Play in Pink movement continues to gather momentum

Dunmurry GC lit up in pink

Not even a global pandemic could stop the Play in Pink movement in its mission to raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research this year.

Golfers have been forced to become innovative given the intermittent course closures that have largely plagued the 2020 campaign but through virtual events like coffee mornings where members donned their finest pink from home, there’s been no stopping the charity’s efforts, even while the golf courses remain closed.

Prior to this latest lockdown, the pink army were making up for lost time in the name of Breast Cancer Research, painting the fairways pink in a real push to ensure the cost of the pandemic wouldn’t be felt across the charity.

At Luttrellstown, the Captains Joe Lynch & Dorothy Moynihan held their joint Captains Charity day in Support of Play in Pink for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. It was said to be a wonderful day with all the members and their guests turning out in pink to support their Captains’ Charity, with a whopping €11,900 raised on the day.

It was a similar tale of fashionable pink attire at Enniscorthy where club members were quick to embrace their inner flamingos with an extravagant display of pink prowess, made all the more impressive by two young men who participated in a ‘Golfathon’ on the day.
No doubt many golfers across Ireland in level 5 lockdown have so much pent-up energy stocked up that they’d quickly embark on a Golfathon themselves if restrictions were lifted but for now, the Play in Pink movement is encouraging safe endeavours from home in aid of the charity, with virtual play in pink sessions, golf trivia quizzes and coffee mornings over Zoom all great ways to catch up with friends you’re missing from the club whilst raising much-needed funds for Breast Cancer research.

“Last year ended up with 165 clubs hosting play in pink days and raising an outstanding €208,000 which was our best year,” says Miriam Hand. “With nothing happening until the end of June, the 2020 Lady Captains have put an enormous amount of effort and fun into their play in pink days and it’s been great to see so many events and so many participants in the short time we’ve been able to have them this year.”

For anyone new to the Play in Pink cause, it’s a movement worth playing for; one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime, while one in 1000 men will also be affected. In-all, there are 3100 new cases diagnosed each year in Ireland. Therefore, we can’t recommend Playing in Pink enough in terms of showing your support to our national charity which funds a comprehensive research programme at the Lambe Institute at NUI Galway. Not only are the days vital fundraisers for Breast Cancer Research but they’re filled with lots of fun and boast eye-catching fashion and action packed golf. Well done to everyone who has taken part this year. Apologies to those who didn’t get a mention but we know who you are and appreciate everything you do.

To get your club involved, visit for details.

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