The generosity and dedication of our Community Fundraisers, and their supporters, will undoubtedly save lives from melanoma. Teamwork and tributes were the theme of this month, and we can’t thank our fundraisers enough!

HBF Run for a Reason

The HBF Run for a Reason is one of Perth’s largest community fundraising runs, which attracts runners, walkers, strollers and the odd elite. This year, an incredible 37,000 people participated in the event. We were lucky enough to have 30 participants sign up to support Melanoma Institute Australia, raising an incredible $18,000!

Special mentions go to Harriet McLennan, Brock Barry, Niane Mulder, Eloise Hummell, Jennifer Hocking, Jeffrey Dunning, Sue Garozzo, Patrick New & Kristian Green.

Laura and Beckie:

“At the end of 2023 my best friend and Beckie’s sister in-law was diagnosed with a rare melanoma (subclass: Spitzoid) stage 3c whilst she was 7 months pregnant with her first child so this is something we are incredibly passionate about”. Laura and Beckie raised an incredible $2,560 for MIA.

Sky McNally:

“In 2016 my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In July of that year we were supposed to run a half marathon together, but on that very day of the run he was scheduled for brain surgery to remove what they could of the tumour. Dad insisted that I still run, and  I did.

Dad would go on to fight for another five years, wanting desperately to be back out there running but his body wouldn’t allow it, eventually being wheelchair bound. It was heartbreaking to see. He passed away in November 2021. I am so lucky to have had a dad I called a friend. I miss him every day and I know when I’m out there running, he’s there with me. No loved one should have to go what dad went through.

Sky (on right) is pictured with her Dad.

Kate Tills:

“Ever since my Mum was diagnosed with melanoma in 2017, she has undergone several treatments with nothing but sheer determination. With the support of her family, friends, and dedicated medical professionals, she continues to stay strong in her fight against this deadly disease. Her inspiring journey is a constant source of inspiration for me and everyone who knows her. I have decided to support the Melanoma Institute Australia by participating in the HBF Run for a Reason and raising money for their mission to achieve zero deaths from melanoma. As part of this event, I will be running a half-marathon.”

Kate (on right) with her Mum and sister, raised an absolutely incredible $12,887 for MIA, in support of her beautiful mum, Sally.

Sally’s Soldiers:

“We are putting together a team to fundraise for the Melanoma Institute Australia. A dear friend of ours, Kate, has been affected by this cancer as her Mum (the beautiful Sal) has been battling melanoma since 2017. We are running to support Kate and Sal and their family, and hopefully raise some money along the way. Kate being the legend she is, is going to tackle the half marathon. Whilst our team will mostly be running the 12km.”

Muirfield Annual Golf Charity Day

The Muirfield annual golf charity day was held for a fifth year and raised an outstanding $8000 for Melanoma Institute Australia. The fundraiser, which included  a day of golf, raffles & a cake stall, was held in support of members and their families affected by skin cancer. Thank you for your amazing ongoing support! We are so grateful.

Runaway Noosa Marathon

The world-famous Runaway Noosa Marathon was a weekend filled with sunshine and good times. With a flat, fast and friendly multi-lap course set in the heart of the Noosa township, 75 brave MIA supporters completed the marathon, raising funds and awareness for our cause.

Special mention goes to Harriet McLennan, Brock Barry, Niane Mulder, Eloise Hummell, Jennifer Hocking, Jeffrey Dunning, Sue Garozzo, Patrick New & Kristian Green who raised funds towards melanoma research and support.

‘Woolies Wheels and Walks’ – A wellbeing initiative with Tour de Cure

Last week over thirty walkers from the Woolworths Group Finance Services at Rosny Park enjoyed a heartwarming 12km walk in Hobart as part of ‘Woolies Wheels and Walks’, a wellbeing initiative with Tour de Cure Australia that raises vital funds for cancer research.

The weather was cool, but the mood was warm, as the walkers made their way from Kangaroo Bay along the picturesque foreshore of the Derwent River to Wentworth Park and back again.

Following the walk, MIA’s Di Mason spoke to participants about melanoma and the life-saving research their fundraising will support. Di was then presented with a $10,000 cheque for MIA.

Thank you to the Woolworths community and Tour de Cure for your generous support.

In Memory 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those in our community who have honoured the memory of their loved ones by setting up dedicated fundraising pages. Your compassion and support have not only honoured the legacies of those dear to you, but have also contributed significantly to our shared mission of zero deaths from melanoma.

In this period, the following In Memory pages have been created: Jeff Butcher, Sarah Green, Ian Wilson and Nicole Goggins. Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the loss of their loved ones.

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