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Prostate Cancer Research & Treatment

Lions Prostate Cancer projects were featured during the Inaugural Blue Steel Week (commencing on Father’s Day in September).

Lions National Chairman Lou Onley said, “Lions Clubs throughout Australia have worked hard with a common goal to raise funds for this much needed work. I thank them for their selfless efforts and know they will be delighted with the long term benefits of both Blue Steel Week and the research work being undertaken at the Mater Medical Research Institute (MMR).”

A metal badge shaped like a sword with lions emblem in centre of handle

Lions Prostate Blue Steel Badge

Blue Steel Week is an initiative of Lions District Governor, Queenslander Merv Ferguson OAM, and focuses on awareness and fundraising for Prostate Cancer research.

A newly designed commemorative badge for Blue Steel Week in the form of a broken sword has some meaningful elements. The sword is a fighting instrument, the steel represents strength and the notches signify those that have beaten the disease”.

The badge costing $10 is part of this annual event each Father’s Day and is available from participating Lions Clubs, shopping centres and street stalls around Australia. All funds raised from sales of the badge will go to the Lions Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP). For further information please contact:

Lion John Grimstone District 201Q1 Prostate Cancer Chairman 07 32663948
Lion Merv Rose District 201Q1 Media/PR Officer 0478 681 300

Sale Proceeds To Be Credited As Follows
For fundraising contributions please arrange to Credit:
District 201Q1 Community Service A/c,  BSB 014254,  A/c No.900195317

Please use an abbreviated club name and ensure the word Prostate is included in the message. All orders can be placed though the manufacturers Precision Badges in Brisbane, Min Order 100. (Perhaps clubs can purchase as a Zone project if they don’t wish to spend $500 from Community Service A/c). Badges are purchased for $5 direct from the manufacturers (preferably by email) and on- sold to the public for $10 during this week.

Order Form – Blue Steel BadgesFile Size is 163 KB
Media Release Prostate CancerFile Size is 224 KB

Fight Against Prostate Cancer.

AutoMac deviceThe Lions Prostate Cancer Research and Treatment Project is to support the development of medical services for research and treatment of Prostate Cancer. Lions Clubs throughout Australia show their support by donations to purchase specific laboratory equipment. Through our collaboration with the Mater Prostate Cancer Research laboratory (MMRI), this equipment will be established in their Mater Prostate Cancer Research laboratory, to help develop a immunotherapy treatment of patients with prostate cancer.

Thanks to the Lions Clubs of Australia, through your generous donations to the project, we were able to purchase this latest state of the art research equipment for the Mater Medical Research Institute. The AutoMac device, at a cost of $75,000.00 will be used to separate the cancer stem cells from Prostate and Bowel tumors. Stem cells are used to watch how aggressive these cancers develop by comparing them to normal or benign samples, furthering understanding of this disease.

For further information contact Lion John Grimstone Chairman for the managing club, Brisbane Riverside, at

For further information on research & treatment check out the following link Mater Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Donations by Lions Clubs
Lions Club donations by cheque, please make payable to Lions prostate cancer research and mail to Lions Prostate Cancer project, PO Box 437 NUNDAH qld 4012. The required equipment, once purchased, is donated to the Mater Medical Research Institution and used in their Laboratory for the Research into finding a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Below is a gallery of equipment bought with funds donated by Lions Clubs

Lions Prostate Cancer Awareness Project

For thirteen years Lions worked in partnership with the Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) and more recently the SA Prostate Cancer Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCOC). These are groups of health professionals specialising in the field of urological disorders including prostate cancer. APCC was the first such collaboration of its type and resulted in development of our website. When launched, the website was cutting edge and won International acclaim.

The driving forces behind the Australian Lions Cancer Awareness Project were Dr Corole Pinnock and PDG Carlene King OAM, the then Manager of the Multiple District Youth & Community Projects.

Our initiative led the way and a number of very good websites dealing with men’s health evolving and in particular prostate cancer awareness. These have been created by State entities and other organisations and there is excellent online access for men seeking knowledge and support in this area. Links to these websites can be found below.

How have Lions Clubs’ or Districts’ donations helped?
The site offered basic information on prostate cancer, contacts for support groups throughout Australia, information on accessing treatment. Up until recent times an online helpline (‘Ask Andy’) was attached to this site and updated regularly. Three months after it was first launched in April 2000, the site had 2,300 unique visitor sessions per month and 58,000 hits. This has grown to 26,000 visitor sessions per month and 322,000 hits. This part of the site is now managed by the Cancer Council of Victoria.

The News section (‘What’s Hot’) was updated weekly and was the most frequently visited section. The Prostate Health Improvement Program (PHIP) materials which provided information useful at each stage of the disease, beginning with whether and when to be tested, is the next most popular. The first two issues of the PHIP series were available in 7 languages. The pages most frequently used, apart from English pages were the Polish, Croatian and Italian versions and have been frequently downloaded.

At its peak, nearly 3 gigabyte of information (70-80 files) was downloaded from the site monthly, with the most popular resource being the Localised Prostate Cancer: a guide for men and their families. This resource was also in great demand in hard copy (over 100,000 copies distributed), and is commonly used by urologists for their newly diagnosed patients.

While the website still provided useful information and assistance on prostate cancer, the activity on the site diminished due to the number of other sites now available. The Cancer Council has a national website and one in every State and Territory with the exception of South Australia who is best served in the area of prostate cancer through SA-PCOC. Loins should direct their enquires through these sites, each vary as to their coverage of Prostate Cancer, but most have excellent websites support by health professionals.

Lions will continue to support the fight against Prostate Cancer through the Lions Prostate Cancer Treatment & Research Project, a category “B” project managed on behalf of the Multiple District by the Brisbane Riverside (enquiries and donations to this project can be forwarded to Chairman John Grimstone, Lions Prostate Cancer Treatment & Research Project, PO Box 437, NUNDAH QLD 4012).

PDG Ron Skeen OAM

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