HEALTH TALK: Allan Baldwin of the Isis Masonic Lodge is encouraging men to attend an awareness talk on prostate cancer at the Lodge on September 25.
HEALTH TALK: Allan Baldwin of the Isis Masonic Lodge is encouraging men to attend an awareness talk on prostate cancer at the Lodge on September 25. Mike Knott

Vintage cars join tour for men’s cancer

37 towns, 37 days

  • What: Prostate Cancer Seminar
  • When: Thursday, September 25, 9.30am for a 10am start.
  • Where: The Masonic Lodge, Macrossen St, Childers.
  • Cost: A light lunch will be provided for a gold coin donation.

A 1924 Dodge ute and 1942 Dodge carry all aren't usually seen around Childers, but the vintage convoy will be in town soon to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

The state-wide, six-week tour will visit 37 towns in 37 days, raising vital funds to establish a program of dedicated prostate cancer care nurses in regional towns.

The Queensland Freemasons are supporting the event through their newest charity arm, Hand Heart Pocket, which aims to improve lives by providing funding in the areas of health research, education, and crisis support.

Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland Dr Gary Bacon, said freemasonry was founded on the principal of universal charity, which is now embodied by Hand Heart Pocket.

"I was shocked to learn that one in five Queensland men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime," Mr Bacon said.

The tour is an initiative by Man Up!, a not-for-profit organisation, hoping to raise awareness of its detection, treatment and the need for a better program of support for men living with the disease.

Carl Neilsen was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and will drive the 1924 Dodge Ute in the vintage convey.

The vintage cars will roll into Childers on Thursday, September 25, and a seminar will be held at the Isis Masonic Lodge, Macrosson St.



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