Since 2011, Melanoma March has been MIA’s major annual fundraising campaign. With over 20 events across the country each year, the March is a special event which brings together the whole melanoma community to increase awareness and raise vital funds for melanoma research.
SunSense supports the events by providing sunscreen samples to each participant, as well as pump packs to ensure they can continue to reapply throughout the day. In addition, the SunSense team attend several events to help spread the word and assist in educating on the importance of sun protection.
Jay was just 32 years old when he was diagnosed with melanoma. He was your typical Aussie bloke – a husband, dad, son and mate to many. Overnight he went from being a truck driver to a cancer patient.
Jay underwent immediate surgery and treatment. 10 years on he is fighting fit, and is now fighting for another cause. In 2019, Jay tackled his third epic trek across the country to help raise much needed funds for MIA and raise awareness on the high incidence rates of melanoma here in Australia.
Ensuring teenagers are aware of the danger of melanoma and the importance of sun safety is the mission of this new educational program run by MIA.
Secondary schools are invited to participate in the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program. The comprehensive one-day program will train representative students in the importance of sun safety and how to deliver an effective presentation. The students will then go back to their schools and, using the skills they have learned, deliver a sun safety presentation to their peers.