Deeside golfers urged to sign up for event

05/07/12 To promote the UCAN Golf day Fiona Pearson- (UCAN fund raising manager) and Ronnie MacAskill Director of Golf at Aberdeen Royal Golf Club and Chairman of UCAN Sam McClinton(red&blue tie)
05/07/12 To promote the UCAN Golf day Fiona Pearson- (UCAN fund raising manager) and Ronnie MacAskill Director of Golf at Aberdeen Royal Golf Club and Chairman of UCAN Sam McClinton(red&blue tie)

Deeside golfers are being given a rare chance to tee off at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, which is hosting North-east urological cancer charity, UCAN’s inaugural Golf Challenge this September.

Open champion Paul Lawrie has added his support to the event, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for UCAN’s latest campaign to raise £2.5million to buy Scotland’s first Robotically-Assisted Surgical System (RASS) for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The UCAN Golf Challenge 2012 will take place at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, the world’s sixth oldest golf course, on Thursday, September 27.

The day will be followed by a champagne reception and dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, which is being generously sponsored by the proprietor.

UCAN is urging businesses to sign up for the fundraising Golf Challenge, which will be run using the Stableford format of scoring, with medals for the winners and runners up, as well as prizes for the on-course competitions - longest drive and nearest the pin.

The prize-giving dinner at the Marcliffe will be compered by local comedian and radio DJ, John McRuvie, with entertainment from the hilarious stars of TV, radio and stage ‘The Flying Pigs’.

Paul Lawrie said the event offered golfers a rare chance to play on the prestigious Royal Aberdeen course, which is supporting a charity golf day for the very first time.

“I wish UCAN every success for their first UCAN Golf Challenge fundraiser to be held at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. The money raised will go towards UCAN’s latest fundraising campaign for advanced technological equipment, which will benefit so many patients in the future,” he said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage people to participate and show their support for this special event. You have the chance to enjoy the great links of Royal Aberdeen while raising money for a fantastic cause. Good luck to everyone involved!”

UCAN’s Fundraising Manager, Fiona J D Pearson, is hoping for a great turn out for the first UCAN Golf Challenge and that it will become a permanent fixture on the social golfing calendar.

“This is going to be a great event where the business community can show their support for UCAN and enjoy a great day out at the same time. We are extremely grateful and feel very honoured that the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is kindly hosting our event as the Club has such a long and proud history and enjoys exclusivity.

“We are also very grateful to our many sponsors of our event, including Stewart Spence and his fantastic team at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Elaine Cameron Catering, who is providing all the refreshments during the day, Cameron Presentation for providing AV, sound and lighting for the dinner and Deeside Mineral Water, for providing water for all the golfers.

“We need to raise £2.5million by the end of 2013 to bring to Scotland the first Robotically-Assisted Surgical System (RASS) for the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

“This equipment will directly – and indirectly – benefit thousands of people in the North of Scotland who require a specialised operation, so the support of participants will be hugely appreciated.

“This is sure to be an enjoyable day and a great way to entertain clients or reward staff, with all the proceeds going to such a worthwhile cause.”

Ronnie MacAskill, director of golf at Royal Aberdeen, added: “Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is delighted to have the opportunity to help such a worthwhile charity.

“For over 230 years Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has promoted golf in the city of Aberdeen, and I am sure all competitors will have a truly memorable experience playing the Championship Links of Balgownie.”

All the money raised on September 27 will goes towards the charity’s latest fundraising campaign to fund the purchase of a highly advanced minimally invasive surgical system and two integrated operating theatres which will be used by the urological, general surgery and gynaecological teams at ARI, potentially benefiting thousands of patients in the North of Scotland.

Considered to be the future for surgical procedures, the Robotically-Assisted Surgical System utilising powerful and advanced tools, which enables very intricate and precise surgery to be carried out in patients, and has numerous benefits over traditional ‘open’ surgery, including faster recovery, less pain post operation, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay and speeds up operating times.

Packages for the UCAN Golf Challenge 2012 start at £980 and anyone wishing to sign up can do so by contacting the UCAN office on 01224 559312, email fiona.pearson@abdn.ac.uk or visit www.ucanfundraise.org.uk