Known for his sexy male strip routines in New Zealand's party capital Queenstown, Aussie boy Aaron Maloney took his Late Night Gents show on an Australian tour in support of Melanoma Institute Australia.
Melanoma is the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia today.
In 2018, it is estimated that 14,320 new cases of melanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed in Australia.
Melanoma is the most common cancer in Australians aged between 15-39
Australia & New Zealand have the highest Melanoma rates in the world.
1 Person every 5 hours dies from Melanoma in Australia
Melanoma is almost always curable if caught early
When my oldest friend in the world sat me down and told me 'don't freak out,' I freaked out. My friend and I are now 30 years old and both grew up on the Gold Coast. She had been putting off her skin check for months, and had finally been pushed by her boyfriend to visit a skin specialist. The news wasn't great, and she was scared. Preparing me for the worst, she had only one piece of advice: Get your skin checked and don't wait another day. 12 months down the track we are still lucky enough to have her in our lives. So far 12 melanomas have been cut out, and thankfully she is still alive.
We all know the dangers and capabilities of the sun, but when was the last time you had your skin checked?
About 4 years ago, as a way to earn extra cash, I approached a local strip club in Queenstown, New Zealand where I was previously residing about the possibility of doing some topless waitering and learning the trade of male stripping. Since then I have started my own business (Late Night Gents) dedicated to entertaining girls for their bachelorette and hens parties. The male stripping industry shouldn't be taken too seriously. It should be hilarious, a little rique, and above all, FUN!
Late Night Gents embarked on a tour around Australia raising money and awareness for The Melanoma Institute Australia. The objective was to get as many bookings as possible, where every dollar earned from these gigs was donated.
The goal was to also arm as many people as we could with awareness. We as Australians know the capabilities and dangers of the sun, but can you remember the last time you had your skin checked? I certainly couldn't. The message: GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED. What better way to get this message across by taking my own clothes off to encourage you to see your local skin specialist to take off yours!
Thanks fo the support and kindness of others, Late Night Gents was able to donate a massive $3748 to The Melanoma Institute Australia. I couldn’t be more proud of this achievement.
Like I have said before, its not ALL about how much money is raised; AWARENESS is everything. I am also extremely proud to say I have made hundreds of pinky promises all over Australia with people to get this skin checked at their skin specialists. You know who you are!
The more people who hear the message to get their skin checked, the better. No one deserves to die from this awful cancer, and we can prevent it. Convince someone you love to get their skin checked too, you just might save their life.
Thank you to all that have followed this tour, shared posts, very generously donated funds and have started the conversation with people about the importance of skin checks. I am happy to let everyone know my dear friend is safe, being checked regularly and is an enthusiastic advocate for people to get their skin checked. She has a huge heart, and her attitude towards life and Melanoma never ceases to amaze me. I am so grateful to have seen Australia this way, and to hopefully make a small difference.
A very special mention to these awesome sponsors below who believed in this tour as much as I did. Without them this tour wouldn't have been possible and I will be forever grateful for their support. Thanks for reading!