Golfers take a swing at breast cancer

One of the Mid North Coast’s biggest charity golf days gets underway later this month with the aim of helping local women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Port Macquarie Women’s Golf Club will host its third annual Breast Cancer Charity Golf Day thanks to an enthusiastic army of lady golfers and event sponsor KFC (Port Macquarie and Port Macquarie Service Centre).

Club president Patsy Choo said interest in the charity day was growing each year because participants knew the proceeds would stay in the local community to help local women with breast cancer.

“Many of us have lost a friend or relative to this disease so the opportunity to support women recovering from it simply resonates with everyone,” Ms Choo said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by KFC franchise owner Fran Scutts.

“My family has been part of the Port Macquarie community for almost 30 years and we have a proud history of supporting worthy community projects,” Ms Scutts said.

“The women’s golf club charity day is an event I really look forward to being involved in, both as a sponsor and as a participant on the day. It’s a fun way of getting behind an important issue and an opportunity to say to women with breast cancer that we’re here for you and your family.”

The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist, Joanne Woodlands, said Port Macquarie Women’s Golf Club was part of the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute’s team.

“Amazing work in cancer care and treatment is carried out at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute by many people, some of whom work hard in their community to ensure our oncology team has what it needs to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients,” Ms Woodlands said.

“This year’s charity golf day will not only help fund that important support work with patients, but it is also an opportunity to remind everyone that breast cancer affects one in eight women and that 90 per cent of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

“It’s an opportunity to talk about breast cancer and to talk about the best way to beat it – early detection through screening.

“I’m very grateful to the women’s golf club for hosting this important charity day and for the opportunities that come with it – to do some really positive things in our community for women with breast cancer.”

Port Macquarie Women’s Golf Club will host its Breast Cancer Charity Golf Day on Wednesday 30 October at Port Macquarie Golf Club. Book entries and carts through the Pro Shop on 6582 0784, and for further information about the charity day, email Captain Jackie Rider at pmwg.captain@gmail.com.