BLUE SEPTEMBER - DO SOMETHING BLUE - PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION NZ

September 01, 2021

SMITS GROUP CONTINUES TO HELP FIGHT AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER

Smits Group once again joins up with Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ to spread the message to the Automotive and Refinish Industry about the reality of Prostate Cancer in our country, DO SOMETHING BLUE TO HELP A MATE THROUGH! - what our guys can do to increase awareness, reduce their risk, support our mates and help raise funds for research and more importantly fund programs to help those impacted get the treatment they need and support for themselves and family.

Whilst there is quite a lot going on in our world at the moment, not everything waits until the sky clears so my message here changes very little.  Every day we come to work and consider our health and safety within the workplace by looking at our surroundings, changing some of the products we use to safer substances, we think carefully about what is worn to do the job be it gloves, mask, overalls etc and that’s fantastic. But what I want you all to consider for your business, workmates, and most important of all your family and friends and just go and get a simple PSA blood test.  This is the earliest and simplest detection and frankly the power is very much in your hands to get to your doctor and get this done.

When I read the high statistics and noted the continued imbalance of funding and support to other causes then look to how staunch and often silent our industry can be, the decision remains clear. Through a variety of events throughout the year from car events, contribution associated with products and simple donation choices, our aim is to be that frequent voice to go and get your checks but also be a frequent funder to the cause.

We launch our program with Blue September - DO SOMETHING BLUE TO HELP A MATE THROUGH!. Through TradeSaver we have selected ‘blue’ lines that by simply purchasing what you would normally use will contribute to Blue September fund.  The selections will refresh through the month so keep an eye out.

In addition, and should restrictions allow, there will be a Meguiar's Car Crazy Charity Cruise to begin at our East Tamaki location to end at Hampton Downs.  Full details can be found here, but I encourage you to get in amongst it!

Please look for the ribbon tabs onsite. We also give you the opportunity to add $5 if you choose when you confirm your purchase.

Our aim has always been to keep our industry strong and focused on the future so please do look after yourselves.


Darlene Smits & the team at Smits Group

 

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Starting 6 September 2021
Meguiars Ceramic Range (G190526, G200200, G200416, G200526) - $1 per bottle given to PCNZ
Meguiars Marine Range - $1 per bottle given to PCNZ

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Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise

This year, we’ve joined forces with the crews at Hampton Downs and Caffeine and Gasoline to bring you our annual Meguiar’s Car Crazy Charity Cruise. We’ll all be looking forward to welcoming summer and stretching our legs after another lockdown – which is the perfect time to get your car cruise ready and join us in the crusade against Prostate Cancer. We invite you to hit the streets with us to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ and cruise to Hampton Downs for Caffeine and Gasoline. We have locked in Sunday 26 September 2021 starting at Meguiar’s / Smits Group HQ in East Tamaki.

Registration is $25 per car and you’ll take home a bag worth over $75 of Meguiar’s and Smits Group goodies, plus you’ll be eligible for our grand prize for Meguiar’s Ultimate Shine People’s Choice Award as voted by the public, which includes a $500 Meguiar’s Prize Pack and a double pass for a Hampton Downs Go Kart session. Register your car online now at www.meguiars.co.nz

We highly recommend paying your registration fee as soon as possible to secure your spot and avoid disappointment.


This Blue September, join in and help support kiwi blokes living with prostate cancer.

PROSTATE CANCER FAST FACTS - WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW ZEALAND

  • Today, ten New Zealand men will be told they have prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand Men - 1 in 8 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • More than 3,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year
  • More men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • More than 650 men die from prostate cancer in NZ each year. That’s 55 men dying each month
  • There are over 42,000 men in New Zealand living with prostate cancer
  • Early detection can save lives and screening for prostate cancer can be done with a simple PSA blood test arranged by your GP
  • Men over age 50 should get regular check-ups (at age 40 if there’s a family history)
  • The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ receives no government funding and aims to raise $1 million during their Blue September fundraising month so they can carry on providing vital support, funding essential research and advocating for patients and their loved ones
  • The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ need your help to raise the funds that support people living with prostate cancer – this September they’re asking kiwis to Do Something Blue to Help a Mate Through
  • Getting involved in Blue September this year will make a real difference to Kiwi men
  • There are lots of other ways you can support Blue September this year: make a donation, buy sponsored products or Blue September merchandise
  • The sky is the limit when it comes to Doing Something Blue this Blue September

IMPACT:

  • Between 10%-20% of men with prostate cancer progress to advanced/metastatic prostate cancer within 3-5 years
  • The effects of having prostate cancer can be devastating on relationships, finances and careers, affecting not just families, but friendships, workplaces and wider communities
  • Often those treated are left with unwelcome outcomes of incontinence and erectile dysfunction

About the testing process:

  • Early detection saves lives – it’s as simple as that. Prostate cancer is very treatable when diagnosed early
  • A PSA blood test is all it takes to start the process – simple and quick
  • If you’re between 50-70 then consider an annual prostate check that includes both a PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE)
  • Men over the age of 40 are strongly recommended to have regular prostate checks if there is a family history of prostate cancer
  • Following preliminary blood or DRE tests, if there is an abnormality in results, a biopsy will be taken to make a diagnosis. Additionally, there are bone scans, MRI scans and PET/CT scans which determine treatment options


Share your Blue Do on social media using the hashtag #DoSomethingBlue

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For more information:

www.bluesptember.org.nz

www.prostate.org.nz

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