Brothers’ cancer-fight trek

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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.

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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.

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