Wicklow Golf Club became the latest club to become awash with pink last Monday as the curtain came down on an exceptional year for Play in Pink, the brilliant golf initiative in aid of Breast Cancer Research.
The flamingo pink brigade at Wicklow enjoyed great fun in great weather, turning out in force in aid of the charity that raises vital funds for the research programme at the Lambe Institute.
After adding the funds raised at Wicklow – the last registered Play in Pink day in the calendar for 2021 – it was revealed that an unbelievable €370.000 has already been raised for The National Breast Cancer Research Institute. This is a testament to the generosity of the clubs involved and the golf industry as a whole, while clubs are still being encouraged to play in pink through the winter if they wish to get involved.
“I’m totally amazed by the numbers this year,” Play in Pink Co-Ordinator Miriam Hand told us.
“2021 has been a real revelation and I want to thank all the golf clubs, the Lady Captains and all those involved with organising the Play in Pink days around the country.
“The money raised is really important to the research programme at the Lambe Institute and the total for 2021 is already hugely impressive and is the biggest total we’ve ever managed. Some clubs have held 2 or 3 events which has really helped while others like Dundrum House Hotel have combined events with coffee mornings, BBQ’s and golf and they raised €13,080.
“There have also been some incredible single day events with Luttrellstown Castle raising €17,435, while one of the biggest stops on the Play in Pink calendar is always Dromoland Castle and they once again pulled out all the stops with Maria Nolan serving wonderful treats on the course while the Lady Captain’s sons helped all day with the raffle. The team, led by Eamonn O’Donnell, are ardent supporters and the club raised €10,330.
“Howth also once again ran their day in conjunction with The Jacqui McAleese Memorial Trophy, which adds greatly to the support and sponsorship of the day and they raised €10,840, while Lahinch once again did fantastically well and managed to raise €14,320.”
There have been a lot of new clubs on board this year too with the help of the Play in Pink support group who are based all over the country. Clubs like Beaufort, