Prostate can­cer aware­ness tour

Childers stopover for con­voy

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

A 1924 Dodge ute and 1942 Dodge carry all aren’t usu­ally seen around Childers, but the vin­tage con­voy will be in town soon to raise aware­ness of prostate can­cer.

The state-wide, six-week tour will visit 37 towns in 37 days, rais­ing vi­tal funds to es­tab­lish a pro­gram of ded­i­cated prostate can­cer care nurses in re­gional towns.

The Queens­land Freema­sons are sup­port­ing the event through their new­est char­ity arm, Hand Heart Pocket, which aims to im­prove lives by pro­vid­ing fund­ing in the ar­eas of health re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, and cri­sis support.

Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queens­land Dr Gary Ba­con, said freema­sonry was founded on the prin­ci­pal of univer­sal char­ity, which is now em­bod­ied by Hand Heart Pocket.

“I was shocked to learn that one in five Queens­land men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in their lifetime,” Mr Ba­con said.

The tour is an ini­tia­tive by Man Up!, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, hop­ing to raise aware­ness of its de­tec­tion, treat­ment and the need for a bet­ter pro­gram of support for men liv­ing with the dis­ease.

Carl Neilsen was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in 2009 and will drive the 1924 Dodge Ute in the vin­tage con­vey.

The vin­tage cars will roll into Childers on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 25, and a sem­i­nar will be held at the Isis Ma­sonic Lodge, Macrosson St.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

HEALTH TALK: Al­lan Bald­win of the Isis Ma­sonic Lodge is en­cour­ag­ing men to at­tend an aware­ness talk on prostate can­cer at the Lodge on Septem­ber 25.

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