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Calling all golfers: tee off for a cancer-free future

1st December 2017

Golfers across NSW encouraged to sign up for The Longest Day this December

Golfers are encouraged to sign up for The Longest Day, a 72-hole golf marathon, to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW.

The Longest Day will officially take place on 18 December this year, but participants can hold their event at their local golf club anytime during December. Participants are challenged to play four rounds of golf in one day at their own club with their friends and fellow members.

Cancer Council NSW Acting Director of Fundraising, Adelaide Thompson, said while The Longest Day is an endurance challenge that tests skill and stamina, it’s easy to get involved – and a whole lot of fun.

“The Longest Day challenges participants to successfully complete all four rounds of golf during daylight hours – a challenge that many keen golfers are eager to conquer!

“Participants will be making a difference by raising funds to support Cancer Council NSW’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, support services and advocacy campaigns.

“Across NSW, it is estimated that approximately 46,492 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with around 15,502 deaths expected,[1] so funding for cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy is vitally important,” Ms Thompson said.

“Playing golf is a good way to keep active, but as recreational golfers spend extended periods of time out in the sun, we want to remind all participants to use sun protection to reduce their skin cancer risk.

“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 this Longest Day? What a great reason to get competitive on the green!”

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

-ENDS-

[1] Cancer incidence and mortality: projections 2011 to 2021 Cancer Institute NSW, Sydney: February 2016

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