For the 2023 games, our Charity Partner is Melanoma New Zealand – the only charity in NZ dedicated to preventing avoidable deaths and suffering caused by melanoma.
Sadly, New Zealand has the worst rate of melanoma in the world, yet most skin cancers are preventable. If recognised and treated early enough, melanoma is almost always curable.
We want all our Games participants to be safe while playing sports and relaxing at the Games Village. We’ll be helping Melanoma New Zealand promote their cause, and they will be offering free skin cancer spot checks from their Spot Check Van plus advice at the event.
Each year, more than 6000 people are diagnosed with melanoma in New Zealand, and around 300 people will die from it. Since launching the van last year, Melanoma New Zealand has seen more than 5000 people and found more than 600 suspicious skin lesions and over 150 suspected melanomas. Your generous donation will help keep the Spot Check Van on the road and save lives.
Visit Melanoma New Zealand’s website for more information – www.melanoma.org.nz