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North Wales Tractor Boys Show Support For Prostate Cymru

John Daniels and Brian Harries of Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru recently accepted an invitation to attend a meeting of the Dyffryn Ial Vintage Machinery Club which was held in Ruthin Castle.

The club was formed eight years ago and boasts around 80 members. Each year, money that is raised from their activities, mainly a Vintage Tractor Run in May and a Vintage Show and Threshing Day in October, is donated to charity.

During the evening, and in front of a large gathering of club members, John and Brian were presented with a cheque for £890 in support of Prostate Cymru. This was followed by a formal awareness talk given jointly by John and Brian. They stated also, how grateful they were to have had the opportunity to engage with a community in North Wales and how important it is that the work of the charity, although based in Cardiff, is seen to be inclusive of all men in every part of Wales.

The awareness talk was very well received and it has to be said, the experience showed just how much work is needed to be done by the charity and its awareness programme. This was highlighted when those present were asked if they knew what a PSA test was. Of all those present, only three were familiar with the test for prostate cancer.

With Chairman of Prostate Cymru, Consultant Surgeon Andy Thomas recently stating that early detection of Prostate Cancer would result in 99% of patents living at least 10 years, the importance of raising awareness is significant.

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