The winning team pictured with the Captain & Lady Captain, Tom & Jacqui Barry

Quinta do Lago Golf Club raises over €18,000 for Algarve Oncology Association

Quinta do Lago Golf Club hosted their eighth annual Pink Charity Day last Sunday, raising just over €18,000 in the process for the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA).

In a statement, the club attributed the feat to “so many people,” from local restaurants and companies to shops as well as to “the generosity of its members and guests.”

The entry fees for the competition were all put into the charity fund; an online auction was set up with some “excellent, valuable prizes which, in itself, raised over €8,000.” Members donated items to a tombola which also generated money for the charity through the sale of tickets.

The Pink Charity Day is driven by CGQL member and Past Lady Captain, Tracey Williams, who is always so committed to making it an enjoyable day for golfers and, at the same time, managing to raise funds for the charity. She was assisted by the committee for the event, Liz Prust, Val Harrison, Jane Beale, Lesley Henderson, Brenda Brown and Jacqui Barry.

“It is very important for the club to raise these funds because historically, oncological medical assistance and treatments were not easily accessible in this region. So the charity plays a vital part in so many people’s lives and presently, around 16,000 women are tested every year thanks to the mobile unit owned by the association,” the club said.

“They were also a key contributor to the opening of the region’s first radiotherapy unit at Faro Hospital in 2006, which helped tackle the inequality in the treatment of cancer patients in the south” compared to the rest of Portugal. Patients used to have to travel to Lisbon to receive radiotherapy treatment. Some had no other form of transportation and would have to return home on a bus after undergoing treatment,” it explained.

The club adds that AOA also helps cancer patients on a much more personal level, from providing psychological support to people who are learning to face their illness, to helping women obtain breast prostheses. The association also works tirelessly through awareness campaigns.

“It was an excellent day and so far we have raised just over €18,000 with still some donations expected to come in. We thank everyone for making it such a successful day and for managing to raise so much money for the Oncology Association of the Algarve.

“In particular, we would like to thank Tribulum Restaurant, SGQL Professionals, Callum Burgess, Brittany Burton and Brian Evans, Casa do Lago, Dano’s, Magnólia Hotel, Laranjal Golf Club, Quinta Style, Restaurant Henrique Leis, Jim Hair Artists, Dolsa Alves @ Jim Hair Artist, Bli, Estética Salon, Mind, Body & Soul Salon, The Cheeky Pup, Monte Rei Golf Resort, The Wisely Golf Club UK, Philippe Stabile, Dundonald Links, Conrad Hotel, Dubai Duty Free, Wines & Co, Tucanos restaurant, Izzys restaurant. In addition, we would like to thank all members who provided substantial prizes for the auction and everyone who, collectively, made this day possible,” it added.

Results of the competition:
Winners: Diana Mucklow, Jane Beale, Brian Parker, Bernard Dempsey – 92 points
Runners-up: Vaughan Thomas, Odilia Parry, Roland Sand, Deborah Rowney (Vale do Lobo) – 91 points
Third: Billy Morgan, Patrik and Carina Wentjarvi, Karon Morgan (Vale do Lobo) – 88 points
Fourth: Athil and Trisha Raihani, Roger and Tess Brownhhill (Vale do Lobo) – 86 points
Fifth: Warren and Jane Hilton, Oisin O’Buchalla, Sarah Hackett – 86 points

Nearest the Pins
Men: Terry Williams Jnr, Jim McCormack, Jeff Bacon and Robin Voet
Ladies: Jane Beale, Roseanne Smith, Jane Reason, Diana Mucklow

For more information about AOA, visit http://aoa.pt