Ben Cunnington to tee off for a cancer-free future

Wednesday 30 November, 2022

Victorians encouraged to sign-up for The Longest Day

Ben Cunnington, twice diagnosed with testicular cancer, will next month take on the ultimate golf challenge – The Longest Day – to raise much-needed funds for a cancer-free future.

The North Melbourne star, who loves to play golf with his nanna during the AFL off-season, wants everyone to “listen” to their body if something doesn’t feel right.

“I want to encourage anyone that suspects something is not quite right with their body or health, to be brave and speak to a health professional,” Ben said.

In November 2021, the father of two was again diagnosed with testicular cancer after a routine check-up. He was first diagnosed with the disease in July 2021.

“Even if you think everything is fine, get a regular check up and make sure,” he added.

Participants of the golfing challenge can test themselves to The Long Day – 36 holes (two rounds); The Longer Day – 54 holes (three rounds), or the ultimate challenge The Longest Day – 72 holes (four rounds) from dawn to dusk.

The Longest Day will officially take place on Monday 12 December 2022, but participants can take part at any time during December or January.

With many clubs welcoming non-members, and some even waiving green fees for those taking on the challenge, it’s a great opportunity for Victorian golfers to get out and explore a new course and have a great time for a rewarding cause.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Todd Harper AM, said Ben’s two cancer diagnoses highlighted just how important it is to get checked no matter how healthy you are.

“Every year, over 35,000 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer.

“No matter how healthy you think you are, it is extremely important to check your health,” Todd added.  

The Longest Day also aims to raise awareness of melanoma, a cancer which affects 3,500 Victorians each year.

“By participating in The Longest Day, the ultimate golf endurance challenge – and by being SunSmart – you’re scoring a hole-in-one for life-saving research, prevention and support services for Victorians affected by cancer,” Todd added.

Ben is encouraging everyone – including his fellow AFL players – to step up to the tee and swing away for a worthwhile cause.

“It’s exciting to know that every ball I hit and putt I sink will go towards a cancer-free future,” Ben added.

You can sign-up as an individual, team or golf club at www.longestday.org.au and search Team BC if you want to sign up to Ben’s team or donate to Ben’s fundraising page here.