Bli Bli's prostate cancer fight starts at grassroots level
BLI BLI's over-50s have raised more than $1000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation as part of this year's nationwide Big Aussie Barbie campaign.
Home owners from Halcyon Landing cooked up and consumed more than 150 hamburgers, spreading awareness for the cause and raising much-needed funds for the fight against the disease.
Organiser and home owner John Dickie said the event, hosted at Halcyon Landing's Recreation Club, said about 160 people had been involved.
"The day involved talks from nominated Prostate Cancer Foundation personnel followed by the barbecue itself and live entertainment," he said.
"The day was both fun and informative."
Halcyon Landing community manager Donna Osborne said the barbecue had been a resounding success with the final fundraising amount reaching $1037 of which $468 came from the breakfast, $400 from raffle tickets and 20% of the bar takings making up the rest.
"People don't like to talk about prostate cancer, particularly men, so if an event like this prompts someone to go and have a check-up or talk about it with their family, then it's worthwhile," she said.
"The funds are a drop in the ocean considering what is needed, but we are of the belief that every bit helps.
"A number of males in our community have been affected by prostate cancer so this cause is dear to our hearts."
Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann, who worked for 20 years as a general practitioner, said hosting fundraisers such as these had numerous benefits.
"It's extremely important to start that conversation and talk about prostate cancer - regular check-ups can save lives and if early diagnosis is detected, it can be immediately treated," he said.
"Up to 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer so we hope events like this raise awareness of a very serious disease."