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Blanchy’s teeing off for a cancer-free future

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Newcastle-Port Stephens “local legend” Nick “Blanchy” Blanch is encouraging golfers across the region to sign up for The Longest Day next week.

The ultimate sporting challenge, to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW, will officially take place on Monday 13 December.

But, participants can stage their own event – to play four rounds in one day – at their own golf club anytime during the month with their friends and fellow members.

Blanchy said it was a cause close to his heart.

“Like most, cancer has affected my family,” the Triple M Newcastle radio presenter said.

“I lost my dad to a rare form of skin cancer in 2020.

“That occurred only a couple of years after my closest mate lost his father to an aggressive brain tumour.

“So, it’s time to find a cure and I can’t wait to raise some much-needed money for the Cancer Council who support so many Australians suffering with this hideous disease.”

Blanchy and his team will tackle the Shortland Waters Golf Club next Monday.

“Newcastle is well-known for its outdoor sporting activities, which naturally makes us a high-risk area for skin cancer patients,” the organisation’s professional Mitch Pryor said.

“Shortland Waters Golf Club is more than happy to work alongside Cancer Council NSW and the National Skin Cancer Action Week’s promotional campaign to help assist them with awareness, prevention and funding.”

Cancer Council NSW’s community relations coordinator for Newcastle and Port Stephens Danielle Foster admitted she was looking forward to the annual event.

“The Longest Day tests participants to successfully complete all four rounds of golf during daylight hours – a challenge that many keen golfers are eager to conquer,” she said.

“They’ll also be making a difference by raising funds to support Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and information and support services, such as transport to treatment, home help, plus information services.

“Across NSW, UV levels are high enough to require sun protection for most of the year.

“So, we encourage golfers to keep sun-safe and slip, slop, slap, seek and slide, not only on The Longest Day, but each and every day.”

Why not register to play at your club, get others involved and see who takes out the honour next Monday?

“It’s a great reason to get competitive on the green,” Blanchy added.

Register for The Longest Day at www.longestday.org.au and tee off to support a cancer-free future.

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