More than 2,500 people are expected to strip for a significant cause at the world’s largest annual nude swim race in Sydney.
Australian singer-songwriter Casey Burgess, best known as a celebrated member of the iconic Hi-5, joins a collective to raise awareness for early detection of melanoma and skin cancer.
Returning from a three-year Covid hiatus, the much-loved annual Sydney Skinny event is set to break the 2018 world record of 2,505 biggest skinny dips ever in Ireland.
The event supports the Skin Check Champions charity and programme, which encourages all Australians to have regular skin cancer screenings.
Skin Check Champions Ambassador Burgess joins the ‘to do list’ event at Cobblers Beach, a legal nude beach on Sydney Harbour.
Burgess said her world was “shocked” by melanoma, so she was passionate about jumping in for high-profile events.
“My mother had very serious melanoma on her legs. My father had radiation for melanoma on his lips. A good friend of mine was diagnosed with melanoma on his chest when he was 27. and my grandfather has had so many skin cancers removed,” she said.
“The reason these people are still with me is because of Skin Check, and increased sun safety prevented all of them.
“What people need to realize is that it doesn’t discriminate against age.
“I think we need to have a little bit of a say in events like this to raise awareness.”
On the day of the event, a skin check was conducted for all participants.
“Every year, 2 in 3 Australians are likely to fight skin cancer, and 1 Australian dies from skin cancer every 5 hours. It’s also a reminder to check your skin regularly to lower those numbers,” said Scott Maggs, founder of Skin Check Champions.
To register, sydneyskinny.com.au.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/hi5-star-casey-burgess-gets-nude-for-vital-melanoma-cause-in-sydney-skinny/news-story/f317db9a2f2531ddc84f5a109a5c92e0 Hi-5 star Casey Burgess nude at Sydney skinny event due to serious melanoma