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Golfers come out swinging to support local families


Golfers of all abilities are expected to come out swinging in Newcastle this week… all for a good cause.

The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF) is staging its second annual Pink Charity Golf Day at the Belmont Golf Club on Friday 10 March.

The event will raise much-needed funds to support Hunter residents, and their families, undergoing treatment for the insidious disease.

For the past 23 years, the not-for-profit has relied on the generosity of the community to subsidise its care services – and HBCF general manager Abbey McDonnell hopes that assistance continues.

“We are completely independent,” she said.

“So, the support from locals is integral to our survival, with services – including everything from a wig library, private transport, cleaning and lawn maintenance, exercise programs, comfort cushions for post-surgery and much more – in the area tripling since 2019.

“HBCF’s clients are Hunter people who are dealing with the toughest times of their lives.”

Ms McDonnell said the organisation was thrilled to welcome major sponsors Mudbath Digital and NCR Blinds on board in 2023.

“We’re excited by the prospect of this collaboration,” she added.

It’s a sentiment shared by Mudbath Digital CCO Claire Dawson.

“We are filled with immense pride to support the HBCF,” she said.

“As a national business born out of Newcastle, coupled with the fact we provide digital software solutions to the healthcare industry, we know the impacts cancer has on the lives of any community.

“It’s a privilege to contribute to such a meaningful cause.

“We can’t wait to see the positive impact this event will have in the Hunter region for breast cancer patients and their families.”

NCR Blinds owner Michelle Gray stated breast cancer didn’t discriminate.

“That’s why we want to support HBCF,” she said.

“How can we not back such a wonderful foundation that assists the women of the Hunter?

“I’ve experienced this support first-hand after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.”

Kicking off at noon, the golf afternoon will boast fun hole activities and challenges to enjoy, with prizes to be won along the way.

It’ll all wrap up with a Gala Dinner afterwards.

“That’s an opportunity for participants to network, too, with up to 32 local businesses from the Hunter community involved,” Ms McDonnell said.

“The evening’s Gala Dinner will include exciting guest speakers, a delicious three-course meal, entertainment, a silent auction, raffle prizes and much more.”

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