Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) calls Sunshine Coast residents to wear orange and join the MPA Melanoma Awareness March on Sunday 30 March at 7am. The 2.6km walk will commence at Kawana Surf Life Saving Club to raise awareness of melanoma and reduce the impact of melanoma on the Sunshine Coast community.
Melanoma is set to become the third most diagnosed cancer among Sunshine Coast residents by the year 2020, according to the latest incidence projections from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare1.
“Sadly melanoma is a very real part of life for many residents of the Sunshine Coast, including myself,” Christine Bleijie, Sunshine Coast facilitator, event organiser and melanoma survivor said.
“The outdoors lifestyle enjoyed on the Coast can increase the risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers.
“Promoting awareness of the risks of sun exposure and arming people with the appropriate knowledge to be able to reduce those risks, without sacrificing the lifestyle on offer on the coast, is something I am passionate about.”
Melanoma Patients Australia is a non-profit organisation that offers a national network of support and information to patients, their families, carers, and friends about melanoma prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.
“Melanoma Patients Australia receives no government funding, it is entirely dependent on the generosity and goodwill of the public and sponsors,” Tilly Ryan CEO MPA said.
“The MPA Melanoma Awareness March provides a two-fold benefit to the Sunshine Coast community in that it promotes awareness of melanoma whilst also raising funds to continue to provide MPA services to residents of the Sunshine Coast.
“Events such as the MPA Melanoma Awareness March on Sunday March 30 are critical to MPA delivering its vision: to reduce the impact of melanoma on all Australians.”
The 2.6km walk from Kawana Surf Life Saving Club, along the designated shaded walking track to La Balsa Park, will conclude with a barbecue and light entertainment.
To register log onto http://wired.ivvy.com/event/MAMSUN/, email ev firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07 3721 1770. The cost to participate is $10 per person and $20 per family and all funds raised will go towards providing melanoma patients, carers, family members and friends on the Sunshine Coast with information, support, awareness and advocacy services.
MPA is the largest melanoma patient advocacy group in Australia, regularly advocating on behalf of patients to all levels of government as well as hosting free regional public melanoma forums.
Melanoma Awareness March Sunshine Coast
Kawana Surf Life Saving Club to La Balsa Park along designated shaded 2.6km Walking Track
March 30th of 2014
7am Registration for 8am start
$10 per person, $20 per family
For more information or to register phone 07 3721 1770 or email email@example.com
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Kawana Surf Live Saving Club, Buddina
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