15 June 2016

BMW Group Aus Awareness


BMW Group Australia drives awareness for prostate cancer through new partnership with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

As the automotive partner, BMW Group Australia's commitment to PCFA extends the Group's support of prostate cancer, building on MINI's existing relationship with Movember.

Together with PCFA, BMW Group Australia aims to increase awareness and support of prostate cancer and, importantly, raise critical funds for the cause. This will be achieved through national events, digital marketing campaigns and retail activations in all BMW, MINI and Motorrad dealerships.

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in men, affecting one in five men by the age of 85. A little known fact is that more men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer. The aim of the partnership is to build the foundation of a national campaign that aims to propel the understanding and significance of prostate cancer in Australia to the benchmark achieved by breast cancer.

BMW Group Australia Chief Executive Officer, Marc Werner, is pleased to announce this partnership and to work alongside PCFA to promote prostate cancer across the broad BMW Group network in Australia.

"BMW Group Australia is delighted to partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Our Group has a strong retail, digital and customer base in Australia – and a following that directly aligns to PCFA's audience," said Werner.

"This partnership reinforces BMW Group Australia's commitment to the community while providing a genuine vehicle to generate awareness for prostate cancer,' he said.

The peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia, PCFA is dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners, and their families, while recognising and supporting the diversity of the Australian community.

Associate Professor Anthony Lowe, Chief Executive Officer of PCFA, looks forward to a collaborative relationship with BMW Group Australia.

"The BMW Group Australia network will provide an incredible platform to drive community awareness and support of prostate cancer," said Dr Lowe.

"The sad fact is that with 200,000 Australian men currently affected by prostate cancer, this is an issue impacting the entire community - including BMW Group Australia’s people and customers. We commend and thank BMW Group Australia for their important pledge to raise the prominence of this major men’s health issue in partnership with PCFA," he said.

BMW Group Australia's support was initiated earlier this year when the PCFA logo adorned the BMW Team SRM's M6 GT3 competing in the 2016 Australian GT Championship and the ten BMW and MINI vehicles that took part in the world's largest tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania, in April.

BMW Group Australia looks forward to continuing to work with PCFA in 2016 across a range of events and campaigns.

For further press/media information contact:

Lenore Fletcher
General Manager Corporate Communications
BMW Group Australia
Telephone: 03 9264 4238
Mobile: 0408 320 797
E-mail: lenore.fletcher@bmw.com.au

Siobhan Kircher
Lifestyle and Internal Communications Specialist
BMW Group Australia
Telephone: 03 9264 4011
Mobile: 0409 297 393
Email: siobhan.kircher@bmw.com.au