John, Charlene and Luke Thompson at one of the initial Play Fore Hope tournaments at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club.
Play Fore Hope has raised $10,000 to date for the Atlantic division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Society and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Entering it’s fifth annual year of raising money for breast cancer research, chairman of the event, John Thompson says the goal of the event is to reach capacity with registration and to raise awareness about breast cancer and research towards finding a cure.
“You don’t need to be a professional golfer or anything,” he said. “Everyone just comes out to enjoy the day and that is the purpose of it. We want to raise awareness and enjoy the day with everyone.”
The tournament takes place June 16 at Abercrombie Golf and Country Club, with up to 72 teams of two being able to register. Although the event is not at capacity Thompson says he expects the remaining spots to fill before the weekend.
“Every year the more you raise the awareness of the event the more we see different people coming out to the event,” he said. “We’ll take whatever we can for registration going into the weekend, but we’re close to what we can handle with regards to registration.”
Regardless of whether they reach 72 teams, Thompson says the goal is to raise at least $2,500.
Having participated in multiple events that are similar to this around the Maritimes, Thompson says the event in Pictou County is on par.
“Some are smaller than ours and some are bigger, but it’s not really the amount we look at,” he said. “We don’t want to say ‘$2,500 isn’t as big as $5,000’ because as we know everything helps. As long as you meet your goal it’s a successful event.”
He says the success of the event is attributed to the compassion of the participants. Over the years there has been rain and sun, but regardless of the weather everyone stuck it out and never quit.
There are three divisions for the event including men’s, women’s and mixed. To participate it is $40 for a team of two members, $65 for a team with a member and non-member, and $90 for a team of two non-members. The format of the event is a two-person scramble.