15.07.2008 – Graham Croker

A host of Sydney University Football Club players and supporters are tackling the challenging Pennant Hills golf course today to raise the profile of the forgotten cancer.

The Football Club’s annual golf day is being dedicated to raising funds to defeat pancreatic cancer.

“The players and supporters of the Club are very keen to play their part in fighting pancreatic cancer and we hope that this will be the start of an ongoing relationship with the Cancer Council,” says SUFC General Manager, Ray Dearlove.

Andrew Penman, CEO of Cancer Council in NSW, says pancreatic cancer is one of the most devastating types of cancer.

“It takes more than 650 lives in NSW each year and has a survival rate of less then seven per cent,” Mr Penman says.

“Worryingly, it remains almost as lethal today as it was more than a century ago. Funds raised will search for new treatments and ways of improving pancreatic cancer patients’ quality of life.”

Among those swinging clubs today are former Brumbies and Auckland Blues Super 14 coach David Nucifora, Queensland Reds coach Phil Mooney and former Wallabies Ross Reynolds and Al Kanaar.

They will compete against more than 30 teams in the 18-hole battle for the BMW Cup and a swag of top prizes. Competitors will also have the opportunity to bid for a signed Webb Ellis Cup captains’ lithograph and a jumper carrying the signature of world-renowned Brazilian footballer Pele.

To donate to the Cancer Council’s Pancreatic Cancer Fund, call (02) 9334 1982.