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Tee Off for a Cancer-Free Future


Golfers across Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast are encouraged to sign up for the Longest Day this December.

The Longest Day will officially take place on 14 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.

Gemma Pedri, Community Relations Coordinator at Cancer Council Newcastle and Hunter, said while The Longest Day is an endurance challenge that tests skill and stamina, it is 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’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs, and information and support services, such as Transport to Treatment, Financial Assistance and Home Help.”

“In the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter regions alone, it is estimated that approximately 5,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in a single year, with around 1,000 deaths expected, so funding for cancer research, prevention, support and advocacy is vitally important,” Gemma said.

“Playing golf is an excellent 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 at www.longestday.org.au/hunter and tee off to support a cancer-free future.

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