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Ricky Richards steps up fight against melanoma

Signage and display textiles business Ricky Richards has become the principal partner for this year’s Melanoma March organised by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA).

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“It is no secret that Ricky is a proud supporter of MIA,” says Greg McKinley, head of marketing, Ricky Richards. “For three years, Ricky has sponsored a research fellow at the institute by donating a percentage of sales from the purchase of our range of shade fabrics. 

“When we learned that there was an opportunity to further support MIA & their biggest fundraising initiative, we were obviously very interested.”

This year, Ricky has decided to not only sponsor a research fellow, but to also become principal partner for the MIA’s biggest fund-raising initiative, Melanoma March. This includes Jay’s Longest Melanoma March, which sees Jay Allen, a melanoma survivor, walking from Adelaide to Sydney via Melbourne over the course of 50 days.

Melanoma March is now in its eighth year. At each location around Australia, the Melanoma March events bring together a ‘melanoma community’ to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research. Find the dates of your local march here.

Last year over 7,000 people from every state and territory in Australia supported their local Melanoma March events.

You can register at:
To find out more about Jay’s Longest Melanoma March go to:

Jay's Longest Melanoma March kicks off on 31st March at Henley Square in Adelaide, via Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong and finishes 2,000kms, 50 days later on the 19th May in Sydney. 

This year, more than 14,000 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma and around 1,800 will die from the disease. The incidence of melanoma doubled in the 20 years between 1986 and 2006 and is still on the rise. In Australia, 1 in 14 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with melanoma sometime in their life – melanoma is often referred to as Australia’s national cancer.

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians (15-39 year olds) and kills more young Australians (20-39 year olds) than any other type of cancer.

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Ricky Richards is a family owned and operated business that has grown to become a leading supplier of specialised textiles including state-of-the-art sun protection fabrics. Ricky has been in partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia since 2015 by donating a percentage of sales from various product lines directly to MIA’s research and education programs.

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