Pirtek Challenge raises $130K
  |  First Published: October 2014

The world’s biggest fishing competition isn’t all about catching fish. The Pirtek Fishing Challenge is a charity event supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

This year’s Challenge had a record 8500 competitors and raised an incredible $130,000. The CEO of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Associate Professor Anthony Lowe, accepted the cheque, and said the funds would go towards further research and awareness programs. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia is a community organisation that works to reduce the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, families and the wider community by promoting and funding research into prostate cancer; implementing awareness campaigns and education programs; and supporting affected men and their families.

Michael Guest, Stephen Dutton CEO Pirtek Fluid Systems and Dr Lowe were invited to join the crew from the Matty Johns Show which airs on Foxtel every Monday at 9pm. Gorden Tallis, Nathan Hindmarsh and Brian Fletcher are regular panel members on the show and are also great supporters of the Fishing Challenge.

Stephen Dutton commented, “It was great to have three Pirtek Brand Ambassadors together for the cheque handover. Both Nathan and Gorden have been fishing with Michael and have first-hand experience on what the Challenge is all about. Pirtek are very proud to be supporting prostate cancer research and awareness programs.”

In the last six years the Pirtek Fishing Challenge has raised almost $650,000 for prostate cancer. The Challenge is an annual event held in late March every year. The competition is open to anglers right across Australia with 20 target species and $150,000 in cash and prizes.

Michael Guest, Director of the Pirtek Fishing Challenge said, “$130,000 is a figure all fishos should be proud of. It’s amazing what a group of keen anglers can do when they get together. We’re looking to make the Challenge even bigger for 2015 with a target of 10,000 competitors.”

Pre-registrations are open now at www.pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au. Every month one lucky person will win a $100 Berkley tackle prize. Pre-registrations will be open until 1 December, 2014. - PFC

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