Major Commonwealth Bank building turns blue in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Sydney, 1 September 2009: The Commonwealth Bank will light up its head office in Martin Place in blue tonight in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and to mark the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

This September, PCFA is encouraging Australians to host a barbeque to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. As a long term partner of PCFA and in support of this campaign, the Commonwealth Bank head office at 48 Martin Place will be lit up in blue every night for the month of September.

Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ralph Norris, said he was proud to support PCFA during this important campaign.

“In an organisation as large and diverse as ours, the prevalence of prostate cancer means that it is something that sadly and inevitably affects the lives of many of our customers, staff, friends and family,” Mr Norris said.

“We hope that turning our building blue in Martin Place will help to raise awareness of prostate cancer and of the PCFA’s work in this area and will encourage even more Australians to support this important cause.

“This year, we will also be hosting a range of fundraising initiatives, including barbeques, across the organisation and in a number of our branches throughout Australia and we encourage our staff and the Australian community to join us in helping raise money and awareness of prostate cancer.”

Mr Andrew Giles, Chief Executive of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, said prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. In 2010 alone, it is estimated that almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed, and more than 3,300 will lose their life to this disease.

“By hosting a barbeque and asking guests to make a donation, all Australians can make a significant impact in the fight against this insidious disease,” he said.

“We are thrilled the Commonwealth Bank will be encouraging its staff and a number of branches to host barbeques for prostate cancer.

“It is recommended that men who are 50 years and over should speak with their doctor annually about prostate cancer. However, if there is a family history of prostate cancer, men should speak with their doctor annually from the age of 40.” For more information about how to host a barbecue for prostate cancer, or how to make a donation, visit


For further information on the Commonwealth Bank’s partnership with PCFA, go to

For more information and images of the blue building contact:

Holly Williams

Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9378 7130