Sydney sets official Guinness World Record for World’s Longest BBQ Marathon

Sydney, 2 September 2011: At 9:30am this morning, a team of six exhausted yet exhilarated Commonwealth Bank staff successfully set an official Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest BBQ Marathon. The team barbequed non-stop for 26.5 hours to officially launch International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

PCFA and Commonwealth Bank joined forces to host this huge public barbeque, which began yesterday, Thursday 1 September, at Cathedral Square in Sydney. The aim of the BBQ was to encourage Australians all over the country to host a ‘Big Aussie Barbie’ of their own throughout September to raise money for this incredibly important cause.

After cooking over 1,000 bacon and egg rolls, 2,000 sausage sandwiches, 1,500 steaks, 350 veggie burgers, 1,500 cobs of corn and 350 chicken breasts, the team of six were understandably tired when they put down their tongs at 9:30am this morning. They were presented with their official Guinness World Record by celebrity chef and BBQ extraordinaire, Ben O’Donoghue.

Despite their exhaustion, however, the team was euphoric with the knowledge that they had just made history. Commonwealth Bank team member, Jason Schonhagen, said of completing the record:

“I can’t believe that just a week ago, we were co-workers in different areas of Commonwealth Bank but now, the six of us have come together to set a Guinness World Record! Of course it was a challenging experience, and we all had moments where we wanted to give up, but we never lost sight of the reason we volunteered for the challenge – to make a real difference for this fantastic cause.”

Hungry Sydney-siders flocked to Cathedral Square throughout the marathon for the feast, and dug deep into their pockets, with over $10,000 donated in exchange for food. The BBQ team had also raised $10,000 through family, friends and colleagues, which Commonwealth Bank matched this morning, bringing the total tally to over $30,000. These funds will help PCFA continue their vital research into the cause, treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.

Commonwealth Bank also ensured no food went to waste during the World Record attempt and worked with OzHarvest to deliver hot meals to Sydney homeless shelters at regular points throughout the night.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men. Tragically, this year, almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 3,300 men will die of the disease1.

Dr. Anthony Lowe, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, says,

“We thank the team of Commonwealth Bank volunteers as well as all the Sydney-siders who came down to show their support. We ask that all Australians now host their own Big Aussie Barbie during September, to enable us to invest in world leading research, raise awareness of prostate cancer and support men and their families affected by the disease.” 

Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ralph Norris, is proud to continue supporting PCFA during this important campaign.

“In an organisation as large and diverse as ours, the prevalence of prostate cancer means that it is something that sadly and inevitably affects the lives of many of our customers, staff, friends and family. I am incredibly proud of the team of Commonwealth Bank volunteers for achieving this milestone, and hope that the funds raised by this BBQ will further support the important work of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.”

Go to to host a Big Aussie Barbie throughout September.


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Notes to Editors

Guinness World Record BBQ Guidelines :

  • No team member may be substituted during the BBQ. The team that begins the challenge must be the same team that completes it or the Guinness World Record is not valid.
  • Each member of the team must be cooking continuously, not preparing food or cleaning.
  • Each member of the team must have at least two items of food on the BBQ at any point during the record.
  • There must be at least five different items of food being cooked and served throughout the entire BBQ.
  • Each member of the team is only allowed one five-minute break for every completed hour of cooking, but may accumulate this over a longer period e.g. take a 20 minute break after four hours.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

PCFA is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. It is dedicated to providing support for Australian men and their families impacted by prostate cancer, raising awareness and funding important Australian research projects.

PCFA receives limited funding from government, therefore relying on the generosity of individuals, the community and important partnerships with corporate Australia, such as the Commonwealth Bank, to carry out its essential work.

For further information about prostate cancer or PCFA, visit or free call 1800 22 00 99.

About the Commonwealth Bank’s ongoing support of PCFA

The Commonwealth Bank has been a major supporter of the PCFA since 2002. It is committed to the communities in which it operates and to supporting organisations that contribute to the health and wellbeing of all Australians. For more information, visit


1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Cancer in Australia: An overview, 2008. AIHW CAN 42. Excludes non-melanoma skin cancers.