Brothers’ cancer-fight trek
TWO brothers will attempt an Australian-first by travelling around Australia’s harsh coastline in a rubber ducky for more than 9500km to raise funds and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.
involves prostate cancer survivor Peter Jenkins and his brother Phillip and starts in New South Wales on August 1 at the Sydney International Boat Show and finishing nearly two months later in Perth.
Their custom-made 8.6m rigid inflatable boat, powered by twin Honda BF225 outboard engines, will be the brothers’ home for eight weeks.
Honda Australia general manager Vikram Pawah said supporting the expedition was an important decision for Honda, after learning close to 3000 men in Australia die each prostate cancer.
He said men’s health, particularly prostate cancer, was something rarely spoken about, which was quite strange considering every man could face it at some stage in his life.
The majority of Honda customers are male and the expedition was a perfect fit with its global view on social responsibility.
The expedition celebrates the Aussie adventurous spirit and outdoor culture and will spread an important message about one of the most common cancers to affect Australian men, second only to skin cancer.
Skipper Peter has a family history of prostate cancer, having been diagnosed in 2008, and is passionate about sharing his story with Australian men.
‘‘I have always been active and
year from healthy, so to hear that I had cancer at 61 was shocking,’’ Mr Jenkins said.
‘‘I was lucky. I detected prostate cancer early and was able to receive treatment by the least invasive method – brachytherapy.
‘‘As a typical bloke who doesn’t like visiting the GP, like most Australian men, I want this expedition to encourage men to book a check-up with their GP.’’
The Honda Over The Top Expedition has attracted significant support from the boating and marine community, including Honda Australia, Toll Energy Logistics, Bailey Marine Fuels, Jet Torque Marine, Furuno Australia, BLA, The Hub Marketing Communications and Sandman PR.
It aims to raise $200,000 for Cancer Council Australia for research into the disease.