Volunteers making a difference

Published 7:00am 15 May 2023

Volunteers making a difference
Words by Kylie Knight

Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week, a chance to celebrate those who donate their time to help others in our community.

Moreton Bay Regional Prostate Cancer Support Group is a shining example of why volunteers are so important.

National Volunteer Week runs from May 15-21.

The group aims to provide a supportive environment for men to connect with others going through similar health challenges and share their experiences to improve health and wellbeing.

One in five men across Australia will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

The group, supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), meets monthly at ‘The Y’, 22 Linear Drive, Mango Hill, on the second Thursday of the month from 6-8.30pm.

Support Group spokesman Peter Ham is encouraging men and their partners affected by prostate cancer to reach out for support.

“We know some men can have a hard time reaching out for help when times get tough. That’s why we’re here, to make sure that no man in our region feels like they have to walk this journey alone,” Peter says.

“Our members are fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, and uncles and all have a story to share. We enjoy getting out and about to start the conversation about prostate cancer and let locals know the importance of getting checked by their doctors. It’s a simple thing that can save lives.”

Volunteers have vital role

PCFA Chief Executive Officer Anne Savage says the network of support groups across the country plays a vital role in the fight against prostate cancer.

“A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be isolating and overwhelming for both men and their loved ones,” Anne says.

“With today marking the start of National Volunteer Week, there is no better time to highlight the work of our Prostate Cancer Support Groups and to celebrate the dedicated men and women who share their experience and knowledge with others to lend others a helping hand.

“When the burden is heavy and the conversations are tough, support groups are there to lighten the load and shine the light of hope. As the national peak body for prostate cancer research, awareness and support, we are proud to stand alongside them.”

To find out more about the Prostate Cancer Support Group, phone 1800 22 00 99 or visit www.pcfa.org.au/support/find-a-support-group .

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