On Wednesday 12 September, the Mornington Peninsula community came together for a ‘Sportsmen for Men’s Health’ dinner held at the Mornington Racecourse to encourage local men to be health conscious.
A star-studded line-up including former Test cricketer Dean Jones and former Richmond Football Club coach Tommy Hafey inspired the 330 guests to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors associated with prostate cancer. The night raised $11, 500 for The Cancer Council Victoria.
Karla Freer, leader of the Mt Eliza Volunteer Group who organised the event said its aim was to encourage men to be proactive in reducing their risk of cancer and other serious conditions.
If we reached just a few men in the room with our important health messages, then the night was a success,” Ms Freer said.
Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer diagnosed in Victoria. The dinner coincided with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Council’s Prostate Call-In. The Call-In provided Victorian men and their families with an opportunity to speak to prostate cancer specialists and receive free information on testing, diagnosis, and treatment options for prostate cancer.
Dean Jones was the official MC for the night and guests were treated to an inspirational speech about the need for men to get regular health checks by Tommy Hafey. Local Urologist, Mr Alwin Tan, also urged guests to be prostate aware.
The Cancer Council’s Director of Community Relations and Fundraising, Deb Stringer, said the event not only raised much-needed funds, but also helped educate men about cancer.
"The Cancer Council relies on community efforts like this to raise funds. The money raised by the Mornington Peninsula community will support lifesaving cancer research, education programs to help prevent cancers and detect them at a stage when they are most curable, and support services for people in times of great need,” Ms Stringer said.
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