For some, the thought of playing 72 holes of golf in a single day is a dream and for others a test of endurance, but on 11 December Cancer Council is inviting golfers to do just that to raise money for cancer research as part of ‘The Longest Day’ charity challenge.
Participants will take to their local course and complete four rounds of golf to raise funds.
While the official day takes place on 11 December, participants will have until the end of January to complete the challenge and donate.
Cancer Council spokesperson Kate Kiernan said The Longest Day challenge would test golfers’ skill, stamina and endurance and be an enjoyable day for all.
“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,” she said.
“Participants will 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 our transport to treatment service and our accommodation service.”
Ms Kiernan said that across NSW it was estimated that more than 53,000 people were diagnosed with cancer every year.
“Over 146 people hear the words, ‘You have cancer’ every day,” she said.
“So, funding for cancer research, prevention, and support is so important.
“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, especially when golfers are almost two and a half times more likely to develop skin cancer in their lifetime than the general population.
“Across Australia, 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 raise funds for people impacted by cancer this Longest Day? What a great reason to get competitive on the green!”
To register or donate to the The Longest Day challenge, click here.