THE Ipswich Four Wheel Drive Club is taking the lead in the community in its fundraising drive for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Many members of the club have experienced prostate problems and two members are now recovering from operations.
So when the club was asked to support the fundraiser it jumped at the chance. A committee was formed and $2000 was put aside to get the event under way.
Within three months of canvassing Ipswich businesses the club had $15,500 worth of quality products and a 6x4 trailer to put them all in. Companies such as Battery World, Economy Trailers, Snap on Tools, Coolana Contracting on PRO-ex each gave more than $1000 worth of products. The Boonah business community was also very generous with its donations.
The goods will be raffled off over the next eight months with the competition closing in time for Father's Day this year. The main prize is the trailer filled with items, while second prize consists of gardening items and third prize will be outdoor and camping products.
Foundation club member Jim Williams said prostate cancer was a deadly disease that was often overlooked.
"More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer," he said. "It is a disease that men don't talk about, but one that they should discuss amongst themselves...and get themselves checked out.
"We need money for research into prostate cancer because it seems to have been left behind.
"We intend to make the community aware of what prostate cancer is doing to the men of Australia."
Members will be out and about next year selling tickets.
"The products in the trailer include things like generators, fridges, camping equipment and tools," Mr Williams said.
"Raffle tickets are $2 each and we'll be selling those at shopping centres, markets and places like Boonah, Rosewood and hopefully Esk as well."