Every 30 minutes one Australian man is diagnosed with prostate cancer – dads, brothers, sons and mates.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. PCFA promotes better prostate health and awareness amongst Australian communities, as well as support for the 230,000 men and their families living with a diagnosis, and given that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to help them do that.
The Long Run
To support PCFA’s work, The Long Run challenge will take place in September 2021 for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month which involves communities forming teams to run, walk or wheel 72km. You can clock up kms just walking around the local park whilst getting exercise during lockdown so it’s a COVID resilient event. It takes place in your own time, at your own pace over the WHOLE of September.
The 72km is representing the 72% of men who will not seek help with their mental distress post a prostate cancer diagnosis. On top of this, once a diagnosis has been made, a man’s risk of suicide increases by 70%. This is a scary stat.
A number of MCC Hockey Section members took part in the Long Run in 2020 and the same is the case for 2021. We would encourage all members to consider supporting their club mates, or if you’d like to try it yourself, you can register at: https://www.thelongrun.org.au/register/the-long-run-2021/registrationform