Let's Go Quackers!
For as little as $10, you can support a great local charity and help Tasmanians living with melanoma. This annual fundraiser is run by Melanoma Tasmania to aid its important work supporting Tasmanians with melanoma and their families and raising awareness about melanoma in our State.
How does Go Quackers work?
Ducks must be purchased before the day. Come along on 14 October to scoop your ducks out of the pool at this fun family event. Every duck wins a prize! We'll also have a sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and soft drinks by gold coin donation. If you can't make it, we'll arrange prize collection in the greater Hobart area after the event. Buy as many tickets as you like! Note: Each ticket corresponds to one duck and there are no sales on the day so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets here:
Run From The Sun
Join Stage 4 melanoma patient and advocate Ken Harriss as he rides around Tassie sharing his story to raise awareness about melanoma in Tasmania. Ken's Run from the Sun starts at Kingston Beach and ends in Sorell with the annual Rise and Shine Bike Show fundraiser for Melanoma Tasmania. You can join the event here: www.facebook.com/events/783067758528478/?ti=icl
Run from the Sun launches at The Salty Dog Hotel at 2 Beach Road, Kingston Beach. Meet at 10am in the rear carpark for a 10.30 ride to Nubeena. We'll stop outside Banjo's in Sorell, then in Dunalley opposite the bakery, then we'll ride on to Nubeena.
Sun 17 Sep 10am Kingston Beach - Nubeena: Run from the Sun launches at The Salty Dog Hotel at 2 Beach Road, Kingston Beach. Meet at 10am in the rear carpark for a 10.30 ride to Nubeena. We'll stop outside Banjo's in Sorell, then in Dunalley opposite the bakery, then we'll ride on to Nubeena.
Mon 18 Sep 2.30pm Triabunna - Launceston: Meet at 2.30 at 9 Melbourne St Triabunna outside Council Chambers for a ride to Launceston. We'll stop outside the Bicheno IGA on the Tasman Highway around 3.30 then at St Mary's outside the St Mary’s Hotel at 48 Main St around 4.20, then at Fingal around 4.50, then we'll ride on to Launceston.
Tue 19 Sep 2.30pm Launceston - Scottsdale: Meet at City Park carpark in Launceston at 2.30 for a ride to Scottsdale. We'll stop at outside the Bridport Hotel at 79 Main St Bridport at 3.30, then ride on to Scottsdale.
Thu 21 Sep Scottsdale - Ulverstone: Meet at Scottsdale (location and time TBA) for a ride to Ulverstone. We'll stop at Batman Bridge around 11.30, then at the Elizabeth Town Bakery Cafe at 578 Bass Highway Elizabeth Town around 1.15, then ride on to La Trobe for Ken's presentation at Uniting Age Well at 37 Moriarty Rd, Latrobe, which we'd love for you to attend. Then we'll meet outside Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame at 1 Bells Parade at 3.30pm, and ride on to Ulverstone.
Fri 22 Sep Miena - Sorell 12pm: Meet at Great Lake Hotel Miena 3096 Marlborough Hwy, Miena at 12 for a ride to Bothwell, then from outside Devils Den Cafe at 12 Patrick St, Bothwell around 2.45 to ride on to Sorell.
Sat 23 Sep Sorell 10-2: Rise and Shine Bike Show at Ningana, The Circle, Sorell. Details here: www.facebook.com/
Let's Go Quackers!
Our annual Go Quackers! fundraiser was held at Mt Nelson School Hall on 30 October 2016 to support our important work. Ducks were scooped from the pool, with each duck corresponding to a prize, and there was a terrific sausage sizzle. We had huge support from the community, with more than 500 ducks purchased, raising over $5000.
Keep an eye out for our 2017 event later in the year.
Recently Melanoma Tas hosted melanoma forums in Hobart and Launceston to help Tasmanians understand more about the disease. We heard clinical experts discuss the latest in statistics, early detection, new treatments, advanced disease management and psychological impacts, and enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and to mingle.
We were honoured to engage melanoma clinicians from Tasmania and the mainland who shared their expertise, including:
- Professor David Whiteman, epidemiologist, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, who outlined statistics and described the pathophysiology (the disease process) of melanoma
- Dr Alex Chamberlain, dermatologist, The Alfred Hospital, Victorian Melanoma Service, who discussed early detection and management
- Dr Andrew Haydon, medical oncologist, The Alfred Hospital, outlining new treatments
- Dr Jon Lane, psychiatrist, The Hobart Clinic, explaining the disease's psychological impact
- Dr Donna Milne, advanced practice nurse, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, also discussing psychological impact.
For those who could not attend, we recorded some sessions. Before you watch them, please refer to our Disclaimer.
Di Mason –Melanoma Tas Forum Opening
Peter Hodgman - Patron
David Whiteman – Statistics and Prevention
Alex Chamberlain – Early Detection and Biopsies
Andrew Haydon – New Treatments
Nick and Charise – A Patient Perspective
Jon Lane – Coping
Go Quackers for Cancer is an annual fundraising event, where participants pre-purchase a yellow rubber duck which has been randomly assigned a prize. On the day, ducks were scooped from the pool and the purchaser received the prize.