Port Macquarie Women’s Golf Club will host a charity golf day with the aim of supporting local women who have breast cancer.
The club’s annual Pink Day traditionally supports women’s organisations and charities, but the 2017 event, which coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will take on a special purpose.
President Wendy Gordon said breast cancer was particularly relevant to the club’s members as the disease remained the most common cancer for women.
“We were determined to show our support for women who have breast cancer, and what better way to do that than with a fundraiser for the local breast cancer service at Port Macquarie’s Mid North Coast Cancer Institute,” she said.
The club’s Pink Day will be held at Port Macquarie Golf Course on October 27, teeing off at 8.30am.
While the lady golfers will be doing their best on the greens to raise funds, the club also hopes the community will throw its support behind the charity day and donate.
“Our Pink Day is all about local women, local breast cancer patients and a local cancer service that provides world-class treatment,” Ms Gordon said.
“We can all make a difference; and thanks to our Pink Day, we will.”
The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute’s breast cancer nurse specialist since 2003, Joanne Woodlands, said the lady golfers’ support would mean the world to her patients.
“One in eight women in our community will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85,” Ms Woodlands said.
“It remains the most common cancer for women, but the outcomes after diagnosis are continually improving thanks to improved early detection, improved treatment options and public support for cancer research and cancer centres.”
Risk facts for breast cancer include ageing, family history, alcohol consumption and being overweight when post-menopausal.
“We’ve come a long way in breast cancer treatment and diagnosis over the past decade,” Ms Woodlands said.
“We now have more treatment options and support for women, which means they are living longer and with a better quality of life.
“It also helps that the broader community wants to play its part, hosting fundraising events such as the Port Macquarie Women’s Golf Club Pink Day.”
Further information about the Pink Day and how to support the fundraiser is available from club secretary Josie Mockford by phoning 0400 449 799.