Take a look at some of the fundraising activities that support the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation that enables us to continue our vitally important work.
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
A private garden in the Adelaide Hills was transformed into a magical place and fantasy world over the weekend of 25-26 November 2016. Congratulations to Trina and David Sabine for hosting an incredible 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' where everyone was taken back to their childhood with such amazing props and displays - the attention to detail was quite extraordinary. But the most incredible feat was the number of dollars raised - $6,800!! Thank you, Trina and David for choosing the AMRF as your charity of choice for your most delightful fundraising event.
Remembering a Great Man
On Friday 22 July, Capricornia Correctional Centre staff in Rockhampton Qld, held their 2nd Memorial Golf Day in honour of their fallen comrade, Lyell Duffy, who lost his battle to melanoma two years ago.
The dress code was green as it was Lyell's favourite colour and it turned out to be a fun day of golf with not too many low scores! With approximately 50 people taking part, funds of over $3200 were raised from a golf entry fee, sausage sizzle and raffle. Special mention to Graham Walters who raised $1300 from the sale of his custom made wrist bands, an amazing effort!
The AMRF would like to thank everyone involved for organising this special day but in particular to Mark Eather and Neil & Natasha Many who were instrumental in coordinating the event and making it such a success.
Everyone a Winner at Melanoma Awareness Day!
It was a typical cold wintry day for country footy but it didn't dampen the spirits of everyone who attended the Lameroo Hawks Football Club for their round 8 match against their great rivals, Pinnaroo on Saturday 18 June 2016.
Inspirational melanoma survivor Ben Kerslake suited up for his old club Pinnaroo in the B Grade and they had a hard fought win. Lameroo took the honours in the A Grade.
The Melanoma Awareness Day was a great success with all footballers and netballers wearing yellow armbands to raise melanoma awareness.
A total of 74 people took advantage of free skin checks (in heated caravans!) conducted by Dr Lachlan Warren and Dr Brendon Coventry, with 8 people requiring a follow-up appointment with their local GP and skin specialist Sarah Fensak.
The AMRF would like to thank our Ambassador Glenda Thomson for bringing this wonderful day to fruition in loving memory of her son Aaron, and putting so much time and effort into coordinating the day with wonderful support received from Ben Kerslake, Lameroo and Pinnaroo Football/Netball Clubs and generous members of the local community.
Rainbow Beach Pig Day Out
The biggest thank you to the generous community of Rainbow Beach and everyone involved in organising and supporting the 4th annual Pig Day Out held on Saturday 16 July 2016, an event held in honour of Kelly Geissmann, a beautiful fun loving girl who adored pigs, music and the colour orange. While the weather wasn't kind, everyone who came along had a wonderful time at this fabulous family fundraising day!
There was so much to do and see but of course, the cute racing pigs were again the highlight of the day!
We would also like to acknowledge Dr David Smith for giving up his time to conduct free skin checks - it was very important for Kelly's parents, Bruce and Terri Geissmann that this service was provided to highlight the importance of early detection of melanoma.
On 29 November 2015, In the true spirit of friendship,10 mates undertook a 720km journey - 15km swim, 585km ride and 120km run in 7 days from Brighton to Port Lincoln - to support their close mate Ben and his young family, while at the same time raising money and awareness for Melanoma Research in Australia.
In November 2014, close friend Ben Kerslake, 32, was diagnosed with advanced metastatic melanoma. Ben underwent brain surgery where a tumour was removed, and since then has undergone radiation therapy and immunotherapy.
The boys had a truly amazing week and they said it was so great to spend the time together, pushing each other, encouraging each other and looking out for one another. Everyone was so friendly and charitable along the way and because of many generous sponsors over $50,000 was raised from this incredible, inspiring event!
And even better news is that since being on a melanoma drug trial Ben is all clear of melanoma, such wonderful news to his friends and family, particularly his lovely wife Martha and their children Keira and Leo.
Cluggo's Charity Golf Day raises the fundraising roof!
In April 2015, Gary Clugston passed away after a tough battle with melanoma. Shortly after his passing, his eldest son Ryan, at just 12 years of age, wished something could be done in memory of his dad and to also raise awareness about the dangers of melanoma and to support research to help find a cure. Ryan approached the Mollymook Golf Club, where he is a junior member, requesting a Charity Golf Day, dedicated to the memory of Gary and raising funds for melanoma research.
