The PA Research Foundation's annual Men's Health Week Breakfast in celebration of our MANDATE Men's Health Campaign brought over 80 guests to the iconic Regatta Hotel on the morning of Thursday 13th of June to raise much needed funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men's health.
Guests were treated to a delicious healthy breakfast courtesy of Regatta Hotel, and the courtyard was a flurry of activity with live music, shoe shining, masseuse and a delicious juice bar. Guests were also encouraged to enjoy free health checks from a range of health professionals including cardiologists, dermatologists, BodyTrack exercise physiologists in addition to information sessions on prostate cancer, bowel cancer and skin cancer.
The event also presented a fantastic opportunity for all in attendance to start an important conversation about the health issues facing Aussie men, including the devastating reality that prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed in men, and more than 3500 families will lose a loved one to prostate cancer this year alone.
PA Research Foundation supported prostate cancer researcher Dr Patrick Thomas gave an insight into the research happening at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, delivering a poignant message to guests about the importance of keeping in check with your health, and encouraging men to make an appointment with their GP if symptoms arise.
Key speaker Peter Dornan AM was interviewed by 10 News First reporter Joe Hill, sharing his experience in working alongside men in the sporting industry, as physiotherapist with over 50 years practical experience specializing in sport injury working with legendary teams including the QLD Reds, Wallabies and Kangaroos. Peter also gave an insight into his own personal experience with prostate cancer, having been diagnosed in 1996 and consequently establishing the Brisbane Prostate Cancer Support Network and advocating for men's health with a focus on prostate cancer.
Mandate ambassador Ben Ikin also attended the breakfast, covering all things golf, rugby league and of course, men's health while being interviewed by 10 News First Sports Presenter Jono Williams.
The Men's Health Breakfast is a key event in the MANDATE calendar, heightening awareness around the health issues facing Aussie men, encouraging them to make a date with their GP while also raising crucial funds for prostate cancer research at the PA Hospital Campus.
2019 marks the 9th year of campaigning for MANDATE in partnership with AVC (formerly Spirit Hotels) MANDATE, with over $1,000,000 raised during this time. The campaign will run in 90 AVC venues over June and July, with fundraising events planned across the board to help raise funds for prostate cancer research, while also heightening awareness for men's health issues.
Click here to see where your local participating AVC MANDATE venue is located.