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Bundaberg golf pros swing for longest day

The Longest Day
Bundaberg Golf Club’s Craig Swift and club teaching professional Mick Murnane will be joined by the club champion Ryan Paul and Justin ‘JB’ Bell from Triple M Bundaberg, going head to head in The Longest Day from dawn until dusk.

It's going to be a long day for Bundaberg Golf Pros on Tuesday when they join a 72-hole challenge to support a Cancer Council fundraiser.

The Longest Day raises money for life-saving cancer research, support services and prevention programs.

The campaign is designed to test the skills, strength and stamina of eager golfers, determined to get behind a good cause and take on a new challenge.

Bundaberg Golf Club’s Craig Swift and club teaching professional Mick Murnane will be joined by club champion Ryan Paul and Justin ‘JB’ Bell from Triple M Bundaberg, going head to head on the course from dawn to dusk.

The team of four are expecting to be swinging their clubs for 13 hours straight, and are relying on the generosity of local businesses who will be providing food and drink on the day to keep up their stamina.

Mr Murnane says they’ve raised over $1800 already and have seen a lot of support from Bundaberg Golf Club members and the wider community.

“Our club members are keen to share our posts on social media and help us spread the word to gather donations,” he said.

“We have a cake drive organised for the weekend to help boost our fundraising and are taking donations from local businesses offering support too.

“We’re a community focused Club and it’s great to see locals backing us as we take on the challenge.”

Mr Murnane explains that putting health at the forefront of people’s minds is especially important this year, and it’s one of the reasons they decided to take part.

“This year has been difficult, and we’ve learnt that we can’t put our health to the side. We’re participating in The Longest Day to raise awareness of cancer, especially skin cancer, which can be a big issue for golfers.

“It’s a new challenge for us, and a chance to raise money for a good cause.”

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan thanked Mr Murnane, his fellow golfers and Bundaberg Golf Club for their support in The Longest Day campaign.

“Some 1765 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Wide Bay Burnett region,” she said.

“Of these cancers, prostate and melanoma are two of the most prevalent. Cancer Council Queensland is committed to reducing the amount of new diagnoses annually, and the support of locals is critical to our mission.

“By supporting Bundaberg Golf Club and donating to The Longest Day challenge, you’re helping us get one step closer to our vision of a cancer free future.”

To find out more about The Longest Day click here. To make a donation to the Bundaberg Golf Pros team click here.

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