Canberra golfers face longest day for a good cause

Left to Right: Ron Shepherd, Wendy Shepherd and Peter Funnell at The Longest Day Challenge at Murrumbidgee Golf Club on December 20. Photo: Cancer Council ACT.

The Longest Day Golf Challenge is a Cancer Council charity event that has grown in popularity across Australia, including Canberra.

The challenge requires golfers to complete four consecutive rounds, or 72 holes, of golf in one day to raise vital funds to help the Cancer Council conduct research, organize campaigns and support people living with cancer. .

As of December 13, 2021, teams of golfers are participating, and already across Australia, 3,987 golfers have registered for the challenge, totaling 287,064 holes of golf. So far, $ 2,529,121 has been raised.

The Murrumbidgee Country Club hosted the Murrumbidgee Stayers on Monday, December 20, 2021. Team captain Ron Shepherd was led by Tony Johannes, Peter Funnell, Jack Kershaw, Rajendra Pratap, Mike Houston and Wendy Shepherd who all participated in the challenge.

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Ron is filled with pride in the response from his fellow Murrumbidgee Country Club members.

“Many of our golf club members have been touched by cancer over the years, so we have had the support of over 50 members to raise over $ 5,500 so far,” he says.

“Today’s team members are just trying to play as many holes as they can in memory of our friends and colleagues at the club who have been touched by cancer.

“We just wanted to have a little fun in the sun, protect ourselves and fundraise for a really great cause at the same time.”

Peter Funnell playing golf at Murrumbidgee Country Club

Peter Funnell kicking one of 72 putts on the longest day at Murrumbidgee Country Club. Photo: Cancer Council ACT.

The Foot Wedge team was another team to play 72 holes that day. The team included Daniel Wynn, Sam Wynn, Ben Wynn, Jules Mules, Kris Oliver and Dylan Faram, who played at Belconnen Magpies Golf Club.

Murrumbidgee Country Club general manager Ray Duncan said the club has always been a strong supporter of charities and missed many events throughout 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“2021 has been such an ordinary year with COVID-19,” he says. “Charities couldn’t come here so it’s great to see the Cancer Council here with the golfers supporting The Longest Day.

“We have great members here, including Ron Shepherd who organized his group. He also wanted to bring a different cancer group to the Canberra hospital here earlier in the year. It’s members like Ron who are really proactive and we are certainly proud of all their efforts.

Cancer Council ACT Campaign and Events Manager Jodi Hall says the important part of The Longest Day golf challenge is that funds are raised for cancer research and prevention measures in ACT so that every dollar raised stays in Canberra.

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“Last year Canberra golfers raised over $ 94,000,” she says. “This year, so far, we’re at $ 35,000. We’re a little late, but we keep moving forward and we are so grateful because every dollar goes towards research.

Jodi says the theory behind a long day of golf is the relationship to the high rate of melanoma in Australian men, promoting the day to be smart in the sun.

Players are encouraged to register online, form or join a team, choose a 36, ​​54 or 72 round challenge, choose a date and reserve a green with their local club.

All funds raised by the Canberran teams will support the work of Cancer Council ACT in research, prevention and support to the local community.

To learn more, register to play, or donate to a team, visit The Longest Day.

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