It has never been more imperative for Kiwis to ‘go blue’
this Blue September to join the fight and raise funds for
the special men in our lives – our mates, father, brothers,
uncles and grandfathers.
Blue September is Prostate
Cancer Foundation New Zealand’s National Prostate Cancer
Awareness month and the Foundation is asking New Zealanders
to hold a “Blue Do” to raise awareness and to fundraise and
join the fight against prostate cancer.
Blue September campaign is led by long-term ambassador,
Jason Gunn, who shares an emotional message about the man
behind Thingee, the puppet from his renowned ‘Son of a
Gunn’ children’s show and long-time friend.
recently lost my mate Alan to prostate cancer, so I guess
you could say Blue September is personal for me this year.
Let’s throw the biggest, bluest Blue Dos we’ve ever
thrown, and please, get checked. Prostate Cancer is a real
Thingee,” urges Gunn.
Kiwis can make a donation
online, or get friends, family and colleagues together for a
“Blue Do” sharing photos and the hashtag #bluedothingee
across their social channels. A Blue Do could be a morning
tea, a round of golf, a dress-up day in the office, a
bloke’s BBQ or a girls’ night out. Whatever it is, the
Prostate Cancer Foundation is asking kiwis to theme it blue
to create awareness and raise money to go towards
life-saving research, education programmes and support for
the men and families who are suffering.
cancer is the number one cancer affecting men in New Zealand
– one in eight men will be diagnosed in their lifetime, one
is diagnosed every three hours and at least one will die
each day. With most men not experiencing symptoms, the key
to decreasing these devastating figures is yearly check-ups
and early diagnosis.
New statistics reveal that almost
300 fewer men were diagnosed in March and April this year as
a result of New Zealand’s lockdown, when compared to the
same period last year. COVID-19 has meant delays in testing,
diagnosis and treatment, which could be fatal. It is very
likely that the recent level 3 lockdown in Auckland has
meant a delay for men getting their regular check which
means a further delay in diagnosis.
detection leading to better outcomes, Prostate Cancer
Foundation’s message is clear – get checked and tell your
mates and loved ones to do the same.
Dr Jim Duthie,
prostate cancer surgeon and medical advisor to the Prostate
Cancer Foundation commented, “Taking care of your own health
is also about taking care of the people that depend on you.
If we want to live not only longer but better lives, it
takes some investment now. Prostate cancer screening is as
easy as a blood test, and can pick up a problem well before
you have any symptoms and while it can still be successfully
treated. It is worth it to you, and to your loved
Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Chief Executive,
Graeme Woodside, says, “We have recently witnessed the power
that New Zealand can have when they come together as one.
We’re now calling on the country to get involved with our
Blue September campaign to encourage our Kiwi men to put
their health first, raise money and save lives.”
the latest level 3 lockdown in Auckland, sign-ups for Blue
Dos are well behind where they were last year, so we are
asking people to plan their Blue Do and sign up on the Blue
September website”, says Graeme.
Go to www.blueseptember.org.nz
to find out how to put on your own ‘Blue Do’ and donate
to join the fight against prostate cancer. Every dollar