Schools and workplaces are encouraged to go spotty on November 17 in support of Melanoma New Zealand.
Melanoma affects more than 4000 Kiwis every year, with around 300 dying from it, and people should be thinking about melanoma and checking their skin for spots or signs that could save lives. Many sailors and boaties need to be extra careful because of the amount of time they spend outside.
Olympic champion and America's Cup winner Blair Tuke is an ambassador for Melanoma New Zealand and encourages everyone to look after and monitor their skin.
"Most of us recognise the fact New Zealand has the highest incidence rate of melanoma in the world, so we all need to be alert to make sure all of us understand the dangers and take care to avoid too much sun, and regularly check our skin," Tuke said.
Melanoma New Zealand's Go Spotty Day is on Friday, November 17, and schools and workplaces are urged to encourage people to wear something spotty for the day - socks, hats, hair ties, pants, T-shirts, gloves, ties, tights, dress, shirt, earrings - from head to toe or just an accessory.
A gold coin donation for all Go Spotty participants would support Melanoma New Zealand’s ongoing work to prevent avoidable deaths. You could add to this by hosting a spotty cake stall or morning tea and sell spotty baking, like spotted cupcakes, chocolate spot cookies, blueberry spotty muffins or pikelets with hundreds and thousands.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your school or business. All they need is a contact name.
Once all donations have been collected, please deposit directly into Melanoma New Zealand's bank account - ASB 12-3050-0455242-00 - with the reference Go Spotty. Receipts are available.
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For more information and to make a donation, go to the Melanoma New Zealand website.