Central Coast men have a 20 per cent increased risk of death from prostate cancer, and now Clubs NSW Central Coast and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) have teamed up to do something about it.
The Clubs NSW Central Coast has just named PCFA an official charity partner for the next three years, in a bid to improve awareness and support for men in the region.
To kick-start their support, Clubs NSW Central Coast Region are hosting a sold-out Charity Race Day at the Wyong Race Club on Thursday, June 16, with all proceeds going to PCFA’s work across the Central Coast.
With 300 men diagnosed each year in the Central Coast area, Clubs NSW Central Coast Region Chairman, Phil Walker, said the benefits of the partnership would be profound.
“Too many Central Coast men are dying before their time from this disease, and we are committed to working with PCFA to do something about it, by getting the message out and raising funding for life-saving research and specialist nursing services,” he said.
“We’re hoping to enjoy a sell-out Charity Race Day and urge the community to show their support by joining us at the track.”
PCFA CEO, Anne Savage, commended Clubs NSW Central Coast Region.
“Nearly one in four cancers among men on the Central Coast are prostate cancer, which speaks to the prevalence of this disease and the impact it has on the local community,” she said.
“The Race Day is a wonderful chance for us to change things – to raise awareness and funds that save lives and promote detection of prostate cancer before it spreads.
“We know we can beat this disease if we detect it at its earliest stage, and we are galloping towards that goal faster than ever thanks to the Club NSW Central Coast Region and Wyong Racing,” Savage said.
Funds raised will be used to develop new awareness materials and expand PCFA’s work on the Coast, while ensuring clinical trials are accessible to men in the region.
“We could not be more grateful to the team at Clubs NSW Central Coast and the local heroes who have inspired this partnership, and we look forward to hitting the track for a future free from prostate cancer,” she said.
Media release, May 23
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia