Parkin brings health mes­sage to Fin­ley

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Premier­ship VFL/AFL win­ning coach David Parkin will be at Fin­ley’s Coun­try Club Ho­tel this Sun­day to dis­cuss men’s health.

Mr Parkin is trav­el­ling with the Male Bag Foun­da­tion — a not-for-profit char­ity de­vel­oped to raise funds for much needed spe­cial­ist equip­ment and ser­vices to re­duce the in­ci­dence of prostate can­cer in re­gional Aus­tralia.

It uses Postie mo­tor bike rides to build aware­ness and raise fund­ing for tar­geted out­comes.

Coun­try Club Ho­tel man­ager Rick Shaw said many lo­cals will ben­e­fit from hear­ing Mr Parkin speak.

‘‘We’re very lucky to have David speak­ing at the Coun­try Club on Sun­day,’’ he said.

‘‘In all ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties men’s health of­ten isn’t a high pri­or­ity and talk­ing about it more is ben­e­fi­cial to not just men but their fam­ily and friends.

‘‘It’ll just be a ca­sual af­ter­noon and I’m sure David will be happy to take ques­tions about men’s health and any other mat­ter in­clud­ing AFL.’’

Mr Parkin will be in De­niliquin on Satur­day night and meet­ing up with good friend John Hawkins on Sun­day morn­ing be­fore ar­riv­ing at the Coun­try Club.

Fin­ley is the sec­ond stop of the Male Bag foun­da­tion’s trip across Vic­to­ria and NSW in­clud­ing Grif­fith, Parkes, Can­berra, Wagga Wagga, Mul­wala and Nagam­bie.

En­try is a gold coin do­na­tion plus the cost of lunch, with the Male Bag rid­ers ex­pected to ar­rive about noon.

Mr Parkin coached Hawthorn to the 1978 premier­ship, how­ever is best re­mem­bered for his 355 games coach­ing Carl­ton and lead­ing them to the 1981, 1982 and 1995 pre­mier­ships.

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