Thursday 09 April 2020

PA Research Foundation recognises all AVC have done for Prostate Cancer research

PA Research Foundation has moved to thank Australian Venue Co. (AVC) for their unwavering support and significant contribution to prostate cancer research.

Racking up eight years of supporting MANDATE prostate cancer fundraising events through their venues in 2019, AVC has helped raise more than $1.2 million in funds for the PA Research Foundation for vital prostate cancer research at the PA Hospital based Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre of Queensland.

With the current COVID-19 situation in Australia pressing pause on AVC's ability to continue hosting MANDATE events, PA Research Foundation CEO Damian Topp was quick to acknowledge the impact the company has had.

"All of us have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis in some way, and no one understands this more than the AVC venues that support this important cause, our thoughts are with all of their staff who are doing it tough at the moment," he said.

"Every year they step up to help us raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for prostate cancer research, funds which we allocate to cutting edge research which focuses on improving patient outcomes and saving lives.

"We can't thank them enough, and when all of this is over, we can't wait to see them all again and work towards difference-making research for prostate cancer patients."

The MANDATE campaign which normally launches in June each year, sees AVC host fundraising events for prostate cancer research in 90 of its Queensland and interstate venues throughout June and July, with its key theme to encourage men to make an annual date with their GP and take charge of their health.

MANDATE events in AVC venues which include trivia nights, carnivals, karaoke nights, waxing events, ladies nights and more raised more than $199,000 in 2019, with Mr Topp adding the company also plays an important role in raising awareness in the communities which are home to their locations.

"A huge part of saving lives is medical research but also raising awareness, so men know the signs of prostate cancer and speak with their GP, by partnering with us in MANDATE, AVC have played a massive role in raising prostate cancer awareness at a local level," Mr Topp said.

"Their enthusiasm for helping us and their communities has grown with each year, and so has our gratitude and the value we place on their support."

To support the work of MANDATE in funding prostate cancer research you can donate here.