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R500 000 raised for Cansa

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“The weekend at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club was no exception and they did not disappoint at hosting the biggest club challenge in South Africa

FUNDS: Magersfontein Memorial Golf Challenge for Cancer Committee, are from left to right: Lizanne van Niekerk, Cecile Burger, Schalk Botha and Ester Koning. Picture: Supplied

MORE than R500 000 was raised by the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) during the Sanlam Centre Golf Challenge’s 2018 Club Championships.

Every year thousands of amateur golf enthusiasts participate in the challenge to raise funds for Cansa and last year a total of R3.5 million was raised nationally.

From March to July, golfers compete in their local clubs in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge and the winners qualify for the regional finals, which take place in August. The regional winners then play in the National Final, held in October at the Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City Golf Club in Sun City.

This year, Kareekloof, as the main sponsor, joined hands with the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club to organise the local event.

Michele Grobler from the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club explained that the aim of the day was to make golfers aware of the symptoms and the prevention of cancer. At the same time, funds are raised for Cansa.

“This year a record sum of R515 417.85 was raised. This was the fourth successive year in a row that we were able to raise such an impressive sum. Last year R418 000 was raised and in 2016 the amount raised was R351 000, while in 2015 it was R121 000 and in 2014, R60 000.

“A total of 146 golfers took part and almost all the holes were sponsored.”

The winners were of the day’s event were:

A division – Christo Snyman;

B division – Henk Brand; and

C division – Adam Waugh.

Wiaan van der Linde, from Kareekloof, said that it was an honour for the private game reserve to be the main sponsor of the event at Magersfontein.

“It is an absolute pleasure to work with the Magersfontein Cansa Committee, as well as the Kimberley Cansa arm, and the energy and passion with which they tackle every task is tangible.”

Sanlam representatives, Arnold van Noord, Jaco Schoeman and Christopher Liebenberg, pointed out that since it’s launch in 1993, the Sanlam Cancer Challenge (SCC) had made great strides in creating awareness and raising funds for Cansa to conduct research, educate the public and provide support.

“The weekend at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club was no exception and once again they did not disappoint at hosting the biggest club challenge in South Africa. Sanlam and Sanlam Kimberley are proud to be associated with such wonderful people and would like to say thank you to all the stakeholders that contributed towards this successful day.”