THE community-run Leyburn Sprints for historic and classic cars on the Darling Downs will add Ovarian Cancer Australia as a worthy new cause to its list of beneficiaries in 2012.
Ovarian Cancer Australia will become the official charity for the event, which throughout its 15-year history has assisted many local community organisations.
The group is the peak organisation for ovarian cancer in Australia and the only national organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the disease and delivering support to women and their families affected by it.
Its presence at the Leyburn Sprints on August 18 and 19 will help raise awareness among women in rural communities about the risks of ovarian cancer.
Paula Benson, ovarian cancer survivor and Ovarian Cancer Australia chair said more than 1200 women would be diagnosed with the cancer in Australia this year and around 800 would lose their battle with the disease.
"New research has revealed only 33% of women can correctly identify the most common risk factors," Ms Benson said.
"Less than 1% of women know they need to look for a family history of ovarian cancer on their father's side.
"Given there is no detection test for ovarian cancer, it's vital that women know the risk factors and the symptoms of ovarian cancer."
"It's concerning how poorly understood the genetic risks of ovarian cancer are amongst Australian women."
Leyburn Sprints organising committee president Ann Collins said the Sprints was one of the most popular community events in the region and would provide an excellent forum to publicise the help available to women through Ovarian Cancer Australia.
"The issue of ovarian cancer is equally important to women in the country as it is to their city counterparts, but it could be said they have less direct access to vital information and advice," she said.
"To have Ovarian Cancer Australia present during the Sprints weekend I'm sure will be a great opportunity for many women among our spectators to find out more about this disease."
The Leyburn Sprints time trials will be run on a one-kilometre course around the closed public streets of the tiny former gold town.
Held August 18-19
Commemorates hosting of Queensland's first Australian Grand Prix in 1949
Proceeds are held in trust and invested back into Leyburn to improve spectator, camping, and safety facilities