Hire A Hubby and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA)
In 2013 we teamed up with the PCFA to drive the awareness of men’s health across Australia – a cause dear to our hearts after the prostate cancer diagnosis affecting a few of our Hubbies. For those who aren’t aware:
- In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men
- More than 3000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year
- More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer
With those statements in mind, we set out to start educating men and women across the country on prostate cancer and the need to get tested. Men over age 50 (or 40 with a family history of prostate cancer) should talk to their doctor about testing for prostate cancer using the PSA test and DRE as part of their annual health check-up. Men should make an individual informed decision about testing based on the latest available evidence on the benefits and potential harms of testing and subsequent treatment for prostate cancer.
Through our network of Hubbies, and also our Hire A Hubby Commercial Services division, we have been donating $1 from every invoice to put an educational vehicle on the road and after a couple of years of fundraising, we’re pleased to announce that the ‘Man Van’ is officially out there. Presented at our 2015 National Conference in Uluru, our CEO Brendan Green and Dr Anthony Lowe from the PCFA announced that the ‘Man Van’ would be starting it’s journey from the centre of Australia to Sandown for the start of the V8 Enduro Series in September 2015, before heading to Bathurst and the Gold Coast in October 2015. We can’t wait to share with you the adventures planned for the ‘Man Van’! Stay tuned to see when it’ll be visiting your community.
Recently Hire A Hubby Goulburn in NSW took the Man Van along to the Tallong Festival where they had the pleasure of meeting Ken from Young, NSW who was on his way to Sydney for tests. He has been fighting Prostate Cancer for the last year.
To celebrate Prostate Cancer Month in September 2015, we invited our network to join us in supporting ‘The Pledge’. More than 18,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer this year and early detection is key. We had over 116 Hubbies supporting the pledge to get checked in September. and were blown away with the support of our customers and friends to this fantastic cause. #HireAHubby4PCFA – see our Facebook post below:
We are proud to show our further support through the publication of Below the Belt: Experiences with Prostate Cancer, a book filled with stories and poetry from those who have been courageous enough to share their experiences. For every book sold, $5 will be donated to the PCFA. You can purchase your copy from Busybird Publishing.
To date we have raised over $70,000 and counting. Here is our CEO Brendan Green presenting the cheque to Dr Anthony Lowe:
If you would like to find out more information on prostate cancer or the work that the PCFA are doing, please visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.