Supercars legend Craig Lowndes has sent a message to Aussie men, urging them not to put their head in the sand about a key health issue.
Supercars legend Craig Lowndes has urged Aussie men not to “put your head in the sand” regarding prostate cancer.
The three-time Supercars champion is returning to the racetrack this weekend for the Bathurst 12 Hour as part of a charity team raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer.
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Lowndes is teaming up with Scott Taylor, Geoff Emery and Alex Davison to drive a Class C Porsche with a distinct black and blue livery for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
“I’m really excited to be part of it to be honest,” Lowndes told news.com.au.
“It’s something that is close to home for me because my family has got history with prostate cancer so that for me was a very easy ‘yes’.
“I believe this is the first time anyone’s run a car not with sponsors but for charity. To have the Prostate Cancer Foundation has also been fantastic. They couldn’t jump at it fast enough either.”
Lowndes’ father and brother have had prostate cancer scares and he is urging Australian men to get tested annually, which can be as simple as a blood test.
“Both my father and my brother have had it and gone through it and survived. So it puts me at a high risk,” he said.
“And I’m lucky also through the racing fraternity in that every year we have to get a medical clearance 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 excited to be back racing at Bathurst’s iconic Mount Panorama circuit but his main goal is to raise as much awareness and money as possible.
“We’re running it is four mates, race drivers getting together, getting the news out there and sharing that it is doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you’re never exempt or too far away from it,” he said.
“We are there to circulate, get the awareness out there, raise as much funds and money as we can.”
Lowndes’ message to Australian men regarding prostate cancer is simple: “Don’t put your head in the sand.
“I think that if you’ve got any history within your family or it doesn’t matter if it’s your immediate family. It’s to be aware of it. It’s as simple as a blood test now and I do that every year.
“I know my wife Lara says if the men don’t want to do it, get the partners and the wives to kick them up the backside to get checked.
“If anyone’s out there willing to donate to this great cause, the link is pcfau.org/car222.
“We’re excited to share some awareness and just sort of break down the barriers of men putting their head in the sand, thinking it’s going to be OK.”
Lowndes’ team has already raised more than half of their $100,000 fundraising target, which you can donate to here.
Watch all the action of the Bathurst 12 Hour on Kayo. Qualifying and the top 10 shootout takes place on Saturday, while coverage of the race itself begins on Sunday at 5am (AEST).