Stroll to raise slip, slop, slap aware­ness

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr ■

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Guests re­lease bal­loons with mes­sages to loved ones af­fected by skin can­cer.

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