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Melanoma March

We’re marching for a cure

Melanoma March is in its eighth year and is now Melanoma Institute Australia’s major annual fundraising campaign. It’s a special event held simultaneously all around Australia which brings together the whole community to remember loved ones, to raise awareness and with the aim of raising $1M for vital melanoma research.

These are family friendly events. In 2018, seeing over 7,000 people support their local Melanoma March and we invite you to join us in 2019 at your local March.

Melanoma March Sunshine Coast

In 2019, bakslap is proud to be the local event organiser for the inaugural Melanoma March Sunshine Coast. Our backyard of Queensland has the highest rate of melanoma in the world and we’re determined to raise awareness of sun safety in our local community.

When: Sunday, 31 March

Time: 2.30pm to 6.00pm

Where: Start and end Buhk Park (next to Alexandra Headlands Surf Club)

Cost: $25 adults, $15 children – corporate team registrations are encouraged

What’s on: 4km community walk for awareness from Alexandra Headland Surf Club, along the Esplanade to Mooloolaba Surf Club and back. There will be live music from local artists Andrea Kirwin & The Lyrical, healthy food vans, sun smart retailers and raffle prizes.

To get involved today, register yourself or create a team with your friends, family & work colleagues and be a part of making a difference. Thank you.

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About event organiser bakslap

bakslap is a sunscreen and lotion applicator to help apply to those hard to reach places, like your back without the messy hands. Founder Raph McGowan decided to develop bakslap on the Sunshine Coast in 2017 following the loss of his sister Tess McGowan-Chan (aged 31) to a melanoma on her back. Since her passing in 2012, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for Melanoma Institute Australia.

Learn about Raph’s story and how Melanoma March makes a difference:

Raphael McGowan - Founder of Bakslap

Why raise funds?

Research is making a difference

In recent years, research breakthroughs have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients. This year, more than 14,000 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma and sadly, around 1,800 will die from the disease.

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15–39 year olds) and kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other single cancer.

This is why we’re marching to find a cure.

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