Qantas supports Movember

Sydney, 08 November 2011

Qantas today announced its support for Movember as an extension of its partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The Qantas Boeing 737-800 Prostate Cancer Foundation aircraft has been painted with its very own moustache. A giant moustache has also been installed on the exterior of Sydney Qantas Domestic Airport, Terminal 3.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said he was extremely proud to be supporting the Movember campaign.

“Qantas is honoured to be showing its support for Movember and helping to get vital health and awareness messages out far and wide,” Mr Joyce said.

“The Movember painted aircraft and moustache on Qantas Terminal 3 shows our support in building awareness of prostate cancer among passengers.”

Earlier this year Mr Joyce was tested and discovered that he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer – however, he was able to have an operation quickly and was back at work within a few weeks.

“If it weren’t for early detection, there is every chance I would have been dead within 10 years.”

“As a survivor of prostate cancer, I am passionate about bringing greater awareness to men who are most at risk.

Jason Hincks, Chief Operating Officer, Movember said “Seeing a moustache sprout on the nose of a plane has long been an ambition of the team at Mo HQ and we’re all very excited to see this finally happening, thanks to Qantas. Movember was born in Australia back in 2003 and so we see the partnership with this iconic Australian brand as a very natural one. We’re hugely grateful for the support Qantas is providing Movember this year and on behalf of our Mo Bros, Mo Sistas and donors, we’d like to thank them for donating the face of a place for the month of Movember; it’s a fantastic boost to our awareness campaign and will go a long way towards helping us achieve our vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.”

The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and build awareness about men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

Earlier this year Qantas announced a three-year partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to help raise awareness about the disease among its customers and employees.

Dr Anthony Lowe, Chief Executive Officer, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia said “In 2011 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 3,300 will die of the disease. Earlier this year we entered into a partnership with Qantas which included emblazoning the PCFA logo on a brand new Boeing 737-800 to raise awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. We are grateful to Qantas and CEO Alan Joyce for taking such a strong lead in this area. Movember is a major benefactor of PCFA and it’s great to see a moustache on the PCFA branded plane.”

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5217)