Lions help share a sun smart message with Melanoma WA

Lions Northam President Wayne Morgan donating cheque to Melanoma WA’s chief executive Clinton Heal.
Lions Northam President Wayne Morgan donating cheque to Melanoma WA’s chief executive Clinton Heal.

Northam Lions Club members rallied on Saturday 25 August to join a team of 25 bike riders, walkers and support crew who were raising awareness about melanoma prevention. 

The invitation to join these riders and walkers for breakfast at Muresk is an event that the club have supported for the past two years. 

This was their third ride which starts at the John Forrest Heritage Trail near Mundaring and arrives at Muresk and then returns on the Saturday morning, finishing about 3.30pm at the head quarters of Melanoma WA in Cottesloe.

During the first leg of the ride they visited several schools and community groups to talk about the early detection and skin and sun safety. 

Many of the riders have degrees of melanoma and tell their story of their journey with melanoma.

Clinton Heal is Melanoma WA’s chief executive officer and has suffered melanomas.

He is fortunate that through early detection and continued treatment has prevented this from taking his life.

Melanoma WA help people who have been diagnosed with melanoma, and help to reduce the impact of melanoma within the community. 

It is great to hear some of the reasons behind joining the Mission for Melanoma WA.

This year a 40km walk has been initiated which has enabled many who cannot ride, to join in on the mission and tell their story, and relate the importance of early detection.

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Northam Lions members have over the past years witnessed the high spirit and enthusiasm that each person embraces, and the courage that they show.

The Northam Club will continue to support the efforts with their intense awareness about melanoma prevention, and education. 

Research is a vital link in this prevention, and will continue to support the Mission for Melanoma WA.

Elma Rewell is from the Northam Lions Club.