Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon today farewelled Defence motorcyclists who are participating in The Long Ride to Cairns. This event supports prostate cancer awareness and fund raising for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).
120 military and Defence civilian riders from bases across Australia will join more than 250 other Long Ride participants as they head for north Queensland.
The largest Defence contingent - more than 40 riders - will depart Canberra tomorrow morning. The Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, will join riders for several days through New South Wales and southern Queensland.
“This is an important health promotion and community engagement initiative. It is crucial that we continue to spread the word on prostate cancer in regional and rural areas. Men in those locations have a 21 per cent higher prostate cancer mortality rate than men in capital cities,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Before The Long Ride has even started, the Defence contingent raised $70,000 for the PCFA. This is an outstanding effort and they are aiming to build on that as they head north.”
PCFA data indicates one in five men is likely to develop prostate cancer by age 85. On this basis, thousands of the current Defence work force could be affected by prostate cancer during their lives.
Approximately 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. More than 3,000 Australian men die as a direct result of prostate cancer annually.
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999