Tee off and fight back against cancer

Thursday 14 November, 2019

Victorians encouraged to sign up for The Longest Day this December

Golfers are being encouraged to take to the green for a 72-hole endurance golf challenge to raise funds for life-saving cancer research.

Cancer Council Victoria will be holding The Longest Day for its seventh consecutive year on December 16, 2019, but golfers can tee off anytime during December.

Participants will play four rounds of golf in one day, with all proceeds going towards skin cancer research.

Cancer Council Victoria Head of Community Engagement Lyrian Fleming-Parsley said the event is fun and easy to sign up for.

“The Longest Day involves playing four rounds of golf in one day during daylight hours. This is a great challenge and players tell us they enjoy getting competitive on the green,” she said.

“The Longest Day raises funds for skin cancer research which affects too many Australians. Although survival rates continue to improve, melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Victoria with nearly three thousand cases diagnosed each year. So don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide when playing.

“Why not register a team, get others involved and see who takes out the honour this Longest Day?”

Golf Australia State Services Manager David Greenhill encouraged all Victorian golfers to register and get involved.

“Any keen golfer out there will love this challenge. This will be my fourth year participating and it’s getting bigger every year,” he said.

“Aside from the physical challenge, it’s a chance to one-up your mates in the stamina stakes and show off your golfing prowess! 72-holes will test your endurance and we also get to make a tangible difference by raising money for skin cancer research which is pretty special.”

Last year, participants raised nearly $250,000 for Cancer Council Victoria, funding skin cancer research and dermatoscope devices to assist Victorian GP’s with skin cancer detection and training.

Find out more at: www.longestday.org.au