BALLARAT blokes having beers at a barbecue.
What better environment to talk about men’s health?
In its third year, the Ballarat’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch will see 520 men attend and raise more than $50,000 for men’s health awareness.
Ballarat’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch committee member David Gordon said the fundraiser was a great way to encourage men to talk about their health.
“The male thing is to not talk about health. Lunches like this gets a room full of middle-aged blokes to talk about their wellbeing,” Mr Gordon said.
“There’s a lot of problems we don’t hear of, and if this lunch can help somebody then it will be worthwhile.”
When Ballarat’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch started in 2011, the fundraiser targeted prostate cancer research and awareness, but has now expanded to assisting men’s health.
Prostate cancer survivor Michael Bird said men in rural and regional centres needed to be reminded of the importance of getting regular health checks, in particular prostate checks.
“Men are not proactive about going to the doctor. They are certainly not keen about having that digital rectal examination and some don’t even like blood tests.
“Every 100 that die in metro areas from prostate cancer, there is 121 die in regional parts of Australia.”
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA), 3300 men will die from the disease nationwide each year. PCFA recommends men be checked at age 40 if there is a family history, otherwise at 50.