Last year’s leading money raiser has once again set the bar when it comes to raising funds for CANSA through the Sanlam Cancer Challenge. Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club, located just outside Kimberley in the Northern Cape, has smashed its own record by bringing in a staggering R515 417.85 for the cancer charity in 2018.
Explained Magersfontein Memorial captain Johan van Niekerk, “Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate is a very small and close-knit community where empathy for one’s fellow man is a hugely valued social attribute.
“It is therefore not surprising that when this outlook on life is combined with a committee that is passionate about the prevention of cancer, it leads to the amazing success that has been achieved by the club in the annual Sanlam Cancer Challenge.”
This is the fourth year in a row that a record amount was raised at this event for CANSA, made possible in large part thanks to head sponsors, Kareekloof, as well as Human Auto, The ATM Group, and hosts Magersfontein Memorial Golf Club. Thankfully, the club is showing no signs of slowing down.
Van Niekerk explained, “Once one has reached the top, like Magersfontein has done on various occasions, it then remains a challenge to stay on top and therefore the Sanlam Cancer Golf Challenge will remain a priority event at Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate.
‘’We would like to thank all members and players who attended the event for their contribution towards the success of this day.’’
Magersfontein’s record in the event has been remarkable, with the Northern Cape club raising over R1.4 million in the last four years alone. Other clubs, even the those with a larger membership base, have not been able to come close. Fancourt came in second in 2017 with an impressive figure of R136 235, yet they were still almost R300 000 behind Magersfontein.
“Magersfontein is a great example of how a small club can make a massive impact in the ongoing fight against cancer,” explained Sanlam’s sponsorship manager Gary van Loggerenberg. “We are very grateful for the efforts of all the members and sponsors at Magersfontein and I’d like to congratulate them for once again setting the standard in the Sanlam Cancer Challenge.
“The key now is for other clubs to join Magersfontein and Sanlam in leading the fight against cancer.”
The club that raises the most money through the Sanlam Cancer Challenge will win a trip to the National Final at Sun City.
In 2017 the Sanlam Cancer Challenge helped raise a total of R4.2 million – the most successful year since the annual tournament began in 1993. This year it aims to reach R5 million, which will be used by CANSA to fund its unique integrated service that involves research, education and support.
For more information on the Sanlam Cancer Challenge, or to donate to this worthy cause, please log onto the Sanlam Cancer Challenge website.