Online Fundraising

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together some answers to the most commonly asked questions below. If your question remains unanswered, please reach out via events@melanoma.org.au or call 02 9911 7200 and we’ll be more than happy to help!

  • COVID-19
    • What if the physical event gets cancelled?

      As this is MIA’s major annual fundraising event, your registration fee will be converted to a donation should we have to cancel one of our physical events due to COVID-19. There will be no refunds. These funds will cover the costs of the events and go towards research to save lives.

    • Are the Melanoma March physical events COVID Safe?

      Each Melanoma March physical event will have a COVID Safe plan approved by the relevant federal, state, and local health authorities. Some measures we will have in place include:

      Pre-Event

      • Approved COVID Safe plan.
      • We may assign you an arrival time to limit the number of people onsite at any one time.
      • We will send you a safety briefing via email prior to the event.

      At the Event

      • We will have specifically appointed COVID Safety Marshals.
      • Hand sanitiser will be available.
      • There will be minimal speeches and limited announcements, so you will be able start marching soon after you arrive.
      • To manage crowd density, maximise contactless procedures and reduce cross contamination:
        • All participants are required to register prior to the event. Registrations on the day will not be available.
        • Merchandise will not be sold at the events and can only be purchased via our online shop.
        • There will be no food or entertainment.

      This continues to be a highly dynamic situation and we will continue to adapt and adjust as appropriate. For all the latest information, check your local event page.

      Even though there are a few changes to the structure, it’s still the same important cause and a chance for us to come together safely to celebrate our 10th anniversary year!

  • REGISTRATIONS
    • How do I register?

      View the dates and locations for our 8 physical events here and click the Register button on the event page.

      Can’t get to one of our physical events? Register to March Your Way here.

      Regardless of how you choose to March with us, you will be asked to select how many people you want to register and if you want to create or join a team, or fundraise as an individual.

    • How much does it cost?

      Registrations to March Your Way are FREE!

      Costs to attend a physical event are:

      Entry Age Category Cost per person
      Adult (over 18yrs) $40.00
      Child (5-17yrs) $20.00
      Child (under 5yrs) Free
    • Is the cost of registration tax deductible?

      All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible when the donor receives nothing of value. However, should you purchase a raffle ticket, an entry ticket to a fundraising event, or merchandise, this is not tax deductible. For more information about taxable donations, please contact the Australian Tax Office.

    • Can I register as a team?

      Yes! During registration you will be asked to if you want to create or join a team, or fundraise as an individual.

    • Can I register on the day?

      No. To manage crowd density, maximise contactless procedures, and reduce cross contamination, all participants are required to register online prior to the event. Registrations on the day will not be available.

    • I need help registering online – who do I contact?

      For technical support, please contact GoFundraise customer care via support@gofundraise.com or 1300 889 272.

  • FUNDRAISING
    • Where do the funds raised go?

      Melanoma March is saving lives. Funds raised through Melanoma March 2020 will support a national collaborative research project working to personalise immunotherapy for patients. The Personalised Immunotherapy Project will match the treatment to the tumour, meaning better outcomes for all patients. It will roll out nationally, saving lives and benefitting all Australians.

    • Do I have to fundraise?

      There is no obligation to fundraise when taking part in Melanoma March, however all donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated and help us to move closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma

    • I need help with my individual/team fundraising page – who do I contact?

      For technical support, please contact GoFundraise customer care via support@gofundraise.com or 1300 889 272.

    • Workplace giving

      Workplace giving is a simple way to donate to charities direct from your pay. Most companies match donations, so it’s also an easy way to double your impact!

      When you visit your fundraising page, you’ll see a “donate from your pay” button. If your employer (or your supporters’ employer) appears in the list, then you can donate through your pay, pre-tax, through Workplace Giving.

    • Need some fundraising tips?

      Click here for some top tips to help boost your fundraising!

  • ON THE DAY
    • What do I need to bring?

      We recommend bringing a broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and wet weather gear if it is likely to rain. Wear sun-safe clothing and comfortable walking shoes. To help reduce our impact on the environment, we will no longer give out single use plastic water bottles across all our March events, so don’t forget to also bring a reusable water bottle.

    • Can I register on the day?

      No. To manage crowd density, maximise contactless procedures, and reduce cross contamination, all participants are required to register online prior to the event. Registrations on the day will not be available.

    • Can I bring my dog?

      Four-legged friends are only welcome at the Melanoma March events held at venues that permit dogs (assistance dogs excepted). Please check your local event pages for details.

    • Is there parking available?

      This varies across each event. Check your local event page for details. Where possible, we encourage you to make use of public transport.

    • Will the event be cancelled if it is raining?

      No, Melanoma March will proceed rain, hail or shine! The March events will continue where possible, so be prepared to bring wet weather gear should the weather forecast predict rain. Where bad weather is a safety issue, we may cancel the March event and you will be informed by email and social media in advance.

    • Will water be available?

      To help reduce our impact on the environment, we will no longer give out single use plastic water bottles across all our March events, so don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle.

    • Is the walking route accessible for wheelchairs/prams?

      Please refer to your local event page for accessibility details.

      All our Melanoma March events use shared public spaces. We ask all our Marchers to please be considerate of others who are also walking, running, or cycling along the walking route.

  • GET INVOLVED
    • MM at work or school

      Bring Melanoma March to your workplace or school and take steps to beat this killer disease.

      Register to March Your Way and:

    • Volunteer

      Each Melanoma March event is hosted by a passionate group of volunteers from the local community, and these March events simply would not happen without their generous support.

      There are several ways you can get involved:

      Any help is greatly appreciated! Plus it’s a fun and meaningful way to connect with your local community.

      Register your interest
  • HOW DO I STAY SUN SAFE?
    • Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes 95% of melanoma. The best way to prevent melanoma is to protect your skin from the sun by following the five sun safe rules:

      Seek shade, especially in the hottest part of the day.
      Wear sun-protective clothing that covers your back, shoulders, arms and legs.
      Wear a broad-brimmed hat.
      Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50+ every 2 hours and after swimming or exercise.
      Wear wrap-around sunglasses.

      Click here to find out more information about sun protection.

  • WHAT DOES MELANOMA INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA DO?
    • MIA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the goal of zero deaths from melanoma, a goal we aim to achieve through innovative, world-class research, treatment and education programs.

      MIA is a national affiliated network of melanoma researchers and clinicians based in Sydney at The Poche Centre – the world’s largest melanoma research and treatment facility. From here, our melanoma specialists treat 1500 melanoma patients a year, develop new research strategies and priorities, conduct clinical trials, and promote awareness of melanoma and sun safety in all areas of the community.