Ladies golf day aims to kick cancer
GOLF: If we're lucky, we'll never experience it first-hand, but for a lot of people, breast cancer is an unavoidable evil.
And that's why a day like Proserpine Golf Club's Tee Off for Breast Cancer Research is so important.
A total of 72 ladies lined up last Wednesday to take part in one of the region's biggest golf days of the year and to help raise money for breast cancer research.
In the end, $2537 was raised through players' entry fees and the support of 22 local businesses.
Many who played on the day had been affected by breast cancer in one way or another, whether personally or through sharing the experiences family members or friends.
Organiser Jacqui Wall said she knew three people who had been adversely affected by the disease.
"It's a horrible thing. You need your family and friends," she said.
The ladies' annual golf day is just one of many ways people in the Whitsundays can go about fighting breast cancer.
"You need that hope that there will be a cure someday," Ms Wall said.
Apart from the fundraising efforts, the day is intended to raise awareness in a positive way.
"And it was a very good day," Ms Wall said.
"Everybody had fun, the music was great and everyone got in the spirit of dressing up."
Ms Wall said a big "thank you" to all the golf ladies for turning up and to all those who donated to the event.
The day not only featured golf but also an afternoon of music and prizes, including the hugely popular "Best Dressed in Pink" competition, which all players got involved in.
The Breast Cancer Institute of Australia said the support of the Proserpine Golf Club was greatly appreciated, as always.
It is currently estimated that the risk of someone dying from breast cancer by their 85th birthday is 1 in 76.