Big Blue Ball Raising Money to Boost Men’s Health
Prince George, B.C.- The Rotary Club of Prince George is prepping to host it’s 5th annual Big Blue Ball fundraising event, and is seeing positive results of past efforts to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and to have men seek prostate exams.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among Canadian men . According to Prostate Cancer Canada, one in eight men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. Early detection can make a world of difference.
That is why the Rotary Club of Prince George is not only raising funds, but working hard to raise awareness about prostate cancer through programs such as Men’s Health Days which offer a clinic setting for men to be screened .
The clinics have been a positive move to get men to have themselves checked says the Rotary Club of Prince George’s Ross Birchall “We are already seeing more people catching illnesses such as prostate cancer early on and that is a huge key to surviving diseases like that.” Birchall says its important for men to see a Doctor as soon as they sense something isn’t right “Getting the conversation going in communities like Prince George in Northern B.C. where we have a historically low rate of subscription, so to speak, when men go to see their Doctor, we wait until the last second until something feels really wrong and it’s often too late unfortunately.”
The Club also uses funds raised from the Big Blue Ball to operate its Prince George Prostate Cancer Support group.
But the clinics and support can’t happen without funding, and that’s where the Big Blue Ball comes in. Birchall says in the past, each event has raised between $50 and $60 thousand dollars .
This year, the event is set for November 12th at the Coast Inn of the North, and Birchall says it won’t be the ‘same old, same old’ “We’re switching it up. There’s a huge craft beer focus, obviously with a new craft brewery coming in, and the success of Ale Fest has shown us that this is what the community wants, we want more networking, more excitement at the events so it’s not your average sit down dinner.” So this time round, it will be a roaming dinner concept. The Coast Inn of the North is partnering with the Culinary Arts program at the College of New Caledonia and there will be six food stations set up with craft beer and wine pairings.
There will be music ( Pink Champagne will provide the tunes) and of course there will be a silent as well as live auction.
Tickets for the Big Blue Ball are $85 each and can be purchased at the Coast Inn of the North, or online by clicking here.