The PA Research Foundation and Spirit Hotels have joined forces once again to encourage the men of Queensland to take ownership of their health by booking a 'man date' with their GP during the two-month MANDATE campaign which kicked-off on Monday 4 June.
The 88 Spirit Hotels will also be fundraising for prostate cancer research throughout the campaign – the second biggest cause of cancer related deaths for Australian men. To-date, the collective amount raised over the 6-year partnership is more than $750,000.
Spirit Hotels' General Manager Peter Sheean said that they were committed to supporting the MANDATE men's health initiative and look forward to building on our fundraising efforts from the past six years.
"Prostate cancer affects so many Australian families, many of whom are part of our Hotels' communities, which is why we have joined the fight against this horrible disease.
"We encourage the public to pop into their local Spirit Hotel during the campaign to enjoy a MANDATE steak and support this worthy cause," said Peter.
Every day in Australia, 50 men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis; it is the most commonly diagnosed male cancer. Some of these men will have a very manageable early diagnosis, others will sadly receive an advanced diagnosis with a very poor outlook. It is estimated that this year alone, 3500 men will lose their battle with prostate cancer.
The PA Research Foundation's MANDATE campaign encourages the state of Queensland to join them in the fight against prostate cancer by visiting their local Spirit Hotel or donating to the campaign.
Funds raised through MANDATE will support life-saving, innovative prostate cancer research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Queensland which is located at the PA Hospital Campus.
The money raised through Spirit Hotels' 2017 campaign has helped to fund two prostate cancer research projects which are focussed on improving patient outcomes through improved diagnostics and treatment options.
PA Research Foundation CEO Damian Topp says men are less inclined than women to take an active role in maintaining their health.
"It's a sad fact that men are less likely to seek professional help for problems, which is why MANDATE is a great platform to start a conversation with your mates, family or work colleagues especially if you're not feeling well mentally, physically or emotionally.
"Early diagnosis can be the difference between a curable and a life-threatening disease which is why it is so important to regularly check in with your GP if something doesn't seem right.
"As a Foundation we provide vital funding to prostate cancer research projects – but these projects mean nothing if we don't get that research into the doctor's surgery and part of men's lives, which is why fundraising is so important," said Damian.
The Spirit Hotels fundraising will consist of (but certainly not limited to) community events, raffles and donating a portion from the 'MANDATE Steak' sales to the cause.
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