Take a look at some of the wonderful fundraising activities that members of the community host to support the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation. It is the funds raised by these generous and committed donors that enables us to continue our vitally important work.
Round For Rick - Ambrose Golf Day
Capella Golf Club in Qld was the setting on Saturday 26th October for Family & Friends to gather and play golf to honour the memory of Rick Napthali. Damien Smith and Shaun Christensen spearheaded the event and 113 players gathered to form Teams in support of this fundraiser. The Ambrose format is very popular as it allows all standards of golfers to mix and play together with equal enjoyment irrespective of ability, so a 4 ball best ball game was organised for this event. What a terrific event and made more special by having Rick's parents and brothers attend this year.
Thank you Damien and Shaun and everyone who supported this event to help make it the special day it was.
Mike, Oscar, Banjo & Belinda
Steer Mobb Running Team at Westpac City To Bay 2019
Oscar (12yrs) and Banjo (8yrs) decided that they should fundraise for Melanoma research and prevention. There had been a number of their family Members who have had battles with melanoma and the boys are acutely aware of the importance of prevention. The Steer Mobb were blown away by the overwhelming support of family and friends with their fundraising target exceeding by one hundred and fifty percent.'
Michael Stanbury- at Westpac City To Bay 2019
5 years ago my brother Richard passed away from Melanoma cancer. He is my motivation to do this. Richard was 56yrs old. I am 56 now and can't imagine not seeing my family again. So I am doing this in memory of my Brother and hopefully help others. We can make a difference.
I'm inspired by the work of Australian Melanoma Research Foundation and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Westpac City-Bay Fun Run Presented by Sunday Mail 2019.
Oct 16 - EDAA/ClipsalCharity Golf Day - Nudgee Golf Club QLD
stay tuned for photos!
T8T Fest 2019 & Mela-No-More Fundraising Shave
We wish to congratulate Shelley and Amanda Tait on yet another fantastic Music Festival at the GrandView Hotel on Sept 7 in Bowen, QLD. Once again the community, along with family and friends came together to remember Nicholas Tait, a local musician who sadly lost his battle with melanoma. This year as part of T8T fest weekend the Mela-No-More Fundraising Shave was held on Sept 8th and Robby Charles raised money for AMRF by shaving off his beard. Thank you Robby, what a wonderful way to have some fun and remember your friend Nicholas. All in all a fantastic weekend bringing the community together in memory of Nicholas and raising awareness and much needed funds for research. So from all of us here at AMRF to All of you in Bowen, our heartfelt Thanks.
Oct 5 & 6 - Open Garden - Port Lincoln
Sharon and Bevis Frances held an Open Garden Event in memory of their daughter-in-law.
'Rosewood' their beautiful garden with stunning ocean views was the setting for live music, cake stalls, plant sales in addition to strolling amongst their gorgeous Rose bushes.
Thanks to Darren and Shane at Wright Evans Partners, Phil Channon of Bendigo Bank-Pt Lincoln and Geoff Nottle of Eyre Travel for their generous sponsorship.
check the link for the story in Port Lincoln Times
The Crosbie Crew organise 'Roys Run' each year in memory of their friend Roy Morris.
Roy was an integral part of the Crosbie Crew since its earliest days and will always be one of the most loved and respected members of our group.
This year the run was held on Saturday 13th July and everyone is welcome to join in Roy's Run and the post-run breakfast. It's a fun run/walk, a light self serve breakfast is kindly donated by Kere Kere Green Cafe, in return for a minimum $5 donation toward melanoma research.
Here's a great pic of the Crew!
Lyell Duffy Charity Golf Day at Yeppoon Golf Club, QLD
This year the Lyell Duffy Memorial Golf Day was held on 21st July at Yeppoon Golf Club, which is the day before the 5th Anniversary of Lyell’s passing. Each year since, Lyell’s work mates at Capricornia Correctional Centre have organised a charity golf day in his memory - raising funds for the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation this year Lyell's wife Fay Duffy and family organised the event.
Here is a message from Fay...
"Lyell was a correctional officer at CCC, he loved fishing, pigging, camping but mostly being with his family - he adored his 3 children and his granddaughter.
It’s amazing how we went from everyday life to living with melanoma and tragically living without Lyell who lost his very short 9 week battle with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma.
We hold this event to help raise awareness and to maybe one day prevent another family having the journey we have had. We as a family find this a wonderful way to pay tribute to Lyell and raise funds and awareness of Melanoma.
It was a fun event with lots of laughs, memories shared, and drinks flowing.
Lyell’s Legacy continues in each of his family and friends."
MGA Whittles Fundraising March 2019
(L-R Kim Thackray, Paul George, Susan Brennan, Julie Calvert, May Faunt, Josh McDonald)
During the month of March for Melanoma, MGA Whittles staff from all branches around Australia were fundraising through sales of AMRF merchandise, sausage sizzles, casual days, best looking pet competitions. Adding to this the MGA staff community foundation decided to match the amount raised. An internal competition was held with Shepparton in Victoria raising the most (second time a row). See pic below.
AMRF are so appreciative of this most supportive and rewarding partnership and we look forward to the continued relationship.
Seacliff Primary School - Room 6 Cup Cake Stall
The Year 3/4 students of Room 6 at Seacliff Primary School, through their class meetings, decided they wanted to support a charity. One of the students Mum who has gone though melanoma. The students decided this was going to be their cause and threw themselves whole heartedly into orgnising the day. The parents were amazing and the cupcakes and other goodies were a real hit. It was an amazing learning experience for the students! So we Thank You for such an amazing effort!
