Tough topic but tougher alternative
MOST blokes aren't keen to discuss prostate cancer, let alone have a precautionary examination done.
Though Yamba Barista Matt McLeod isn't too keen on the latter, he does want to increase awareness and ramp up community support for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Mr McLeod's father, Bruce, died early this year from prostate cancer.
"Dad was diagnosed eight years ago, after having a prostate specific antigen test done, but he'd left it too late," he said. "The cancer had already spread throughout his body."
Mr McLeod and the folks at The Block will hold a barbecue at Yamba on Sunday from 3pm to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and encourage other fellas to talk about it.
"A couple of the chefs will have a barbie on out the front and there'll be live music, as well as plenty of different things for the kids to do, too," he said.
Mr McLeod is asking for the support of local businesses and community members to make the day a real hit.
"Pretty much anything that can be auctioned off would be really greatly appreciated," he said.
"If anyone has any activities or entertainment and would like to donate their time for the day, please get in contact with us."
"And all the money raised goes to the charity." He said he hoped the event would get people talking and encourage a few men to have the tests done.
"Everyone knows someone who has had prostate cancer," he said. "Even if they only donate one dollar, it's still one dollar for a very valuable cause.
"By the age of 40, you definitely need to get checked out.
"It's just about getting that out there."
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