Returning for its sixth consecutive year, the Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch in Wagga has raised close to $200,000 for prostate cancer research.
With that amount over time, the group has been able to contribute to funding treatment trials, including research surrounding the LU177 antigen therapy.
"It's a really exciting drug and it's having outstanding results worldwide," said Andrew Roberts, conveyor of the charity's committee in Wagga.
The event is now organised by Wagga's Apex group, and is the first in NSW to be established. Founded in Shepparton, Victoria, the Blokes' Biggest Lunch is now in its 11th year.
Mr Roberts believes the function of the charity grows in importance year upon year as technology and treatments continue to action a potential cure," Mr Roberts said.
"Some of the practices we had just six years ago when we started the lunch, they're already outdated.
"A year is a long time in cancer research, so what we're seeing each year is that the diagnosis rate is improving, the treatment and care are improving enormously," Mr Roberts said.
"The survivorship work has also improved, so we're seeing men being able to stay active and healthy after their treatment."
For the past several years, the event has seen a standout crowd of more than 300.
Mr Roberts expects this year will be no different, especially since joining the celebration this year will be cricketing icon Merv Hughes.
"Such is the popularity of the event every year that we don't have to worry about selling tickets, we have to worry about finding a venue that can fit everyone in who wants to come," he said.