PGA and Cancer Council launch golf community partnership
THE PGA of Australia has launched a new community partnership with Cancer Council, aimed at supporting the charity’s messages of research, prevention, support and advocacy.
The partnership aims to educate the Australian golf community on cancer risks and change unhealthy behaviours, with a view to creating a national legacy and an example for all sports.
The PGA will also encourage its network of PGA Professionals to fundraise on behalf of Cancer Council throughout the year; building on golf’s already substantial contribution to charity.
“This year numerous personal battles have emerged from within our membership and highlighted the need for all of us to increase our level of awareness and action when it comes to the fight against this disease,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
Whilst the program will aim to educate the golf community on numerous fronts related to Cancer Council’s core programs, the organisation’s SunSmart message will be a key focus of the partnership.
With the average golfer spending approximately four hours in the sun for every round of golf played, golfers are one of the high risk communities for skin cancers in Australia.
Each year, about 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer, with two in three Australians to be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
“One in every three cancers can be prevented – and there is more that we can all do to cut our cancer risk. We are looking forward to working closely with the PGA of Australia on how golfers can make simple, every day changes that will cut their cancer risk and set a great example for the wider community,” said Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper.