Stroll to raise slip, slop, slap awareness
Karratha residents joined together for a stroll across Bulgarra Oval to raise awareness of one of the biggest preventable killers in Australia at the weekend.
The Melanoma March was started in Melbourne and brought to Perth soon after by Melanoma WA.
Free skin checks were on hand at the event and balloons were released before the march with messages for loved ones who are either fighting or have lost to skin cancer.
Melanoma WA chief executive Clinton Heal said the endless sunshine in the Pilbara meant melanoma awareness was vital in the region.
“A couple of years ago we had a local family who had someone diagnosed with melanoma, so they really wanted us to come out and spread the message in the Pilbara,” he said.
“The UV is sometimes a little different so that’s why we say to people stay out of the midday sun, but you can still get outside early or late when the UV radiation is lower.
“I think lots of the local sporting clubs are on the ball already, they do a lot early in the morning or late in the afternoon.”
Event organiser Denise Dyer brought the march to Karratha after skin cancer hit close to home in her family.
Mrs Dyer said people needed to take the slip, slop, slap message seriously.
“My husband had melanoma and we wanted to try and get skin screening so we kept trying to do something to increase awareness,” she said.
After the march guests enjoyed a sausage sizzle, music and the Dampier Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service’s bubble pit.
Guests release balloons with messages to loved ones affected by skin cancer.