Bendigo Health’s Peter Faulkner, David Heath with Neil Macdonald and Peter Kennedy.

A COMMUNITY campaign to raise the necessary funds for a potentially lifesaving prostate biopsy machine has achieved its long held goal.

Organisers of the Bendigo Weekly backed annual Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch fundraising lunch this week presented a cheque for $25,000 to Bendigo Health chief executive Peter Faulkner, representing the proceeds of the event’s auction back in November.

The donation has helped the amount already raised by other community groups including Bendigo Radiotherapy Group, Horizon Committee, Bendigo Prostate Group, Lions Club Eaglehawk, Lions Club Kerang and Patchwork Pals soar past $200,000 and the total amount needed to fund the biopsy machine.

Bendigo Weekly managing editor Peter Kennedy said the Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch committee was pleased and proud to provide valuable funds to such an important and worthy local cause.

“We also want to acknowledge and thank everyone who attended our event and helped us raise these funds, and to also acknowledge all those hard working local community groups and organisations across the region that have contributed towards the purchase of this equipment, over a process that has taken some time and a lot of their hard work.”

Committee chair Neil Macdonald said the Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch had also donated $40,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia from last year’s proceeds.

The 2019 fundraising lunch and gala auction will be held at Bendigo Stadium on Friday, November 22.