The Golf Club generously made the clubhouse and course available for the event and with the support of his mother Leanne, brother Blake, Grandfather Don and help from family and friends, Ryan set about gathering sponsors and supporters to donate items and funds for the event. The support was overwhelming, with rapid hole sponsorship and many local businesses and individuals donating items for the raffle and auction.
On 27 November 2015, 128 players, all whom Gary knew well, took part in a team of four ambrose event. After what has been hailed as the best day of golf in a long time, the incredible amount of $24,000 was raised!! AMRF director Mark Streeting was presented with the cheque at the end of the evening by Ryan and Blake Clugston.
The AMRF would like to express our immense gratitude to Ryan and the Clugston family for organising such a wonderful community event and raising much needed funds for research to help change the future of thousands of Australians diagnosed with melanoma each year.
Joiners Arms Hotel Melbourne Cup Lunch
The AMRF were nominated by the Joiners Arms Hotel to be the beneficiary of funds raised from their Melbourne Cup Lunch on Tuesday 3 November. Wonderful prizes were donated for their raffle and a fantastic total of $1078 was raised for AMRF. A special thank you to Meegan Weekley for coordinating the fundraising lunch and ensuring that our educational brochures were front and centre on everyone's tables.
Glenelg Community Hospital supports the community
The Glenelg Community Hospital continues to support the local community with sponsorship of the Glenelg Primary School homework/communication book. The advertising reminds students of the importance of prevention of skin cancer by using the 'Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide' prinicples. A big thank you to GCH staff members and the Hospital for your kind donation of $250 to the AMRF.
Cairns 70.3 Ironman Event June 14 2015
Tracy Buckley has been fundraising for us for the last 6 months in memory of her younger brother Ian, who passed away from melanoma 5 years ago at just 37 years of age. Tracy is herself a melanoma survivor. Tracy has so far raised over $6000, just phenomenal! Fundraising activities have included a pie drive (pastry chef hubby Terry baking all the pies!), chocolate boxes in local businesses, a beer 'n' pizza night at the local pier, a cake stall at the Cairns hospital and collection tins in the wonderfully supportive businesses in Cairns. Thank you Tracy for all of your inspirational fundraising efforts.
Rainbow Beach Community Fundraiser 2015
Lots of fun and activities galore were enjoyed by many at the 3rd annual 'Pig Day Out' which was held over the long weekend in June. Loving parents Terri and Bruce Geissmann founded this special day to honour the memory of their daughter Kelly, who passed away from melanoma at the tender age of 34 in 2012. Thank you to the Rainbow Beach community and the Rainbow Beach Parents & Citizens Assocation for supporting this event and helping to raise an amazing $4500 for the AMRF.
Brian's Melanoma Walk
On a beautiful sunny day on 15 April, Brian Hanna hosted his 2nd annual Melanoma walk at the Sands Retirement Village - Seafored in SA. Brian is a melanoma survivor and is passionate about helping to make a difference by raising melanoma awareness and much needed funds for research into more effective treatment and a cure for melanoma. Generous residents of The Sands sponsored Brian for his walk and total funds raised came to just over $500 - a mighty effort! Thank you Brian for your commitment to our cause and also to friends, family and fellow residents for accompanying Brian on his walk.
Dart Pink Week-End
For the last 5 years Sue Delaporte and Steve Murton have hosted a Pink Dart Week-End in February in Bunbury, WA and all funds raised have been donated to a cancer foundation. In February 2015 the AMRF were the beneficiaries of Sue and Steve's generosity and wonderful community spirit. Many raffle prizes were sourced from local businesses and along with the registration of many keen dart participants a fabulous total of $2311 was raised. Thank you Sue and Steve for helping to make a difference in the fight against melanoma.
Monaro Nationals - Barossa Valley
The Monaro Special Events Committee of SA recently hosted the Monaro Nationals in the Barossa Valley from the 17-20 October, 2014. The event was a great success with 270 cars on the oval and 2500 people through the gates. The AMRF was nominated by the committee to be the beneficiary of funds raised as two members of their committee had sadly passed away from melanoma. A special thank you to Josie Procter for all of your hard work in promoting the AMRF and helping to raise the wonderful total of $730 for our foundation.
