PGA and Can­cer Coun­cil launch golf com­mu­nity part­ner­ship

Inside Golf - - Poll Management -

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.

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