Locals Debra and Tony Moosbrugger have raised awareness and shown support to those fighting prostate cancer by hosting a backyard Big Aussie BBQ.
They recently raised nearly $1,700 for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia from their event, which included raffle tickets and prizes generously donated from local businesses.
Around 362 men in the Wide Bay region are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, accounting for more than one in four of all male cancers.
Tony said he wanted to show his support and encouraged others to do what they could to prevent the worst.
“Go see your GP and ask for a PSA blood test,” he said.
“The stigma of the gloved hand is gone, guys- it’s only a blood test”.
With Tony on the grill, the couple also used the event as an opportunity to get the conversation started about prostate cancer.
“It was a day to get together, have fun and raise some money for PCFA,” he said.
“Every little bit of awareness helps to inform men that early detection saves lives.
“We have had a few friends and relatives diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“Many have survived, but a few sadly haven’t.”
The duo were well-supported by local businesses and thanked generous sponsors including; Hughes Butchers, The Chop Shop, Kens Kepnock Butchery, Bargara meats, Saywell Meats, The Red Shed, Sangs Asian Fusion, Sugarland Tavern, Lennards Chicken Hinkler, Sirocco Donuts Kensington, Start Fresh Fruit market, Woolworths Bargara, Woolworths Sugarland, Coles Kensington and IGA North Bundaberg.
PCFA’s CEO Anne Savage said community support was key to saving lives.
“This funding will go directly to supporting men and families impacted by prostate cancer in the local region, including a dedicated PCFA nurse and the distribution of survivorship kits for men,” she said.
“Debra and Tony are champions for the cause – epitomising the Wide Bay region’s reputation for being a healthy and supportive community where people back one another.
“We are tremendously grateful to accept this donation and offer our full support to all those in the community impacted by prostate cancer.”
For support, or more information about PCFA, phone 1800 22 00 99 or visit www.pcfa.org.au.
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