Surf Life Saving SA
The AMRF was thrilled to have the opportunity to be a presenter at the recent SA Surf Lifesaving Forum held at the West Beach Headquarters. Approximnately 60 people attended from the lifesaving operational areas of SLSA, the wonderful people who get out there every day and save lives. Thank you also to Martina Kelly from Leo-Pharmaceuticals for attending with her UV camera which created great interest amongst the audience members. Many thanks also to Annie who is a melongrapher from Molechecks at Bedford Park for expertly examining moles of concern.
The Triathlon SA Annual Awards Presentation Night is a great occasion to get together to celebrate the sport and recognise achievements. The night was also an official fundraiser for the AMRF. A special thank you to the President of Triathlon SA, Chris Clohesy for choosing the AMRF as a beneficiary of your raffle, which raised a fantastic total of $600.
Care Radio CD Launch
Despite his own challenges in life Ross Hood still finds time to help others. Ross held a fundraiser for the AMRF at the Findon Community Centre in Adelaide in conjunction with the release of his CD - Childhood Memories - a tribute to his mother who passed away ten years ago. A fantastic total of $600 was raised from the silent auction and raffle. Everyone was thoroughly entertained by Corey Stewart's band - Fig Jam, and Ross even joined in on the guitar for a few songs. Thank you Ross for being such a generous soul.
Rainbow Beach Community Fundraiser
The wonderful tightknit community of Rainbow Beach in QLD rallied together to support the Geissmann family in their quest to raise funds for melanoma research in honour of their beloved daughter, Kelly. Festivities held over 3 days of the long weekend in June contributed to the brilliant fundraising total of over $8,000! The AMRF extend a huge thank you to Terri and Bruce Geissmann, family and friends, sponsors and volunteers for all of your hard work and commitment to organising such a major fundraiser for our foundation.
10km Melanoma March
What a lovely experience it was being embraced by the lovely residents at The Sands Retirement Village at Seaford, Adelaide. Brian Hanna organised his very own 10km Melanoma March around the streets of The Sands. With the generous support of his fellow residents, who rallied around him, they raised nearly $1,000! So a special thank you to Brian and the lovely folk at The Sands - Seaford, for helping to make a difference in our fight against melanoma.
City to Bay Fun Run
A special thank you to the lovely Vicky West and her family members for raising funds for the AMRF by taking part in the 2013 Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run. Vicky, her two sons and sister Amanda walked the 12km distance in honour of their mother and nanna who died from melnaoma in July 2012. They all enjoyed the day immensely and are looking forward to taking part again next year.
Kennedy & Co Foundation
Thank you to the Kennedy & Co Foundation for their generous donation of $1000 to the AMRF. Staff of Kennedy & Co Chartered Accountants raised funds by taking part in the Sunday Mail City to Bay Fun Run and holding a casual day at their workplace.
A special thank you to Golf NSW and their members for again supporting the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation through their annual International Bowl charity event. The amount allocated for the benefit of the AMRF was an incredibly generous $5033.
Special thanks to Mark Riccuito and Tom Christiansen from the Hackney Hotel for supporting the AMRF as their chosen charity at their cricket breakfast function. Michael Pratt was a wonderful Emcee and many belly laughs were to be had with Kerry O'Keeffe as the guest speaker. Michael Pratt and the Hackney Hotel generously donated numerous items for the raffle and auction in which over $3000 was raised for the AMRF.
Black Tie for Thommo - Aaron's Story - over $40,000 raised!
On October 13 2012 a very special fundraising dinner was held in the small mallee town of Lameroo in loving memory of Aaron Thomson who lost his battle with Melanoma in September 2011. Aaron's mother, Glenda, along with a wonderful group of committee members incredibly raised over $40,000 from the proceeds of the dinner, auction items and raffle. A sold out crowd of 180 people enjoyed a very special evening celebrating Aaron's life. Aaron's wish was to raise awareness and educate people - young and old - about the dangers of melanoma and make them aware of the importance of having regular health checks.