ORGANISERS have confirmed the annual Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch as the city’s most successful, with final proceeds expected to pass $85,000.
The popular prostate cancer fundraising event, held an November 24 at the Bendigo Stadium for the first time, drew approximately 500 men to hear world champion boxer Danny Green speak about his life
Planning for the 2017 Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch is already well under way, with the organising committee looking to make it an even bigger and better event, underpinned by the lofty ambition of topping the $100,000 in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
On the back of last year’s successful shift, the event will return to the Bendigo Stadium in 2018.
Organising committee member Peter Kennedy thanked all those who had supported last year’s event, especially the many loyal sponsors whose generosity helped ensure the events continue to be a great success.
“Raising money to support research into prostate cancer is one thing, but these occasions are also a great opportunity for blokes to get together and encourage one another to look after their health and look out for their mates, and that is vitally important as well,” he said.
The brainchild of former Victoria / Tasmania Board member the late Chris McPherson AM, the Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch concept is the PCFA’s largest community fundraiser, and since its 2009 launch in Shepparton, the initiative has drawn more than 22,000 people to events that have raised approximately $3 million.
While the lunches are much anticipated, and are lighthearted and enjoyable events, participants don’t lose sight of the reason they are coming together: the importance of prostate health and raising awareness and funds for PCFA programs, including the support of three prostate cancer specialist nursing positions based in regional Victoria.