Parkin shines light on men’s health
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.