2018 BBL. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Bendigo’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch is back for 2019, with a crowd of more than 500 expected to attend the Friday, November 22 fundraiser at the Bendigo Stadium.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the local event, which raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Bendigo Health. Since 2010, more than $800,000 has been raised locally, and organisers are hoping this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.

Special guests for the 10th anniversary Bendigo Weekly backed lunch include football personalities Barry Breen and Mark Maclure.

Breen kicked the most famous point of all time in the VFL/AFL’s proud history when he saw his beloved St Kilda home by the narrowest of margins in the 1966 VFL Grand Final against Collingwood, while Maclure is a three time Carlton premiership player, a former club captain and a club legend in the true sense of the word, and he remains a widely respected commentator of the modern game.

Organisers have also secured high-profile entertainer and comedian Tom Siegert to ensure there’s plenty of laughs on the day, while committee chairman Neil Macdonald said the introduction of an Ambassador program in 2019 would help promote the good health message and remind all men to ensure they continue to heave their health checkups, and to look out and after one another.

“We are delighted to launch the Ambassador program this year, and also pleased at the support and encouragement we have received from the community for the program, and for our event over the past decade.

‘We are also pleased to once again have Bendigo Stadium on board to host our function, and we’re also extremely grateful for the support of our many generous sponsors.”

As part of the new Ambassador program, blokes will be invited to promote the importance of regular health checkups within their own friendship groups, workplaces, families and the broader community and to provide an example of good health, a healthy lifestyle and general wellbeing.

High-profile businessman Stephen Iser is Bendigo’s inaugural Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch Gold Ambassador, and has been a proud supporter of the fundraising event since its inception.

Mr Iser is an active cyclist and healthy lifestyle devotee, and a strong supporter of the local community through his prominent family business, Hume and Iser Mitre10.

Tickets for this year’s lunch go on sale from Thursday, July 18 and are $120 each, or $1200 per table of 10. More details will be released next week.