Parkin shines light on men’s health

Southern Riverina news - - BUILD BOARD -

Fin­ley pro­vided a great back­drop for a group of rid­ers rais­ing aware­ness for men’s health on Sun­day.

Led by leg­endary AFL/VFL coach David Parkin, the Male Bag Ride con­voy of 23 — rid­ing on ‘postie’ mo­tor­bikes — ar­rived at the Coun­try Club Ho­tel af­ter spend­ing the night in De­niliquin and a tour of Jack Hawkins farm.

Mr Parkin told the SOUTH­ERN RIVERINA NEWS the tour around Vic­to­ria and NSW is about rais­ing the pro­file of men’s health, and en­cour­ag­ing men to talk.

‘‘The Foun­da­tion was put into place by a group of guys who were try­ing to do some­thing in the prostate cancer area as women have done so well with breast cancer,’’ Mr Parkin said.

‘‘We rode across Aus­tralia about five years ago and raised money from Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia, but we didn’t re­ally have a tan­gi­ble fin­ish.

‘‘So the blokes de­cided in their wis­dom we would buy a transper­ineal biopsy ma­chines and at the mo­ment it’s the best way of defin­ing if a per­son has a raise in their prostate spe­cific anti­gen.

‘‘This ma­chine doesn’t go through the bow — which most in the world do, and usu­ally causes ev­ery third per­son to get an in­fec­tion — it goes through the per­ineal.

‘‘What the blokes worked out, is we have th­ese ma­chines in the cap­i­tal cities but don’t have them in the ma­jor ru­ral re­gions.

‘‘If a bloke is sus­pi­cious he has it (prostate cancer) he has to travel to the cities and there’s travel ex­penses in­volved so we de­cided in our wis­dom we’d buy th­ese ma­chines for ru­ral re­gional hos­pi­tals.

‘‘We’ve put one in Bal­larat, Bendigo, Bairns­dale, War­rnam­bool, Wagga and next year we’ll be trav­el­ling around Gee­long.

‘‘It en­ables ru­ral re­gional men — who aren’t great with this sort of thing — to ac­tu­ally get lo­cal di­ag­noses.’’

Fin­ley Coun­try Club Ho­tel man­ager Rick Shaw, Male Bag Foun­da­tion am­bas­sador David Parkin and lo­cal farmer Jack Hawkins catch up when the Male Bag Ride stopped in Fin­ley on Sun­day.

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