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3.8 with a mate

We all know of relatives or friends who suffer or have suffered from cancer, don’t we?

To provide tangible support to Myeloma suffers and their supports, the RC of Wodonga West is organizing a community walk in Albury Wodonga on February 27th 2022.

Myeloma, also called Multiple Myeloma, is a rare blood cancer affecting bone marrow and no cure currently exists

We would like all caring people in the greater Albury Wodonga area to come on board, spread the event information and participate in the walk.

This walk initiative is part of the national Rotary Outreach Myeloma Program (ROMP)

If your club, or individuals within your club, are interested to participate in this great program, please contact the undersigned and we will email you further event details.

A walk on a sunny day in February is a nice way to put Myeloma in the spotlight and at the same time helping in finding a cure

      Luana Maggenti

      Event Organizer

      Mob: 0419039333

come on board and DO THE WALK

It would be just GREAT to have your support and interest in helping this cause, by informing all your friends of the “3.8 with a mate” walk. Greatly appreciated. Please see below some further information. Sorry it is a bit long winded however I believe it does cover most of the details for the event. 

In conjunction with Myeloma Australia and Rotary Outreach Myeloma Project ( ROMP), our Rotary Club Wodonga West has agreed to help organise a walk for “3.8 with a mate” on Sunday 27th February 2022. This would be our way of further supporting the 38 mates who are diagnosed with myeloma each week in Australia.

All that is required is your support and participation and to invite your families and friends to help spread the invitation far and wide, so we can come together for a 3.8 event and walk together in solidarity; to raise both awareness about myeloma and vital funds for Myeloma Australia. This event is a community event which can be a 3.8km walk or any variation of this – it is a simple, achievable and community building event. 

Participates register for the event online ( refer poster above) which costs:

$38.00 Adult (Inc. t-shirt)

$30.00 Concession ( Inc t-shirt) 

$ 25.00 Juniors (Inc cap)

$125.00 2x Adults, 2x children ( Inc x2 t-shirts and x2 caps) 

further merchandise can be purchased when registering online. Each adult registration includes a Team Myeloma t-shirt and each junior registration includes a 38mate cap.

Donations to the cause can be made via a fundraising page, individually or as a team/club. Once you register, encourage your friends and family to sponsor your 3.8 efforts by starting your very own JustGiving page, if desired. 

You can register here: 

https://myeloma.org.au/38withamate-shop

To create a fundraising page: 

http://www.justgiving.com/myelomaaustralia

Register today or to learn more visit  www.myeloma.org.au/38withamate 

You can also contact the Myeloma Australia fundraising team directly via email at fundraising@myeloma.org.au

There will be two walking options on the day, starting at 9:00am: 

Option 1:

Start location, The River Deck Cafe, Noreuil Park Albury. Walking along the bicycle/pedestrian footpath to Belvoir Park/Sumsion Gardens (The Celebration Garden, near the eastern car park), Wodonga.  This is approximately a 4.35-4.65km walk. 

This would allow for exposure on both sides of the border to promote the event and make people aware of Myeloma whilst allowing any Albury NSW rotary clubs to participate. 

People would have to make there own way back to Albury however. 

Option 2:

Start & finish location, The Celebration Garden at Belvoir Park, Wodonga. Where you could undertake one or more laps at your choice or 38 laps. This loop is approximately 1.25-1.28km in distance. 

An early start time is just in case it is a hot day. If people can’t do that time, they can pick another time on the day, if there are groups of people who wish to walk later in the day. 

We are hoping to have our Rotary BBQ at the event and a coffee van ( still to be confirmed and finalised). 

Background 

  • Myeloma is the 17th largest cancer in Australia,  with 20,000 patients in Australia, there is no cause and no cure; 38 new cases every week are diagnosed and thus the walk is called 3.8 with a mate. 
  • Myeloma is “…cancer of plasma cells. The plasma cells are a type of white blood cell in the bone marrow. With this condition, a group of plasma cells becomes cancerous and multiplies. The disease can damage the bones, immune system, kidneys and red blood cell count.” 
  • Don’t confuse Myeloma with Melanoma, two seperate cancers. 

There are Myeloma Support Groups to help those who have the cancer and support their families. 

Rotary does not play a role in these support groups, they are run by the Myeloma nurse. Emma Jane (EJ) Furphy is the support nurse for the Greater Albury Wodonga Area who is based in Melbourne. EJ runs the Ovens-Murray Support Group in our area. 

Mark Sunday 27th February 2022 in your calendars, gather your friends and family and register now to be a part of Myeloma Australia’s FIRST EVER national fundraising and awareness walk!

Look forward to seeing you all on the day and further ideas, opinions and thoughts are most welcomed to make this event special and a yearly event on our calendar. 

Luana Maggenti

0419039333 

3.8 with a Mate event organizer