Nillumbik Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch on 23rd October 2015.

Our Convenor, Peter Gebert was instrumental in organising the Nillumbik Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch on 23rd October 2015 as a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). It was held at the Nillumbik Community and Reception Centre. Such functions have been run successfully by country groups and this is the first to have been attempted by a city-based group. It was a resounding success with almost 200 attending and raising $14,000 for PCFA.

We are most appreciative of the contributions of sponsors, supporters, entertainers and others who made it all happen. Pictured below is the MC for the event, Tony Shaw doing a cheerful, energetic job. Thank you Tony.

We were delighted to be entertained by Mike Brady, seen below on stage in full voice.

In the background most of the time, keeping the event going smoothly, was our Convenor, Peter Gebert, seen here using balloons to help him shift one of the many donated prizes into position for the auction.

At the November meeting of the Diamond Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group, we presented the cheque for $14,000 to John Strachan of the PCFA.

From left to right, Sam Gebert, Terry Oakley, Hilary Oakley, John Strachan of PCFA, and Peter Gebert.


Eltham Festival.

The Eltham Rotary Club very generously donated this tent to help us to publicise the Support Group at the Eltham Rotary Town Fair on 8th and 9th November 2014. Many people sought information and we gained a small number of new members. Thank you Eltham Rotary.


Tenth Anniversary Celebration at the Montmorency-Eltham RSL

On the 18th of August, 2014, we celebrated our 10th birthday at the Montmorency-Eltham RSL. About 40 people joined in the celebration.

Our Guest Speakers, Dr Bernie Crimmins, General Practitioner, and A/Prof Nathan Lawrentschuk, urological surgeon and urological oncologist. gave us very interesting and useful addresses. Thank you gentlemen.

Steve Herbert, MP for Eltham, our Founding Patron. Thank you for all your work on our behalf Steve.

Cutting the birthday cake. L – R, Jennie Juchnevicius, (Steve Herbert’s Office Manager), Robert Philips, (our Founding President), David Snowden, (Founding Secretary, now assistant secretary/treasurer), Peter Gebert, (Group Convenor and MC for the celebration), Geoff Mathews, (Welfare Officer), Bill McKenna, (President, Montmorency-Eltham RSL), Laurel Blinman (volunteer).

L – R, Vicki Ward, candidate and now MP for Eltham, David Snowden, Geoff Mathews, Jennie Juchnevicius

Refreshment time.


Awareness Barbecue. March 2014

On Sunday, 23rd March, we staged an Awareness Barbecue at Finn’s Reserve, Templestowe with intention of letting passers-by learn of the existence of our Support Group and of being of some help to those who might have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or know someone who has. We attracted quite a bit of interest but so far, no new members.


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