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Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Longest Day tees off to raise funds for cancer research

It’s a challenge that will test the skill, strength and stamina of even the most hardened golfer from dawn to dusk.

Cancer Council NSW has teed up The Longest Day fundraiser in a bid to reduce the impact of cancer in Australia.

Golfers are being driven to complete the par-fect challenge – four consecutive rounds, or 72 holes, in one day.

Funds raised will enable Cancer Council NSW to conduct life-saving research, deliver prevention campaigns, and support people as they navigate through their cancer journey.

Cancer Council NSW’s Hunter Central Coast Community Relations Coordinator, Gemma Pedri, says The Longest Day has gone from strength-to-strength since its inaugural event in 2017.

“This year, there are nearly 2,000 golfers from across NSW taking on the challenge and raising funds to help people impacted by cancer,” she says.

“With their support, we hope to raise $700,000.

“COVID-19 has impacted many things but, fortunately, golf clubs have remained open here in NSW, and the sport continues to grow in popularity.

“[So], we look forward to more and more people taking on the ultimate golf challenge in the years to come.”

Australia has the highest rates of melanoma in the world, with more than 15,000 people expected to be diagnosed this year.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed by the age of 70 and men over 40 are twice as likely to die from melanoma than women.

The Longest Day challenge will officially take place on Monday 14 December, but clubs across the state are hosting golfers on any other day throughout the month.

Waratah Golf Club in Argenton has, like many others, encouraged participation by waiving fees for the challenge.

General manager Jono Towns says the event aligns closely with its community values.

“We couldn’t do it on the 14th [of December], which is the actual longest day of the year, but we shuffled things around to make it work the week before – on the 7th,” he says.

“We’re a semi-private, semi-public club, so we’re here for the community and we jump on the back of these types of causes.”

Apart from the ultimate test of 72 holes, golfers can also take on The Long Day (36 holes) or The Longer Day (54 holes).

Visit The Longest Day website for more information or to register.