GOLFERS from the Keperra Country Golf Club in Brisbane’s northwest teed off at dawn on Monday 13 December to drive, chip and putt their way around the course until dusk for the Cancer Council’s marathon annual fundraiser, The Longest Day.
After four rounds, 72 holes, and lots of laughs, Keperra Country Golf Club raised over $91,000 on the day for Cancer Council, with donations still flowing. Club President Rod Rhodes even pledged to top up the donations to reach $100,000 once they hit the $95,000 mark, sky-rocketing Team Keperra to the top of the national leader-boards.
As the team described, “It was a brilliant day out at Keperra and an incredible effort with all 24 players completing the 72 holes of golf, some of us walking all the way. Alana Griffiths was lucky enough to shoot a hole in one! We all had a great time and were super excited to be supporting such a worthy cause.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan congratulated the team “We are so proud of the team at Keperra for their amazing efforts in raising $100,000. Your unwavering support of campaigns like The Longest Day brings us closer to a future free from the burden of cancer.”
The event tested the golfers’ stamina as much as their skill, with the challenge of 72 holes meaning the golfers covered more than 22 kilometres of the Keperra course throughout the day.
“This is the first The Longest Day event for our club and it’s a great event to be involved in a great cause to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, prevention and support services,” said the club’s marketing, partnership and hospitality manager Michael Dash, who headed Team Keperra.
“Skin cancer is one focus, and we’re very aware that here in Queensland we have the highest rates in Australia.
“Golf has enjoyed such a surge in popularity during the pandemic, which has helped many clubs around Australia. It is great for the golfing community to be able to give back.”
Last year’s The Longest Day saw more than 4,700 golfers, with nearly 900 of those from more than 30 golf clubs in Queensland, raise $3.1 million for Cancer Council research, prevention and support services.
Team Keperra and club member Nick Mair tackled The Longest Day in honour of his uncle Tony Miller. Tony, a Sydney baseballer in the late 1970s and into the ’80s who played for New South Wales and Australia, died from brain cancer just recently, aged only 65.
“I’m really grateful to the Keperra Golf Club and members for taking this challenge on,” Mr Mair said.
You can register your own The Longest Day event here.