Neepawa Golf and Country Club is one of Manitoba’s premier golf tournament venues. However, on Friday June 22nd, it won’t be the next Junior Champion or Club Professional teeing it up to break a course record, it will be a group of golfers swinging the sticks to raise money for cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society is welcoming golfers of all skill levels to take part in “Chipping Away at Cancer” a 4-man scramble with a portion of the funds going to raise money for cancer research.
While it may be the first trip to the Neepawa Golf and Country Club, it’s not the first time the Cancer Society has headed out for a quick eighteen.
“Boissevain Funds for the Cure will host their fifth year of golf this year and Souris came on board 3 years ago with Tee Off on Cancer,” said Organizer Rod Tutkaluke. “We chose ‘Chipping Away at Cancer’ not only for the golf connection, but also because there is no one solution to dealing with cancer. We just have to keep “chipping away” to make a difference. Minnedosa, Killarney, and Neepawa have come on board this summer, and we have had very preliminary discussions with 2 other courses for next summer.”
The action will kick off at 1:00 and costs $85.00 person person. Each golfer will receive a $35.00 donation receipt from the Cancer Society. Although organizers haven’t set a fundraising goal for the event, their plan is the same for every event.
“We have never really discussed financial goals with this endeavour,” added Tutkaluke. “We believe if we execute the tourneys properly, the financial part will take care of itself. Our goals are to raise awareness of cancer issues and have a presence in various communities. On average in Canada daily, 565 people will receive a cancer diagnosis.”
Golfers are asked to pre-register by June 18th and can do so by calling Leann Bower at 204-571-2802.