Improve Your Long Game - how Canberra golf clubs are committing to improving their sun protection behavior

IYLG Pro Tip HatCancer Council ACT has welcomed two new golf clubs to the Improve Your Long Game Program, the Federal Golf Club and Fairbairn Golf Club.

Cancer Council ACT are hopeful that all remaining ACT golf clubs will get behind skin cancer prevention and awareness in the coming months, with the program.

Improve Your Long Game aims to improve sun protection behaviours among recreational golfers and specifically targets men over the age of 40.

Aussie men love to play golf – which is great but men over 40 years of age are 2.5 times more likely to die from melanoma, compared to women of a similar age. 

UV radiation is responsible for the vast majority (95%) of melanomas in Australia - which means that most melanomas can be prevented by adopting simple but effective sun protection measures.

This is where Improve Your Long Game comes into the equation.

Early last year Cancer Council ACT introduced three golf clubs to the program – which was very timely because golf was one of the few sports that could continue with some form of normality during strict COVID-19 restrictions. According to Inside Golf magazine (July 2020) ‘COVID-19 may have created a mini “boom” across the Australian golf industry, with clubs, manufacturers, retail and service providers all reporting strong sales and demand’. Hence, why this sun protection program is so important.

Cancer Council ACT would like to acknowledge and thank Magpies Belconnen Golf Club, Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club and RMC Golf Club for joining the program.

Canberra golf clubs that support the program receive complimentary resources from Cancer Council ACT which include 2 large sunscreen stands, printed material to create awareness throughout the club and six complimentary one litre pumps of Cancer Council branded SPF 50+ Work Sunscreen. Setting up the sunscreen stands are simple with one stand at the first tee reminding players to apply sunscreen when they tee off and a second sunscreen stand at the 10th tee reminding players to reapply.

For the program to continue and be sustainable, Cancer Council ACT will continue to support the clubs and provide them with sunscreen at a significantly discounted price.

Cancer Council ACT is confident that the sunscreen stands are effective because we know the sunscreen is being used!

Last updated May 2021.

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