September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and as you may already know, here at Hire A Hubby we are big supporters of this great cause.
In 2013 we teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) to drive awareness of men’s health across Australia – a cause dear to our hearts after the prostate cancer diagnoses affecting a few of our Hubbies.
Did you know?
- 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 that in mind, we decided we needed to be a part of the solution. We set out to start educating men and women across the country on prostate cancer and the need to get tested.
Early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. However men in the high risk category tend to be reluctant to get tested. By helping raise awareness of the need to get tested, our goal has been to help the PCFA increase the number of Australian men getting tested – ensuring that prostate cancer is detected early.
To support our goal, one key activity we run is the ‘Man Van.’ The Man Van is a PCFA and Hire A Hubby branded van, funded by us, which tours the country educating people and raising awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of getting tested. Our franchisees and staff volunteer their time touring with the van to help share this message.
Since it’s inception in 2015, the Man Van has travelled over 20,000km! It’s been featured at events such as the 2015 V8 Enduro supercar events in Bathurst, the Gold Coast and Sandown, various Bunnings BBQ’s, sailing regattas (NSW & WA), and various Golf Days (VIC & QLD).
The Man Van now tours the country as part of a 12 month rolling program to educate the community on prostate cancer and the importance of getting tested. It’s currently in Hobart, and will soon be touring around VIC before heading to NSW early next year.
Another of our biggest activities in support of the PCFA is our donation of $1 per invoice to the PCFA, thanks to our franchisees and the Hire A Hubby Commercial Services division. The funds help make the Man Van possible, and help fund the PCFA’s essential research.
Last financial year (FY16-17) we raised $100,000 for PCFA, and we’d love to top that this year! As a business, we’re donating over $75,000 this financial year, and with your help, together we can reach our $100,000 goal.
The PCFA is dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families. They rely on the generosity of individuals, the community and partnerships to carry out their essential work. 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.