A Queensland-based charity will use the power of social media to help melanoma sufferers across Australia this summer.
Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organisations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Kerry Grace knows only too well the pain of feeling helpless after losing her son Brent to melanoma in 2007.
After his diagnosis and with the help of fellow patient Daniel Belcher, Brent started Melanoma Patients Australia in 2006 to help reduce the impact on melanoma patients.
“There was nothing. No support groups. No information easily accessible about trials. No way to chat to other people with a lived experience of melanoma. He was completely isolated,” Kerry said.
His legacy lives on in the work of MPA with Daniel and Brent's vision having seen over 10,000 people across all states supported in the past 10 years.
As summer approaches MPA is asking people to check their own and their loved one’s moles and to give what they can to help MPA continue to support melanoma patients.
- $10 allows five patients to receive a comprehensive guide to melanoma.
- $100 supports one patient with counselling.
- $1,500 covers the cost of training one support group facilitator.
- $5,000 funds research to advocate for new treatments on the PBS.
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the USA) and the widely recognised shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
This year #GivingTuesday occurs on November 29.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website or follow @GivingTuesAus and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
You can donate to MPA via their website, www.melanomapatients.org.au or via 1300 88 44 50. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.