Be a Man for cancer research

Sandgate is hosting a masters carnival this weekend.

More than 300 AFL Masters players will descend on Sandgate this Saturday, for the inaugural ‘Be a Man’ carnival, in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The Hawks will host Masters teams from around South-East Queensland for a round robin competition.

Sandgate masters secretary, Greg Bakx, said he had the idea for the carnival from his partner,

“She said, ‘You blokes are getting kind of old now. Maybe you should start thinking about associating yourselves with a cause like prostate cancer,” Bakx said.

Bakx said it was important for players in the Masters demographic, in this case over 38s and over 45s, to be aware of prostate cancer.

“I think it is really important for guys of our age to have a social conscience around this issue,” he said.

“This is a great way to promote the game of Masters AFL as well.”

While the games are round robins, there is a little competition to spice things up on the day.

The team that raises the most money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation will receive a free paddle boarding lesson.

As well as footy, the club will have plenty of action for the whole family.

Kids can get their faces painted for $5 from 8am-1pm and there will be clowns entertaining the crowd from 10:30am-12:30pm.

There will be plenty of food on offer too, with an ice cream van as well as a BBQ and the club’s usual food facilities.

Bakx hopes the carnival will become an annual event, potentially rotated around various clubs.

As well as all of the money raised by the teams, 10 per cent of all proceeds from the day will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

The ‘Be a Man’ masters carnival kicks off at 8am on Saturday March 23.

For more information, contact Greg Bakx on 0423 436 655.

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