Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Environment -

The Sanlam Can­cer Chal­lenge is one of South African golf’s great suc­cess sto­ries, and this year, the 25th an­niver­sary of the part­ner­ship be­tween the event and the Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of SA, the sup­port of club golfers is be­ing cel­e­brated. Each year since 1993, hun­dreds of Sanlam Can­cer Chal­lenge club com­pe­ti­tions have raised valu­able funds for CANSA. Mem­bers of more than 400 clubs have got be­hind it, and the prize for the best play­ers has been qual­i­fy­ing for the Na­tional Fi­nals, first played at San Lameer and now hosted at Sun City.

“We are proud of the part­ner­ship and the dif­fer­ence this has made in the on­go­ing bat­tle against this dis­ease,” said Sanlam Spon­sor­ship Man­ager Gary van Log­geren­berg. “From the first com­pe­ti­tion 25 years ago to what we have to­day, every golfer who has sup­ported this event can also be proud of the role he or she has played to en­sure its suc­cess.”

The an­nual fundrais­ing ef­fort, which ex­ceeds R3-mil­lion, con­trib­utes more than 10 per­cent of CANSA’s an­nual bud­get. It helps fund 11 CANSA care homes, 5 TLC fa­cil­i­ties and 9 mo­bile clin­ics, every year sup­port­ing 15 000 peo­ple af­fected by can­cer. The Chal­lenge has also alerted more aware­ness of can­cer, help­ing to take the mes­sage of the value of healthy life­styles and pre­ven­ta­tive screen­ings to over 875 000 golfers. Eight per­cent of CANSA’s na­tional can­cer screen­ings come di­rectly at events.

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