of someone who has been directly affected by melanoma- you don’t have to work in a hospital to know how devastating it can be”.
Bella raised $1,915 of her $700 goal & completed the incredible challenge somehow with a smile still on her face!
Gold Coast Marathon
The Gold Coast Marathon, a World Athletics Label Road Race, is the pinnacle of road running events in Australia and during its history has distinguished itself as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.
We were pleased to have a number of participating in this event to raise funds for Melanoma Institute Australia.
Special mention this year goes to Alex & Emma, who ran their first ever marathon this year for Rhonda & Russell. Alex & Emma finished the marathon with a smile on their face and raised a whopping $3,271 of their $2,000 goal.
Run Melbourne isn’t your average run. Over the last 13 years it has grown into a movement that has changed the culture of what it means to run through the city streets. With closed roads and a fast, flat course, more than 20,000 runners descend on the streets, heading past some of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks.
Nick and Helen were two of those runners, who dedicated their run to raising funds for Melanoma Institute Australia. Thank you, Nick and Helen, an outstanding achievement!
Melo Yellow Day (Perth)
Ollie, a year 6 student at a primary school in Perth, created his own fundraiser for Melanoma Institute Australia, in memory of his dad who sadly passed away when he was just 10 months old.
Ollie and his classmates put together the fundraising event themselves, including coming up with the name, requesting students to bring in baked goods & sold yellow shoelaces on the day.
Ollie’s goal was to raise $700, however they ended up bringing in an amazing $3,400 from the day. What an achievement!!
Kristy Brown – Sausage Sizzle
Kristy’s husband, Adam, is a melanoma survivor.
In July Kristy and Adam organised a Bunnings sausage sizzle fundraiser, which was incredibly successful. Over $2,400 was raised for Melanoma Institute Australia on the day! A huge thank you to Kristy and Adam for your fundraising efforts.
Lions Club of Minnamurra Fundraiser (NSW)
We would like to thank the Board & members at the Lions Club of Minnamurra, who continue to support the Melanoma Institute Australia through their Fundraising efforts. This month, we have received another donation from the club. They have been supporting MIA through donating on an annual basis.
The funds that the club donate are raised in a variety of ways – the biggest fund raiser is the monthly BBQ’s that the club runs at the markets in Kiama. They also assist local sporting clubs when they have special events like gala days, providing services such as conducting BBQ’s, parking supervision, marshalling and event management. Some organisations make donations back to the club for these services which they, in turn, donate to organisations like Melanoma Institute Australia. Thank you to all of the special volunteers who make this possible.
We’ve had a number of beautiful In Memory pages created this month, and extend our condolences to family members & friends who have lost their loved ones. The recent In Memory tributes include Michelle Mitchell,Jacob Biddick, Dimitrios ‘Jim’ Tamiakis, Sheila Heald, and Sandra Berning.
A special mention to Geoff Young, who sadly lost his battle to Melanoma on the 31st May 2023. Geoff’s fundraising page was set up in March 2023 by his team at work, after recently being diagnosed with Melanoma. This page has since raised $35,596, which is absolutely incredible!
In lieu of flowers, Gina Savage‘s family requested donations to MIA to help continue Gina’s legacy. Gina was a strong advocate for melanoma prevention and awareness, and a dedicated fundraiser.
If you would like to organise a community fundraiser to support Melanoma Institute Australia, we’d love to hear from you. Please see our website, using link below, or email Peta on email@example.com