South Burnett man donates thousands to fight melanoma
BRETT Otto was speechless when he received the largest ever donation to the Melanoma Awareness Foundation from a man who lost his mother to the disease.
Karl Jones's mother Carole died from melanoma four years ago, when she was just 66.
Last Thursday he gave the Melanoma Awareness Foundation $10,000.
Karl decided to donate the money after being a friend of Darren and Lynda Geiger for 30 years.
"I played cricket and footy with Darren," he said.
"When we were kids, there wasn't a lot of information about his sortof stuff: We used to wear sunscreen but never re-applied or wore shirts and that sort of thing."
Mr Jones said foundation president Mr Otto was surprised to receive such a large donation.
Mr Jones said his mother would have been happy that more women would be more aware of melanoma.
Mr Otto said the money would go towards statewide programs of the Lynda Geiger Young Mums Program.
"Because Karl's mother passed away, it's appropriate we use the money as she was a mum herself," he said.
"We will be delivering programs to mothers throughout kindergartens and playgroup with pamphlets on how to do a skin check and providing educational brochures."
Mr Otto said before he would have been limited to a handful of programs but he could now do hundreds of them with the donation.
When he received a message saying Mr Jones wanted to give a donation, he expected about $500.
"When he gave me the cheque, I was speechless: I didn't expect that amount of money, the largest single donation," he said
Mr Otto said he would start the first programs in Kingaroy and then Gladstone, where Lynda Geiger was born, before moving into Toowoomba, Brisbane and other regions around Queensland.