Albury Wodonga News

Local Business Community Unites for Cancer Cause

By Brandt Johnson
Archived 12 Feb 2018 - Posted: 12 Dec 2017
A handful of local businesses have banded together to raise money for Cancer Council research by participating in The Longest Day 2017. The event is a 72-hole golf marathon held on December 18 that is designed to test skill, strength and stamina.

While completing four rounds of golf in 24 hours, participants raise funds for skin cancer research. To strengthen the donation-earning power of their efforts, Brandt Johnson and Gavin Vearing have decided to join forces as golf-fanatics and business community members.

Mr Johnson, Director of Marketing & PR at Collective Communications, said, “I love golf, so I’d do this anyway. But this is a chance to raise money for cancer research and build relationships within our business community–the sort of activities that make our border region so progressive.”

Playing 72 holes of golf during an Australian summer day is a gruelling test, so Mr Vearing, Wodonga Golf Club PGA Professional, is making both a financial and operational contribution by donating use of a golf cart to participants on the day.

“The cause is a great one, and I’m excited to play a part in this effort to raise funds. Not everyone can give money, so helping the players with carts, food, sun screen, cold drinks or even just moral support are great ways for others to get involved,” Mr Vearing said.

A few other local organisations have jumped on board as well, donating their products and services to support the golfers. Michelle Wilkinson, Business Owner of Jamu has donated her turmeric and ginger infused drinks to help with its anti-inflammatory and ‘pick-me-up’ properties.

CFA Captain of the District 24 Headquarters Brigade, Mark Slater said, “This is a perfect reason to wheel out our new Health Monitoring and Rehab Unit. We recently had it built to keep firefighters from overheating on the fireground, but these golfers will need to keep their body temp in check too.”

Cancer Council Victoria needs $200,000 to fund vital research at Monash University that is investigating immunotherapy for more effective skin cancer treatment. This project will explore whether a patient’s immune response can be enhanced, and thus help stop malignant tumours growing and spreading throughout the body.

To get involved, email ( or call (02 6059 7621) Mr Johnson to discuss how you can help. To donate, visit the everydayhero website and search for “Border Business Community” and follow the instructions.

This article archived 12 Feb 2018

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