HAVING raised awareness about prostate cancer and providing hours of fun and entertainment for men throughout Victoria, the Biggest Ever Blokes Barbecue is finally coming to the local region for the first time.
The event will be at Sale Memorial Hall on Friday, August 21, between 11.30am and 4.30pm.
Each year about 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease that claims just as many lives each year as breast cancer.
Wellington’s Biggest Ever Blokes Barbecue will raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, and improve awareness.
Barbecue organising committee chairman Leo O’Brien said the event would help advance the fight against the disease in the region.
“One in nine men will develop prostate cancer in their lives, but most alarming is the fact that the mortality rate for prostate cancer is 21 per cent higher in regional areas,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Wellington Biggest Ever Blokes Barbecue is a unique male health initiative that aims to raise prostate cancer awareness, while also providing guests with a fantastic afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment from well known sporting identities.”
Supporting the event is easy, with a number of options available to individuals, groups or businesses.
There are three levels of sponsorship available; as a patron, major sponsor or sponsor.
Businesses and individuals can sponsor by donating cash or goods and services.
Donations of auction and raffle items, door prizes and produce for the barbecue will all be welcomed.
Alternatively, tables of 10 are available for groups at a cost of $1200, with all food and drink provided.
“This is a terrific opportunity for groups of workmates or friends to have a catch up and be entertained, all while supporting a great cause and raising awareness of men’s health,” Mr O’Brien said.
Sponsorship enquiries can be made through David Dyer on 0412 576 180 or Dan Smolenaars on 0419 149 512.
Table bookings can be made with Leo O’Brien on 5144 1888 or 0409 143 668, or Craig McMillan on 5143 1880.
Other enquiries can be directed to barbecue committee members Bruce Ellen, Trent Fairweather, John McLachlan, Ian Bye, James March, Dan Davine or Jim Feltis.