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Monday, 10 September 2018
Page: 8374


Dr McVEIGH (Groom) (13:58): Last year I rose in this chamber to talk of the It's a Bloke Thing charity fundraiser held in various locations around the country, most particularly in my home city of Toowoomba. Just last Monday, It's a Bloke Thing held a lunch fundraiser for prostate cancer, and it was a very significant event. Many might suggest it was just another ordinary Monday in Toowoomba. This lunch gathered together some hundreds of people across our community, for fundraising, as I said, reminding us all of the significance of prostate cancer and the importance of us all monitoring our own health. To mark the occasion we had a special guest, who flew in directly from the United States. I am referring, of course, to Keith Urban, who flew in to Toowoomba to conduct a brief concert for us. The significance for him, given the fact that his father was affected by prostate cancer, meant that he took the time to leave his tour in the United States to fly to Toowoomba to, I understand, briefly spend some time with his mother and brother for lunch, and then he returned straight back to the United States. Such is the significance of this cause that we could attract his support in Toowoomba. It was yet another successful event, raising over $2 million in one lunch.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.