MANDATE kicks off in AVC Venues

Saturday 08 May 2021

More than 80 venues across Queensland are uniting to shine a light on men's health and raise money for vital prostate cancer research.

Australian Venue Co. (AVC), will host PA Research Foundation's men's health initiative MANDATE in 83 of their venues, beginning in Men's Health Week (14-20 June) and running until 31 July.

MANDATE is the PA Research Foundation's movement to encourage Australian men to take ownership of their health and rally together to support solution focused prostate cancer research.Along with raising money for prostate cancer research MANDATE aims to raise awareness of men's health and encourage men to make a date to speak with their GP.

MANDATE Ambassadors Chris Brown and Ben Ikin

Each of the venues which stretch from Cairns to the Gold Coast, will raise funds through various fundraising events and initiatives and display MANDATE posters with QR codes for customers to donate directly to the cause as well as Perspex boxes for donations of smaller change.

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said the organisation is delighted to be promoting awareness of, and raising funds for men's health, alongside AVC again after two years apart due to Covid-19.

"AVC's passion for our MANDATE campaign always amazes us. They are as committed to the cause of funding prostate cancer research and saving lives as we are," he said.

MANDATE campaign in AVC Venues in 2019

"The support of AVC and their customers helps us to provide crucial funds to researchers to explore new treatment options which provide hope to every family faced with this insidious disease."

In eight years of support, AVC's venues have raised an incredible $1.2 million for prostate cancer research by researchers based at the PA Hospital campus, including the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre of Queensland and their research into late stage prostate cancer.

AVC venues raised more than $199,022 for prostate cancer research in 2019. You can find your nearest AVC venue here.

For more MANDATE and prostate cancer research information head here.