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Longest Lunch could save lives

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March 22, 2018

MORE than 160 men spent March 2 learning about their health and having a laugh with sporting stars Chris Connolly and Matthew Richardson.

The third Kyabram Men’s Longest Lunch was held at the Kyabram Club and proved to be what Nick Curnow from the organising committee called “the best one yet”.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to Kyabram Men’s Health.

“All the feedback I have got from the day is that everyone enjoyed it and said it was another step up from the previous two,” Mr Curnow said.

“People loved the speakers, everyone I’ve spoken to has commented on how good Richo and Connolly were.”

While Richardson and Connolly entertained the crowd with old footballing stories and cheap shots at some local football clubs, there was a bigger focus on the day.

Dr Robert Brun from the Kyabram Regional Clinic reminded all men in attendance of the dangers of skin cancers and how easily the sun can do damage.

Dr Brun presented a 20-minute slide show on the different types of skin cancers, how they can be identified and how to avoid them.

“That part of the day is really important, if one bloke in that building takes a look at their skin or goes in for a health check, then it was a success,” Mr Curnow said.

The lunch went for four hours and was split up into four quarters. In between quarters, Richmond fans were able to grab a photo or signature, or just have a chat with Matthew Richardson.

The first quarter was based on Connolly and his career first as a player at Melbourne and then as a coach at Fremantle.

In the second, Richardson talked through his beloved Richmond’s premiership success, and his long illustrious career, while the third quarter was based on men’s health.

In the last quarter, Connolly called Kyabram born and bred Kelly O’Donnell to the stage.

Kelly and Connolly have a long-running alliance after playing together at the Melbourne Football Club. The pair joined up again when Kelly was appointed assistant coach under Connolly at Fremantle.

Kelly is now a recruiter at Melbourne and recently was awarded life membership for his service to the club.

It provided a nice local link to the day, and Mr Curnow said he couldn’t be more pleased.

“We were rapt — everyone behaved themselves and showed the day the respect it deserves.

“We’re not sure how much was raised at the moment, that will be a bit later in the week but we just want to thank everyone for supporting the day.”

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