On Wednesday 7 October 2020, The Kids’ Cancer Project held its annual Golf Day at St Michael’s Golf Club in Sydney.
While St Michael’s offers spectacular coastal views and a serious test of golfing prowess, it was a day of fun with 24 registered teams playing 18 holes all to raise vital funds for childhood cancer research.
Teams enjoyed on course activities such as longest drive, nearest the pin and putting green challenges, and afterwards a sit-down lunch with speeches from The Kids’ Cancer Project CEO, Owen Finegan and Paediatric Oncologist Dr Geoff McCowage.
Representing the event’s major sponsor Apricity Finance, Head of Sales and & Relationships NSW & Northern Queensland, Tony Harmey surprised guests with a cheque presentation at the event.
“It was a great privilege to represent Apricity Finance at The Kids' Cancer Project annual Golf Day," he said.
"The work done by the team at The Kids' Cancer Project is truly inspiring and is a cause we are proud to support,” Tony said.
Childhood cancer wasn’t the only winner on the day;
1st prize – QBE Foundation Team, led by Jason Clarke, Co-Chair QBE Foundation
2nd prize – Drummond Golf, Stanmore Team, led by Craig Delaney
3rd prize – Phoenix Hotel Group Team, led by Simon Paterson MD/CEO
Jason Clarke, Co-Chair QBE Foundation, shares his enthusiasm for the day and the long-time partnership with the charity.
“It was great to attend The Kids’ Cancer Project annual golf day knowing that the proceeds were heading to important research,” said Jason.
“QBE has been a long-term partner of The Kids’ Cancer Project and throughout this time we have always supported the charity’s commitment to childhood cancer research," he said.
Janelle Dixon, General Manager of Facilities First Australia, donated prizes for the event’s live auction and entered an all-female team into the competition
“It’s great to be able to come together as community of professions and celebrate the advances in science being led by The Kids’ Cancer Project,” she said.
“Being able to assist with promotion and funding such worthy projects is humbling for the team at Facilities First. We were proud not only to be a part of the day, but to be the first all women’s team involved, I challenge more female business leaders to do the same next year," said Janelle.
Owen Finegan called the event a complete success, noting that many players stayed to enjoy the view from the nineteenth hole well into the late afternoon.
“I want to thank our sponsors and everyone who attended for raising $35,000,” he said. “These funds will make a major impact on the lives of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a cancer affecting babies and small children who have less than 50 per cent chance of surviving five years or more after diagnosis.”
Funds raised through The Kids’ Cancer Project Golf Day go directly to the work of Associate Professor Alex Swarbrick who leads the Tumour Progression Laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
The Kids’ Cancer Project thanks Sharpe IT, SWMC, Rondo, Campbell Advisory, Nepean EFI, Core Mortgage Brokers, Facilities First Australia, Wotso, Express Glass, Biosceptre, Phoenix Hotel, St Hilliers, Sharp & Carter, EY, Drummond Golf Stanmore, Network Architectural, HD Logistics and Woollahra Hotel.