Beard Season

Beard season is a non-profit health promotion charity. Their mission is to champion the early detection of melanoma - one of the world’s deadliest cancers.

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Australia is known as ‘the sunburnt country’ so it’s no surprise that our national cancer is melanoma. When found early the chances of survival are close to 100%, the problem is, those most at risk, people who live and work in our harshest environments will hardly ever have their skin checked.

Every winter, Beard season invites blokes to grow their beards and use them as life-saving conversation starters, encouraging their friends and family to visit a GP or dermatologist for a skin check before its too late.

It started after our mate Wes Bonny was killed by this insidious disease. He was a country boy who grew up near Ardlethan. He has no idea his mole was bad as it was until it was too late.

Using funds raised through the Dreamstarter crowdfunding, Beard Season will run a number of screening clinics in regional Australia, where people can visit specialists, get a full body screening and learn what to keep their eye on. If anything requires a biopsy, the team will do it on the spot. If anything looks really suspicious they will make immediate plans with the nearest hospital for treatment. 10-15% of people we check find something which requires a referral, and 5-6% will have something likely to be cancerous.

  • 1 person a week is potentially saved because of the work they do.
  • Beard season has over 80,000+ social community ambassadors around the world.
  • Have created $5.6m of media exposure raising awareness of their melanoma awareness events and projects
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  • 2010

    First campaign

    Jimmy Niggles launched the first Beard Season campaign.

  • 2014-2019

    Free melanoma check clinics

    Beard Season have been running free melanoma check clinics at events and festivals.

  • July 2019

    Successful crowdfunding with ING Dreamstarter

    Successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign with ING Dreamstarter 2019 that will enable him to take his clinics to the bush where they need the most support for early detection, education and treatment.