Kiama service club news

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Our Monster Trivia night was a terrific success, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, great prizes were won and we raised good money for the Spinal Injury Fund.

Last Sunday some of our members joined those of Shellharbour Lions to do a Bunnings BBQ in aid of the Bandaged Bear project at Westmead Children's Hospital, where the funds will be used to obtain advanced medical equipment, install world class facilities and further life-changing research. We are happy to do this because no child deserves to be in hospital.

Our last dinner meeting was at the Leagues Club and the speaker was Julie Szularowski telling us about the Undie Run that we helped with this year for the first time. We also discussed a new fund-raising opportunity.

Our next events are the Dawn Service on April 25 and a partners Happy Hour that evening at the Surf Club which is always a popular event.

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

The next Rotary Free Skin Cancer Clinics will be held on April 27 in Kiama (10am to 1pm; Kiama Scout Hall) and May 4 in Gerringong (2pm to 4pm; Gerringong Town Hall).

Melanoma is a form of cancer that develops in the skin's pigment cells. The main preventable cause of melanoma is overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. There are many risk factors that increase the chances of melanoma, including people with fair skin, a high mole count, family history and a pattern of sunburns throughout life, especially during childhood.

Importantly, melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, even in areas that receive little or no sun exposure e.g. inside the mouth or on the soles of your feet.

The good news is, if detected early, melanoma can be effectively treated. That's why new moles or existing moles that have recently changed appearance must be checked by an experienced skin specialist. In fact, you should have a regular skin check at least once every 12 months to maximise the chances of picking up melanoma early. Of course, the most effective way to prevent melanoma is to practice sun safety at all times (especially with children). This means avoiding exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day, as well as protecting your skin with sunscreen, clothing and a hat whenever you're outside (even cloudy days).

Thanks to the Melanoma Institute Australia for the information contained in this article.

KIAMA CWA

The CWA of NSW State Conference will be held in Albury on May 6-10. Kiama CWA Branch President Cheryl Pearce and Secretary Jo Jesser will be our delegates to this conference. They will report back on the conference at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at the CWA hall, 70 Shoalhaven St., Kiama at 11.30am. This will be followed by BYO lunch and our normal meeting at 1.30pm.

The CWA hall is available for hire. Please email on kiamacwa.daybranch@gmail.com or phone 4232 4680 for more information. Visitors and members are most welcome to all our meetings.