Melanoma March to be held for sixth time in Bathurst

TAKE A WALK: Veronica Manock is appealing to the community to support the Bathurst Melanoma March. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 031318cmel1
TAKE A WALK: Veronica Manock is appealing to the community to support the Bathurst Melanoma March. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 031318cmel1

RESIDENTS are encouraged to join the fight against cancer this month at the Bathurst Melanoma March. 

The event is part of the Melanoma Institute Australia’s national fundraising effort for melanoma research and this will be the sixth year Bathurst has held its own event. 

Coordinator Veronica Manock was inspired to bring the event to the city after her own diagnosis and experience with the Melanoma Institute. 

“I have been diagnosed, I’ve had melanoma before – it was quite serious, it was stage three,” she said. 

“My melanoma had spread through my lymphatic system, but they caught it. And I have been diagnosed several times since then.” 

She said it can be hard for the Melanoma Institute’s work to reach as far as Bathurst, but the more money that can be raised, the more attainable the help can be for locals. 

The Melanoma March will be held in Bicentennial Park on Sunday, March 25.

Registration starts at 9am, with the event officially starting at 10.30am. 

“It is a short thing. We just do a lap around the river and that is all it is,” Ms Manock said. 

The course is an easy walking course, suitable for people with prams, young children, adults and pet dogs. 

People are encouraged to register online ahead of the march and do their own fundraising. 

The event will also include a raffle. Tickets will be for sale at Bathurst City Centre this Saturday and again on March 24 at Bernardi’s on Rankin Street.