With skin cancer rates across the country high, Papakura Local Board has joined the fight by making a grant to allow Melanoma NZ to bring its mobile sport check van to town.
Board chair Brent Catchpole says New Zealand has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world - around 35 to 40 people in every 100,000, each year.
“Melanoma NZ is dedicated to preventing avoidable deaths and suffering from melanoma by providing information about all aspects of the disease and promoting regular skin checks for early detection.
“Early detection is critical to treating melanoma because when it is found and treated early it is almost always curable.
“Melanoma NZ tries to be financially sustainable, so making a small grant allows it to recover some of the costs of visiting Papakura, but the benefits its visit could bring far outweigh our support.”
He says details of where and when the van will visit have not been confirmed but will be posted on the board’s Facebook page.
“We really hope a lot of people take advantage of this because a few minutes of your time could make a world of difference.”
The funds came from the board’s small grants round.
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- Papakura Business Association, Chilling in the Park event
- Southern District Chinese Association, autumn festival
- Drury United FC, women’s team kit
- Papakura Marae Māori Wardens, child restraint programme
- Sustainable Papakura, signage costs
- Badminton NZ, veterans’ event venue hire
- Great Potentials Foundation, shed replacement
- TTT Runners, teardrop flags
- Fireplace Arts, Papakura train station music event
- Historical Society, display case.
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