Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club has "landed" another sizable donation in support of local cancer patients.
The club's president, Shannon Danby, presented the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Port Macquarie with a $2000 donation thanks to the club's highly successful Golden Lure Tournament.
The donation brings the club's support for the cancer unit to more than $13,000 in the past five years alone, and is an enduring memorial to two much-loved club members, the late Tammy and Richard Kirkby.
This year's Golden Lure attracted more than 50 boats and 215 anglers competing for more than $50,000 in prizes.
The week-long competition features the Tammy and Richard Kirkby Memorial Charity Day for ladies and juniors, which, thanks to sponsors and participants, raises funds each year in support of the cancer unit and its patients.
"The Golden Lure is one of the country's oldest and most prestigious deep sea fishing competitions, and while we are delighted it has remained a favourite comp for fishers from throughout NSW and from interstate, we are also grateful for the support the charity day receives," Mr Danby said.
"The charity day started in 2004 and has always focused on local cancer patients, a cause close to our members' hearts. The subsequent donation also is a fitting tribute to Tammy and Richard.
"The club thanks everyone involved in the Golden Lure, including major sponsor Garmin, for supporting this iconic event," Mr Danby said.
Acting District Radiation Therapy Manager Matthew Hoffmann said the fishing club's ongoing support helped fund equipment and patient comfort items that directly benefited local residents receiving care at the Port Macquarie campus.
"We consider our donors very much part of our oncology team," Mr Hoffmann said.
"Our patients not only benefit from the equipment donated, but they know their friends, loved ones and even complete strangers are with them.
"We are fortunate to be part of such a generous community because every dollar donated makes a big difference to our patients during their cancer treatment."
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