The TravelSim Waratahs are once again proud to support the Melanoma March, which is building as the biggest and best yet. Many locals are well accustomed to seeing hundreds of people taking to the streets around this time of year in support of Melanoma March, an event that has been held annually since 2012.
This year’s march, on Sunday 20 March, promises to be bigger and better than ever, uniting local residents to take action against melanoma – a disease which takes the life of one Australian every six hours. A really surprising statistic is its the most common Cancer in Australia in the 15-39 age group, too many young Australians are getting diagnosed.
The money raised is dedicated to national research projects which are helping scientists edge closer to a cure and improving treatments for Australians living with the deadliest form of skin cancer.
James Economides, who lost his 20 year old son to Melanoma, founded the Manly March in his son’s honour. He said: “It all started right here in Manly. Melanoma Institute Australia has grown this event to 24 locations across Australia with like minded people who have all been affected by Melanoma like James, with 3 clear goals, helping raise awareness, remembering those that have passed and raising much needed funding for Melanoma Institute Australia.
I’m so proud we now have people marching in places such as Darwin, Port Lincoln, Cairns, Devonport and Karratha. By taking a few small steps, we are changing the future of thousands of Australians diagnosed with melanoma each year.”
The walk kicks off at 9am but crowd usually gathers from 8am, there will be live music, a sausage sizzle and coffee for brekky all available on the beach promenade opposite The Steyne Hotel.
Please get behind this fantastic, local cause which is close to the Waratahs hearts!
You can sign up for the Manly march by visiting: melanomamarch.org.au