Annual Golfers Against Cancer tournament eyes fundraising milestone

The goal: to raise $55,000 during 30th anniversary tournament

The Parkland Golfers Against Cancer Tournament chairperson Dan Westbrook knows it’s a lofty goal, but he also knows how cool it would be to meet it.

The 30th annual Golfers Against Cancer tournament is back this year, on June 7 and Westbrook and the rest of the volunteer organizers are looking to raise $55,000 to bring their 30-year total to $700,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society and Vancouver Island cancer patients.

“We just put a little target in there to see if we can’t hit $700,000 but typically we are in and around $35,000 to $40,000,” Westbrook said. “It’s just whatever the economic market will bear.”

Hosting again this year are Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Mount Brenton Golf Club, and Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

This fun-filled day on the links is suitable for golfers of all skill levels and will be followed by a fantastic dinner, with live and silent auctions at Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

The entry fee of $130 includes golf at any one of the courses and dinner. Dinner alone is available for $50. Entry forms are available at each of the golf courses and tee times will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis so if you’ve got a preferred course, register early.

“They get a first, second and third choice, and that’s the way we do it,” Westbrook explained.

For the last few years the money raised by the popular Cowichan event has been directed 50/50 to Camp Pringle at Shawnigan Lake, where the Cancer Society hosts Camp Goodtimes, as well as to the Vancouver Island Lodge, in Victoria — a home away from home for cancer patients and their loved ones who travelling south from up-Island for treatment.

“People want to know when they donate, where’s it going?” Westbrook said. “So we said to the Cancer Society, ‘Is there something specific on Vancouver Island we can contribute to?’ and they came back with these two and it makes sense.”

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