by Helen Holt
Timaru Community Menzshed has raised $780 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand through the sale of bacon butties.
Menzshed secretary John Cook said the team was pleased to support the foundation.
“It feels good to support prostate cancer awareness, as it doesn’t get as much support as other cancers,” he said.
“We set out to raise money for the cancer foundation and promote the conversation within the workshop.
“We have members who are survivors, so it has been great that we’re able to give back.”
Members of the Menzshed had been cooking bacon butties to enjoy with their morning tea every Saturday over the past 12 months.
“The men were very happy to man the cooker,” Mr Cook said.
“The others chuck some coins in the tin and grab a butty.”
Timaru prostate cancer support group members came to the workshop on Tuesday to accept the donation and speak to Menzshed about the importance of cancer awareness.
Local co-ordinator Bob Penty said cancer awareness was incredibly important.
“It’s a killer,” he said.
“Prostate cancer kills 600 men a year, and 3000 men get diagnosed per year.
“We have also seen it affect family relationships which is devastating.”
Mr Penty praised Menzshed for opening the discussion about the cancer.
“This atmosphere encourages people to talk about it.
“Some men don’t like a formal conversation, but they prefer to talk in a more casual environment such as here.”
It was also a reminder for people with cancer that they were not alone, and others were going through similar experiences, he said.
The donation from the butties would go towards funding two urology nurses in Timaru, and training days for co-ordinators.