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A Patch of Country owners Paul and Lynda Douglas and melanomaWA’s Claire Moynihan.

Muffin mission for melanoma

MUFFINS are making a difference in Mundaring with 50 cents from the sale of each baked treat sold at a Patch of Country donated to melanomaWA.

Raising awareness and funds for the not-for-profit organisation became a cause close to the hearts of A Patch of Country owners Paul and Lynda Douglas after they lost a customer to the skin cancer.

“Having a café, is a bit like being a hairdresser, everyone talks to you,” Mr Douglas said.

“We have a lot of customers going through different (cancer) stages and different treatment, if you have an ear for them they appreciate that, it’s good old fashion community in the hills.”

Mr Douglas said he became close friends with the customer and followed his journey before he died in May.

“I had melanoma myself, caught early, and we decided to do something in his memory,” Mr Douglas said.

“It’s a good feeling, to help someone out like that.”

The tasty bites also helped fill the stomachs of walkers and riders taking part in the Mission for melanomaWA (M4mWA) two day off road event along the Kep Track and through John Forrest National Park last month.  

MelanomaWA chief executive Clinton Heal said the café contributed to the event by keeping riders and walkers well-nourished with sandwiches and muffins.

“After a patron of the cafe passed away recently from melanoma, it was a very fitting tribute for the cafe to collect donations from the local community while raising awareness about melanoma at the same time,” she said.

“The success of this event would not be possible without support like this from the local community. We look forward to their support again when we return in 2019.”

In its third year, the event sees participants riding 160km from Swan View to Northam and back across two days, walkers walking 44kms from Swan View to Chidlow and back. 

The teams stopped at Chidlow, Mount Helena, Parkerville, Sawyers Valley and Wooroloo Primary Schools along the way to raise awareness of melanomaWA and to share their stories. 

To find out more about the event or melanomaWA visit www.melanomawa.org.au

By Claire Ottaviano


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