The fifth annual Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch is estimated to have raised about $120,000 for the fight against prostate cancer.By Alexandra Bolkas
Hundreds of men crowded into Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre to down beers and barbecued meat for the Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch yesterday.
Event organising committee chairman Chris McPherson estimated the fifth annual lunch raised about $120
Mr McPherson said the continued support each year was humbling.
‘‘We max out the town hall every year and we were delighted with the response (yesterday),’’ he said.
‘‘I think blokes recognise prostate cancer is something blokes could be afflicted with one day or they know someone who has been afflicted with it. (The lunch) is an opportunity to do something for the cause and spread awareness.’’
Guest speakers included media personality Sam Kekovich and people touched by prostate cancer, including Allyson Powell and Laurie Gleeson.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia chairman David Sandoe said regional Victoria excelled at promoting awareness of the illness.
‘‘The blokes lunch is great way to raise awareness and to get all men to think about prostate cancer and their health generally,’’ he said.
‘‘I think it’s great here in regional Victoria that so many men can get together and talk frankly about prostate cancer while raising money and having a bit of fun at the same time.’’
He said the foundation was the peak community-based body for prostate cancer and it had three tiers — research, awareness and support.
‘‘We put a lot of money into research, awareness and advocacy and there are 150 groups around Australia,’’ Mr Sandoe said.
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