This summer, free skin checks are coming to Australia’s east coast with Merivale venues and Beard Season championing early detection of one of the world’s deadliest cancers – melanoma. Merivale will provide free skin checks at The Newport, Coogee Pavilion and The Collaroy throughout January, meaning there’s no reason for Sydneysiders not to get checked.
To raise money in support of skin checks, Beard Season founder and friend of the publication Jimmy Niggles will be attending the ‘Million Dollar Beard Ball’ in February 2020, where if Beard Season reaches its target of $1 million in funding, Jimmy will shave off his world-famous beard.
“As soon as we hit the million mark, the beard is gone, but without the goal, there’s no game,” said Jimmy.
“So, we’re giving ourselves until the end of summer to find the amazing supporters who want to be part of something historic – not just shaving my beard, but to kick start the world’s first skin check program, saving hundreds if not thousands of lives from our national cancer.”
Despite being one of the most successful cancers to treat if discovered early, melanoma remains one of Australia’s biggest killers – claiming one Australian every five hours. Statistics show that men are most likely to get melanoma and are also the least likely to visit a doctor’s office.
“We love our sunburnt country, but it can be a brutal playmate. Our melanoma death rates are 12 times the global norm and a lot of this has a lot to do with how harsh our UV rays are, thanks to a hole in the ozone layer.”
“We need to be more sun smart, learn the warning signs, and get regular skin checks, which is why we’re partnering with Merivale to make it as easy as possible for people to do it this summer.”
“Each check will take about 10-20 minutes, using the best technology there is, and could seriously save your life. In more than 95% of cases, melanoma can be successfully treated if found early – one of the highest survival rates of any cancer. So, get it done.”
Beard Season is the only Australian charity entirely dedicated to the early detection of melanoma, pioneering ‘early detection’ on a scale never seen before. Founded in 2010, in memory of Wes Bonny, Jimmy Niggles’ friend who died from melanoma at the age of 26, the movement encourages men to grow their beards, get a skin check and then use their beards as life-saving conversation starters. Niggles has been growing his beard for nearly a decade and is now selling it off so he can kick start the world’s first, targeted national skin check program.
Merivale is supporting Beard Season in memory of Christopher Wall, a beloved Merivale employee who tragically lost his battle with melanoma.
Beard Season’s Free Skin Checks will be available at The Newport, Coogee Pavilion and The Collaroy throughout January.
Check the Merivale What’s On guide below for dates.
Visit Beard Season below to help kickstart the world’s first targeted national skin check program.