11 January 2022

Two Narara brothers are starting off 2022 in the right gear, helping to drive funds and awareness into prostate cancer research and local support services.

Logan (19) and Ronan Grattan (17) will hold a 4X4 fundraiser on January 15 from 10am to 3pm at Watagans National Park to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Local 4X4 enthusiasts are invited to join them for a day of driving, food and fun in support of the cause. Drivers are asked to meet at Pines Picnic Area at 10am (entry through Martinsville Road then onto Watagans Forrest Road, Onley).

The brothers were inspired to give back in 2022 after their own uncle, Mike Berton, passed away from advanced prostate cancer last year at just 53 years old.

“We want to honour Uncle Mike, and start a conversation about men’s health in the hope it saves even one family from going through what our family has,” Logan said.

“Considering each of the guys involved in the event will have a male figure in their life, this conversation and awareness could potentially save a life.”

Ronan said Mike also loved four-wheel-driving so the event was a no-brainer.

“Through 4X4 we’ve found a community of people who would never drive pass someone that needed a hand without stopping to help – and this is what this fundraiser is all about, helping out where we can,” he said.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help and support of our Aunty Jen, Mike’s wife, who has helped us get this off the ground.”

Jen Berton, who also lives locally, said she couldn’t be prouder of her nephews.

“Mike was a fit, healthy and active man. He had no family history of prostate cancer, and it was never on the radar. But after being tested at 51 they found a high PSA level to which further investigation showed an aggressive form of prostate cancer,” Jen said.

“Twenty-two months later he passed away at just 53 years – leaving behind his family and friends.  

“I don’t want any other family to go through what we have so I am proud of Logan and Ronan for thinking up a way to raise awareness of prostate cancer. I know that their Uncle Mike would be so proud of them.”

Logan and Ronan encouraged locals to show their support for the cause by donating at https://fundraise.pcfa.org.au/fundraisers/jenberton

Those interested in attending can also RSVP via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/s/4x4-cancer-awareness-fundraise/3023906887925413/.

PCFA CEO Anne Savage commended Logan and Ronan for their commitment to helping locals impacted by prostate cancer.

“Logan and Ronan are an inspiration to us all – taking up the challenge to make a difference in their local community and raise vital funds for the cause,” Ms Savage said.

“Their support will help us fund new research and support services to ensure that every man diagnosed with prostate cancer has the best chance of successfully treating this disease.

“Every 30 minutes one of our fathers or sons will hear the news that he has prostate cancer. Alarmingly, it remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.

“Across the Central Coast alone over 3,400 men are living with prostate cancer, with an additional 300 men newly diagnosed each year.

“Together, with the help of community champions, we can continue to strive for a future free from prostate cancer.”

For prostate cancer information and support, call PCFA on 1800 22 00 99.

To host your own fundraiser, sign up at www.fundraise.pcfa.org.au and join the PCFA-Team.

For prostate cancer information and support, call PCFA on 1800 22 00 99.


Media contact: Laura McKoy | M. 0435 094 788