Men living with prostate cancer in the Toowoomba region will no longer have to travel to Brisbane to receive the support they need, after Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland and its network of Masonic Lodges throughout the state, last year pledged $150,000 to fund an initiative of ManUp! that would see a dedicated prostate cancer nurse service the region.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark said the donation is expected to fund the program for one year of a three-year term.
“We are delighted to confirm that a formal agreement and the donation of funds has now been finalised with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which will see our support of this ManUp! initiative come to fruition,” Gary said.
“We are proud to have been able to help fund a men’s health initiative that will have a positive impact on those in regional communities,” he said.
According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, prostate cancer claimed the lives of close to 3,500 men in Australia last year.
Photo: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Megan Cairney, ManUp! Founders Brian and Jill Costello and Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Gary Mark.