Matthew Hayden AM
PCFA is fortunate to have former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden as celebrity ambassador of the Big Aussie Barbie campaign. Matthew played 103 Test Cricket Matches for Australia, and his record 30 Test centuries surpassed even the great Sir Donald Bradman. We asked Matthew why he chose to support PCFA, and what drives his life and ambitions.
What drew you to PCFA?
My dad Lawrie was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010. When we were told he had prostate cancer, my whole family was effectively given a cancer diagnosis. You go through treatment and recovery together, just like team work in cricket, and it teaches you the importance of banding together to fight this dreadful disease. So my family understands first-hand the devastating effects of a prostate cancer diagnosis. I believe we need to get to the point where discussing health issues, like prostate cancer, is a normal part of our conversations with friends and family.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The saying, ‘You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy’, is certainly applicable to me. I loved growing up in Kingaroy, country Queensland and to this day I still enjoy getting into the countryside or going home to our family property.
I am extremely proud of my achievements as a professional cricketer but at the centre of my life is my family.
I am also passionate about building a legacy beyond the famous sporting grounds of the world and replace my 20-year mantra of ‘watch the ball’ with ‘doing, sharing, being’ and focusing on projects which continue to inspire me: media businesses, public speaking & humanitarian endeavours.
Do you support other charities?
In addition to PCFA, it is a privilege to be an Ambassador for the Global Public School of Kerala in India, Co-Patron of Ronald McDonalds House and Co-Patron of the Champagnat Trust, an initiative of my old school Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane. I’m also proud that my company, The Hayden Way, also takes the lead on community initiatives and continues to drive our partnership with the beautiful people of Tiwi Islands.
What do you do to relax?
Fishing is one of my favourite pastimes, and it’s a great way to spend time with my family. My all-time favourite places to fish would be Moreton Island, flicking for flathead. Cooking is also one of my passions. I love to share my foodie experiences and journey, inspired by characters I’ve met along the way. I plan on building on my repertoire of food publications (Matthew Hayden Cookbooks 1 & 2) as it’s something that really makes me happy.
What does a Big Aussie Barbie look like at the Hayden household?
I’m looking forward to sharing some home-caught flatties and a cold beer with my family and friends at my next Barbie. It’s is a great way for me to relax, and keep up the conversation about prostate cancer.
I really hope that people across the nation are getting behind the Big Aussie Barbie this year. It is a simple way Australians can help PCFA provide information and support to men like my dad. It is all about turning an everyday barbecue into a Big Aussie Barbie, raise some vital funds for PCFA and start talking about prostate cancer with your family, mates or colleagues at work.
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