T8T Fest returns to the Grandview 2018
AMRF would once again like to Thank the Family, Friends and Community of Bowen. Now in its second year, T8T Fest was held on Saturday, 8th September at the Grandview Hotel, Bowen. The evening featured local and out of town bands and solo artists, and a wide genre of music was performed on the night T8T Fest is an annual event that benefits the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation by raising vital research funds for the fight against melanoma, in memory of Nicholas Tait, a local musician who lost his battle just 14 weeks after diagnosis with Melanoma at the age of 34.The idea of a musical fundraiser came about at a time of grief in 2016, when his family and friends, shocked by the aggressiveness of this disease, were driven to take action to raise funds and awareness for Melanoma. Nicholas was an avid musician, and always enjoyed performing and listening to live music, and it seemed appropriate that a musical event be created in his memory. The idea of a musical fundraiser came about at a time of grief in 2016, when his family and friends, shocked by the aggressiveness of this disease, were driven to take action to raise funds and awareness for Melanoma. Nicholas was an avid musician, and always enjoyed performing and listening to live music, and it seemed appropriate that a musical event be created in his memory.
Classic Cars & Coffee in Caloundra
Happy Days Cafe owner Shirley hosted a 'Car and Coffee' morning with raffle proceeds to AMRF. People brought their hot rods and street cars to the cafe and by all reports it was a great morning. In excess of $400 was raised. Thank you Shirley.
Brian's Melanoma Walk 2018
April 2018 saw Brian Hanna host his annual Melanoma walk at the Sands Retirement Village in Seaford 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. Generous residents of The Sands sponsored Brian for his walk and total funds raised came to $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.
CPR Engineers - Melbourne Cup Lunch 2017
CPR Engineers nominated AMRF to be the beneficiary of funds raised from their 2017 Melbourne Cup Lunch. CPR is very passionate about our cause as sadly their founding Director, David Combe lost his battle with melanoma.
A brilliant total of $3,825 was raised from generous guests purchasing Lucky Squares and some great competitive bidding on the high quality auction items. Thank you to CPR Management and your wonderful staff for working so hard to ensure that fundraising on the day was such a success.
T8T Fest 2017 - in honour of Nicholas Tait
AMRF would like to thank the community of Bowen (Qld) and friends and family of Nick Tait (who lost his courageous battle with melanoma in September last year) for their unwavering commitment to bring T8T Fest to life and to raise vital funds for the fight against melanoma. We felt your words summed up beautifully what T8T Fest represents:
An idea was born amongst family and friends on the day we all said goodbye to a son, brother, uncle and friend. To the soothing sounds of the boys playing guitar and Beno beating his drum we sang, cried and probably drank too much, just to numb the pain. Between memories shared in that back yard, house and back patio, we'd been many times before but this time Taity wasn't there, an idea was born to honour a man who impacted our lives immensely. An idea to never let his memory fade.
That idea was T8T Fest. A concert to be held annually in honour of Taity and his love for music. T8T Fest is all about sharing musical talent and raising skin cancer awareness and raising funds to find a cure. On Saturday 9 September that idea became a reality and it was a great success. The positive comments and generosity of everyone were quite overwhelming and the funds raised - $1,000 - for the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation truly exceeded our expectations. Thank you to those who planned it, those who rocked out, to those who travelled near and far and those who attended to support a good cause and to support the Tait Family.
Special thanks go to the following businesses for their support - Airlie Beach Music Centre, Angus Butchers, Extreme Earthmoving, Jochheim's Pies and the Grandview Hotel. We hope you all had a great night and will be there to support us again next year for T8T Fest 2018!
On Saturday 5th August 2017 the Crosbie Crew running club in Melbourne celebrated the memory of their dear friend Roy Morris, who lost his battle with melanoma in 2015.
Roy was an integral part of the Crosbie Crew since its earliest days and will always be one of the most loved and respected members of the Crosbie Crew group.
To honour his memory, friends and family ran/walked together to raise funds for AMRF and then enjoyed a post run breakfast kindly donated by the Kere Kere Green Cafe. Everyone had a lovely morning supporting a cause close to their hearts and celebrating Roys memory with the crew.
Thank you Crosbie Crew for raising just over $2000 from your lovely tribute to Roy, just a phenomenal effort!
Lyell Duffy Memorial Golf Day
On 28 July 2017, Capricornia Correctional Centre staff in Rockhampton Qld, held their 3rd Memorial Golf Day in honour of their fallen comrade, Lyell Duffy, who lost his battle to melanoma three years ago.
With all players looking very smart in their tailor made polo shirts it turned out to be a fun day of golf. With approximately 60 people taking part, funds of $5239 were raised from generous local sponsors, golf entry fee, sausage sizzle and raffle. The total of funds raised from the past 3 golf days now stands at $9,862.50 which is just phenomenal!
The AMRF would like to thank everyone involved for organising this special day but in particular, to Mark Eather and Natasha Many who were once again instrumental in coordinating the event and making it such a success.
Arunga Park Speedway Ladies Night
On 8 April 2017 a Ladies Night was held at Arunga Park Speedway in Alice Springs. This event happens once a year where the ladies race Streetstock cars, Bomber cars, Quad Bikes and Burnouts. The boys gladly hand over all of their cars and bikes for the night so the girls can have a great time! A special thank you to everyone who was involved as $1400 was raised for our Foundation.
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.
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.