May was a month of marathon runs to raise funds for melanoma … and an inspiring children’s art exhibition.


“An epic adventure, with some epic people. A lifetime of memories, laughs, tough times and achievements @gibbriverrun23 is done. 7.5 days. 660kms of hard yakka running. This is not an achievement of one, but an achievement of many.” – Jarrad Bolton

Gibb River Run

Huge congratulations to Jarrad Bolton on the incredible achievement of completing the Gibb River Run in just 7.5 days. A stage IV melanoma survivor, Jarrad challenged himself to do the run as a way to fundraise for Melanoma Institute Australia. A huge thank you to both Jarrad and his running partner Katie Lovis, who unfortunately had to pull out at the halfway mark due to an injury, for their determination and passion towards the cause. Together, they raised an incredible $22,540 and spread the message far and wide.


Renae Hiscock’s HBF Run for a Reason (Perth)

A big thanks to Renae Hiscock, who ran a half marathon in the HBF Run for a Reason 2023 in Perth on Sunday 21st May.

Renae ran in of honour of family member Steven Honeywell who passed away from melanoma last year, and she raised over $1700 for Melanoma Institute Australia. Well done and thank you, Renae!


Tan24Hr Community Fundraiser

Three mates raised $46,000 for three charities, racing each other around the Tan Track for 24 hours.
Jackson Carns, Nick Crosby and Nic Benson each completed 150km over 24 hours, most of it in the rain and with no sleep! Nic was running to raise funds for MIA in honour of his mum, who passed away from melanoma 6 years ago. Total raised for MIA was over $14,222. The other two chosen charities were Black Dog Institute and Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Thank you all for your efforts and dedication. What a feat!


Red Hot Jilly Peppers

A team of 12, including Rhiannon Stone, Caitlyn Barton, Isabel Emmerton, Aimee Bolton, Alice Bardsley, Lily Bingham and James Lunney ran various distances in the Noosa Marathon, honouring Jillian who lost her battle with melanoma in February. Together they raised $15,000 for MIA.

Community Marathon Runners

We had a number of supporters running in numerous marathons for MIA in May. Thank you to Brenton Herbst who ran in the Runaway Noosa Marathon, raising $1700. Thanks also to Julie Roach for raising $362, Ben Tuck-Lee for raising $945 and Annaliisa Matikainen for raising $213 in the Runaway Sydney Half Marathon.

Private Art Exhibition (Perth)

Jessamy, an art teacher from Perth and her young art students held a private art exhibition where they raffled off a collaborative artwork, raising almost $400. The art exhibition was visited by over 100 people, and the event was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Jessamy and her young artists.

In Memory
We extend our condolences to those who have set up In Memory tributes to loved ones lost this past month, including John Chesworth and Greg Rowell.

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 Amanda on