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PCFA

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
Written by Christian Smith   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:39

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Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow to help raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer, Australia’s most commonly diagnosed cancer¹

On September 3-4 this year, the Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow will aim to raise several thousand dollars for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, by staging a successful two-day event and donating a percentage of nett profit to the charity. 

 

This exciting new addition to the NQ events calendar will showcase a wide range of aviation and motoring displays, with particular emphasis on the historical links between the two.

 

Aerobatic displays will be a highlight, with Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall and Australian Unlimited Aerobatic Champion Paul Bennet both booked to appear.

 

Several historic Warbirds will also be in attendance, with patrons able to take an Adventure Flight in a number of these.

 

Attendances of 10,000-plus are expected, with visitors coming from all over North Queensland.

 

 

Event Coordinator Christian Smith says that the funds raised during this event will help the vital work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), and hopefully also raise awareness about this all-too-common disease. As a prostate cancer survivor himself, he has a very personal experience of the disease and its effects.

 

“While men are getting better about looking after their health, there is still a long way to go.  When you consider that prostate cancer will affect 1 in 5 Australian men by the age of 85-years¹, it’s obvious that we need to continue encouraging men to take responsibility for their own health.” 

 

“We hope that Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow will assist PCFA to continue its important work in the areas of support, research and awareness, as well as helping to get the word out to Australian men,” said Mr. Smith. With the airshow being held over the Father’s Day weekend in Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, this provides an ideal opportunity to promote the awareness message whilst offering a great family day out for Dad.

 

 

Australians generally know very little about prostate cancer, if there are symptoms, or even if they or their loved ones are at risk.  The disturbing facts are that in 2010 alone, almost 20,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia. Tragically more than 3,300 men will die as a direct cause of prostate cancer¹. 

 

Mr Andrew Giles, Chief Executive of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia says, if detected in the early stages, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable.  However, because there are very few symptoms in these important early stages, diagnosis is often delayed.

 

“This is why we encourage men, particularly those aged 50-years and over (or 40-years and over if there is a family history of the disease), not to wait until they think they are experiencing prostate cancer symptoms. Take responsibility for your health and make talking to your doctor about prostate cancer a priority on your check-up checklist.  It’s a simple step, and it can save lives,” said Mr Giles.

 

For further information about Ingham Wings and Wheels Airshow, phone Christian Smith on 0418 636727 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .

 

For further information about prostate cancer, talk to your GP or contact the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia by calling the toll free number, 1800 22 00 99, or visit www.prostate.org.au

 

¹ AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008.  AIHW Cat. No. CAN 42.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2011 09:03