Cancer Research UK is the Official Charity to this year’s Tayto Northern Ireland Open, in partnership with Ulster Bank, and when the action gets under way this week, organisers will be hoping to raise much-needed funds for such a worthy cause.
The NI Open has supported local charities every year and Cancer Research UK is vital in the ongoing pursuit of finding a cure and saving lives for a disease that affects so many.
Statistics show that cancer will affect one in two people in our lifetime.
Cancer Research UK is at the forefront of research and pioneering work in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Eileen Moore, Chairperson Cancer Research UK Ballymena Local Committee, said: ‘We would like to express our thanks to the organisers of the NI Open for selecting Cancer Research UK to be their chosen charity partner this year at Galgorm Castle.
“Over the five days of competition we look forward to meeting and engaging with the spectators around the golf course and in the NI Open Village and we are confident that, as ever, they will be generous.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Together we can beat cancer sooner.”
Danielle Sheridan, Cancer Research UK Local Fundraising Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be the chosen charity for the NI Open this year.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be associated with such a large local event and it is a great boost for our Ballymena Local Committee who have been fundraising for almost 60 years now.
“Without events like this and supporters like the Ballymena committee we couldn’t continue to fund our world class research.”
Christopher Brooke from Galgorm Castle is delighted the NI Open can play its part.
“Cancer will affect one in two of us in our lifetime with one person every hour in Northern Ireland being diagnosed with cancer and the NI Open team are all the more determined to help raise funds for research into curing this disease,” said Brooke.
“The NI Open promises to be a wonderful festival of golf for all the family. With over 40,000 spectators expected through the gates during tournament week, we are confident of raising a significant amount for our designated charity.”
The NI Open gets underway at Galgorm Castle from Thursday, July 28-31 and is FREE to enter by simply registering online at niopen.golf.
The week-long festival of golf includes One Direction’s Niall Horan and other stars playing in the Wednesday (27th July) Pro-Am; the dedicated Food Festival, art exhibition from golf portrait specialist Mark Robinson, Fun Golf Area and NI Open Village.
An event donation will also be made to Irish Autism Action.