Supercar legend Craig Lowndes has sent a message to Australian men, urging them not to put their heads in the sand on a key health issue.
Supercar legend Craig Lowndes has urged Australian men not to “put their heads in the sand” about prostate cancer.
The three-time Supercars champion will be back on track this weekend for the Bathurst 12 Hours as part of a charity team that raises money and awareness for prostate cancer.
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Lowndes is teaming up with Scott Taylor, Geoff Emery and Alex Davison to drive a C-Class Porsche in a distinct black and blue livery for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
“I’m really excited to be a part of it, to be honest,” Lowndes told news.com.au.
“It’s something that’s close to home for me because my family has a history of prostate cancer, so it was a very easy ‘yes’ for me.
“I think this is the first time anyone has driven a car not with sponsors but for charity. Having the Prostate Cancer Foundation was also great. They couldn’t even jump on us fast enough. “
Lowndes’ father and brother have been afraid of prostate cancer and he is urging Australian men to get annual tests, which can be as simple as a blood test.
“Both my father and my brother had it, lived it and survived. She then she puts me at high risk, “she said.
“And I’m also lucky through the racing fraternity as we have to get medical clearance every year and part of that is a blood test.
“Part of a blood test is obviously the prostate PSA (prostate specific antigen test).”
The 47-year-old is thrilled to be racing Bathurst’s iconic Mount Panorama circuit again, but his main focus is on raising awareness and making money.
“We are making four mates, pilots who come together, bring the news out there and share that no matter who you are or what you do, you are never exempt or too far from it,” he said.
“We are there to move, get awareness out there, raise as much money and money as possible.”
Lowndes’ message to Australian men about the cancer status is simple: “Don’t put your head in the sand.
“I think if you have any history within your family or it doesn’t matter if it’s your family. It is being aware of it. It’s as simple as a blood test now and I do it every year.
“I know my wife Lara says that if men don’t want to do it, ask partners and wives to kick their asses to get checked.
“If there’s anyone out there willing to donate to this great cause, the link is pcfau.org/car222.
“We are thrilled to share some awareness and break down the barriers of men who put their heads in the sand, thinking it will be okay.”
The Lowndes team has already raised more than half of the $ 100,000 fundraising goal, which you can donate to here.
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Originally published as ‘Don’t put your head in the sand’: the message of the Supercar legend to Australian men