Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) are encouraging individuals and organisations to light up their BBQs for their annual Big Aussie Barbie campaign, which coincides with International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Australians can now sign-up to host a Big Aussie Barbie by visiting bigaussiebarbie.com.au
The campaign is in its 9th year, with PCFA hoping to raise over $1 million. The money raised will go towards vital support services for the hundreds of thousands of men and their families who have been impacted by prostate cancer.
International cricket legend Matthew Hayden AM is continuing as the Big Aussie Barbie campaign’s official ambassador. His father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. “When we were told Dad had prostate cancer, my whole family was effectively given a cancer diagnosis. You go through treatment and recovery together, just like team work in cricket, and it teaches you the importance of banding together to fight this dreadful disease. My family understands first-hand the devastating effects of a prostate cancer diagnosis. I believe we need to get to the point where discussing health issues, like prostate cancer, is a normal part of our conversations with friends and family”.
The Big Aussie Barbie campaign is all about creating a relaxed and fun opportunity for friends, families and workmates to come together to raise vital funds and openly chat about prostate cancer risk and the importance of annual health checks. “The more people that sign up, the more money we can raise to support families, like mine across Australia who are being affected by this disease” said Matthew Hayden.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men. Every day 54 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and tragically nine a day don’t survive.
How to get involved in the 2017 Big Aussie Barbie campaign:
• Head to the Big Aussie Barbie website (bigaussiebarbie.com.au) to sign up to host a BBQ
• Send out your invites to guests– friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours.
• Collect donations (no matter how big or small) to help raise funds for PCFA’s support services to those families affected by the disease.
• Follow PCFA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the latest Big Aussie Barbie news.
• Make sure to share photos of your BBQ on your social media pages including #bigaussiebarbie to help encourage others to also get involved.