Hobart goes “quackers” for cancer

HOBART’S Aquatic Centre diving pool went “quackers” last month when 500 yellow ducks were launched in its water in the name of melanoma support and research.

Melanoma Tasmania founder Di Mason said Tasmanians came out in force to demonstrate their support.

“Melanoma Tasmania is excited to fill a gap in services by providing melanoma support, advocacy and information locally in Tasmania,” she said.

“Currently, Melanoma Tasmania receives no government funding, so we rely on community support which has been overwhelming, proving the need for this organisation in Tasmania.”

“Go Quackers for Cancer” is Melanoma Tasmania’s major fundraiser.

During the event 500 ducks were placed for sale at $10 each, with every second duck allocated a prize.

“Participants could scoop their ducks out and collect prizes, while enjoying a sausage sizzle and hearing from skin cancer specialists and Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster and ABC weather presenter Simon McCulloch,” Mrs Mason said.

“We are extremely grateful to local businesses who have embraced this event, including Hobart City Council for donating the Aquatic Centre’s dive pool.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the Hobart City Council was thrilled to support the fundraiser and spread the message of melanoma awareness to all Tasmanians.

“To identify this need within the community and take action the way Melanoma Tasmania has reaffirms what a special community we live in and how we can work together to assist each other,” she said.

Melanoma is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Tasmania and has Australia’s fourth highest incidence rate, with education needed about the dangers of Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) – a major cause of melanoma.

In 2012, Hobart resident Ken Harriss was diagnosed with stage three malignant melanoma.

“At the time I had a 40 per cent chance of a five-year life expectancy and then my melanoma progressed to stage four metastatic melanoma, meaning I had terminal cancer,” Mr Harriss said.

“Throughout the struggles, I have met some incredible people and am pleased to help raise melanoma awareness and fundraise for Melanoma Tasmania, which has provided me with much needed support.”

For more information about Melanoma Tasmania go to www.melanomatas.org.au

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