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Golfers to Take On 100-Hole Marrowthon for Blood Cancer

6 August 2013

Golfers to Take On 100-Hole Marrowthon for Blood Cancer

Golfers will soon get the ultimate opportunity to perfect their swing in a challenging 100-hole Golf Marrowthon to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).

On Friday 18th October at Taupo’s exclusive Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, players of all handicaps will aim to each raise $2,500 - that’s $250 per hole - to help fund LBC’s Patient Support Services programme.

LBC has a team of five-full time dedicated support services staff that provide support and information to patients and their families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood conditions across New Zealand.

Golfers are encouraged to take part in this year’s Golf Marrowthon as individuals or teams of four. Last year’s event saw 42 participants raise over $150,000 for LBC.

Pru Etcheverry, Chief Executive Officer of LBC, says the event, now in its ninth year, has wide appeal.

“We love the fact that so many people from all over the country come to test their endurance. In the past, professional and golf enthusiasts, as well as celebrities, corporate teams and family and friends of patients have all taken part.”

The Golf Marrowthon has attracted many celebrities keen to see if they can ‘make the cut’. Black Caps former captain Stephen Fleming, former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick as well as television presenters Hilary Barry and Peter Williams have all participated.

“The day is a lot of fun with many competitors coming in fancy-dress and golf carts getting entertaining makeovers,” says Etcheverry.

“Our golfers put incredible effort into fundraising before the event, and on top of that, the day can be a big physical challenge. LBC does not receive any government funding so this event ensures we can continue to be there for patients and their families living with blood cancers and related conditions in New Zealand.”

If people wish to register they can go to: www.marrowthon.org.nz

About leukaemia & blood cancer:

The facts:
• Six New Zealanders every day are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition
• There are an estimated 10,000 people living with blood cancer or a related condition in New Zealand
• The cause of blood cancers is unknown
• These diseases can strike anyone, at any age, at any time, without warning
• Immediate treatment may be necessary and that treatment can go on for months or even years

About Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand:

Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with blood cancers and conditions.

LBC does not receive government funding and is supported entirely by voluntary donations from supporters, sponsors and fundraising.

LBC is committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families living with these blood cancers and conditions by providing patient support services, research, information, awareness and advocacy.

ENDS

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