Tractor drives home health-check message

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

A small group has set off on a tour across the nation in a tractor to send a simple yet important message — get regular health checks.

The trip has been sponsored by Elders to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

A meal at the iconic Iron Clad Hotel and a night at the Marble Bar caravan park were among the highlights marking the first few weeks of the 57-day tour. Ron Bywaters, the organiser of the group driving the Chamberlain 9G tractor, said the tour was all about raising awareness and the importance of early detection.

Mr Brywaters said the patrons in Marble Bar were very interested in what the group was doing.

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“Men don’t like to talk about these things ... if we can encourage people to talk about it, that’s what we aim to do,” he said.

“In regional areas, it’s more important because townspeople get more opportunities, particularly men. We’re raising funds for prostate cancer and trying to encourage people to have regular medical checks.”

One of the other travelling members has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer and has been speaking openly about his journey with people.

“Once people see the tractor, they want to come over and take photographs and see what we’re all about,” he said.

“If we save one life, it’s all worth it.”

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