Melanoma March

We’re marching so everyone survives.

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 funds for research to reach the goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

These are family friendly events. Last year over 7,000 people from every State and Territory supported their local Melanoma March and we invite you to join us in 2020 at your local March.

Melanoma March Sunshine Coast

Now in its second year, the bakslap team is proud to be the local event organiser for 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, 1 March

Time: 2.30pm to 6.00pm (registrations 2.30-3.30pm & walk 4.00pm)

Where: Alexandra Headlands Surf Club

Cost: $25 adults, $15 children (under 5 free)

What’s on: 4km community walk for awareness from Alexandra Headland Surf Club, along the Esplanade to Mooloolaba Surf Club and back. There’ll be live music, healthy food vans, sun smart retailers and lucky door 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 💙

Local Event Partners

Getting a skin check can save your life

Recent advances in treatment pioneered by MIA clinicians and researchers have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients. This year, more than 15,000 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma and sadly, around 1,700 will die from the disease – that is one Australian every five hours. 

Melanomas that are detected and treated early are cured in 90% of cases. So, in addition to self-checking regularly you should have a professional skin check once a year. The following are professional skin check clinics on the Sunshine Coast that can be contacted to make an appointment and support this event:

  • SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics – Nambour – (07) 5441 6666
  • SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics – Minyama – (07) 5478 4499
  • SunDoctors Skin Cancer Clinics – Noosaville – (07) 5455 5335
  • Kalowen Skin Cancer Clinic – Caloundra – (07) 5437 0807
  • Body Scan Skin Cancer Clinic – Buderim – (07) 5450 1222
  • Clinic One Dermatology & Cosmetic – Maroochydore – (07) 5443 3166

2019 Melanoma March Sunshine Coast

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 as he shares the personal impact of melanoma on him and his family and how Melanoma March makes a difference.

Raphael McGowan - Founder of Bakslap