Golfers to make a day of it for charity

SBS Mad Men golf team members take part in last year's Longest Day Golf Challenge at the Invercargill Golf Club at Otatara. Photo: Supplied

THE cancellation of many Cancer Society fundraising events has caused a significant loss of income to help support people living with cancer.

To combat this, the society is holding the Longest Day Golf Challenge as a way to support the organisation.

The challenge is a golfing endurance event to test players’ skill and stamina where participants completed four rounds of golf, 72 holes, in one day to raise funds.

Players tee off at sunrise and play until sunset, making the most of the daylight on the longest days of the year.

Participants could choose the day, the course, and the team, or play solo if they preferred.

The longest day of the year is December 21, but participants could play any day in December or January.

Cancer Society marketing and fundraising manager Jonet Warhurst said $50,000 was raised from the last Longest Day Golf Challenge.

“It’s a great way to support people with cancer and, whatever your level of skill, it’s a brilliant day out with your mates.”

SBS Bank Mad Men team member Craig Escott said his team raised $6397.85 to support people with cancer at the event last year.

“As an ex-serious golfer, doing 72 holes in one day had always been on my radar as something to achieve.

“I always viewed it as a physical challenge and put if off year after year. With the link to the Cancer Society, motivation increased and, with a few workmates, got on board. We will be back again this year but bigger.”

To avoid competition days, players should liaise closely with the selected golf club’s manager or team captain to plan the day.

It was also recommended to play in teams of 2-4 to hasten play.

Every dollar raised through The Longest Day would go towards cancer care in the community, education and awareness programmes, and life-saving cancer research.

Whether it be driving someone to treatment, free specialist advice and support for cancer patients, sitting with someone during their treatment, or accommodation when undergoing treatment far from home – the Cancer Society is there to help.

To register and find out more about the Longest Day golf challenge, visit