Kekovich says don't be sheepish and check your blokes parts
AUSTRALIAN truck parts network PACCAR Parts is aiming to donate $50,000 to prostate cancer research by the end of October, with the held of an important message from Sam Kekovich.
PACCAR's campaign, led by ambassador and funnyman Kekovich, is supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) with its fundraising campaign 'Parts for Parts', encouraging Aussie truckies to get themselves checked and donate to a worthy cause.
Kekovich and PACCAR have today released a short video outlining the risks and importance of getting checked for prostate cancer.
"It's the mark of a man, who talks about his prostate," Kekovich says in the video.
"Tomorrow when you get up, think of me, think of your parts, and make that appointment to see your GP."
As part of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, some of the profits from selected PACCAR Parts products will go directly to the PCFA along with any donations made in store.
In Australia, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and one of the biggest risk factors facing the road transport industry.
More than 3,000 men die of prostate cancer every year, making it one of the deadliest cancers in Australia.
As the biggest retailer of truck parts in Australia, PACCAR Parts is committed to improving the health of truck drivers and raising funds to support the PCFA.
PACCAR Parts Sales & Marketing Services Manager Marian Dekker, knows how difficult life on the road can be, even without health issues like prostate cancer.
"Our truckies are responsible for keeping this country moving, however all that time on the road isn't good for their overall health," she said.
"We want to encourage Aussie truckies to look after their wellbeing and take steps towards reducing their prostate cancer risk factors; that means living a healthier lifestyle, moving more and improving their diet."
The PCFA encourages all men to consider their overall health and lifestyle, which may affect the risk of prostate cancer.
Men, especially those with a family history of prostate cancer, should consider talking to their GPs about this as part of their yearly health check, especially as they get older.
PCFA Victoria and Tasmania State Manager John Strachan is thankful to have PACCAR Parts come on board as a partner.
"Despite some grants from the government, the majority of our funding comes through donations, and we are so grateful for PACCAR Parts' support," Strachan said.
"The money raised will go towards community education activities, world-leading cancer research and sufferer support services.
"This means we will be able to better target men like truckies, to help them lead a healthier lifestyle and know when to see a general practitioner.
"The Parts for Parts campaign is a fantastic way to raise awareness of this terrible disease."
PACCAR Parts will also be hosting a fundraising barbecue at its Bayswater headquarters on September 29.
To find your nearest PACCAR Parts dealership, or to donate, visit paccarparts.com.au