In a bid to carry out advocacies and enlighten people against the
deadly disease called cancer, the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) would host
the second edition of a golf kitty tagged: Cancer Awareness Golf
Tournament between 12th to 13th July.
The golf tourney was conceptualized by a concerned golfer, Lizzy
Afonja who claimed to have lost scores of loved ones to cancer, but
believed enough awareness about the cancer could reduce the scourge.
About 200 golfers from all over the country are expected in the
two-day golf tourney where two cancer survivals will win all expense
paid trip to United Arad Emirate (UAE) courtesy of one of the sponsor,
Ufit Fly during the tournament.
While briefing newsmen in Ibadan ahead of the event, Afonja, the
initiator of the tourney expressed her grieve over the loss of over 20
people to the deadly decease which made her to champion an advocacy on
the awareness against cancer.
“The golf tournament is to carry out advocacies against the deadly
disease called cancer; it is killing people around us irrespective of
the ages or background. The campaign is to enlighten people how to go
about it if its symptoms are noticed in their body.
“Consulting for advice from medical practitioners should be the first
thing to do and not going to spiritualists for prayers, I’m not saying
people should not pray about cancer cases but seeking immediate
medical solution should be the first step, lots have lost their lives
from ill-advices from pastors who told them not to go for surgery.
“Cancer can happen in any part of your body, it’s very painful to me
because I have lost many loved ones to cancer, for the past 20 years I
have lost over 20 friends, this year alone I have lost two friends,
and last year I lost three friends and that was why I came up with
this idea to use golf to advocate for cancer awareness whereby doctors
will come around and enlighten us about scourge”, Lizzy Afonja noted.
She however expressed happiness over the success recorded during the
first edition held last year where the former first lady of Oyo State,
Chief Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and first lady of Ondo State, Mrs.
Akeredolu came to counsel the participants.
“Friday is cocktail party and two hours session with doctors that will
talk to us on cancer awareness and alternative therapy person will
also teach us what to eat and avoid in order to live a cancer free
life, while the tournament and prize presentation would be held on
Saturday”, said the veteran lady golfer.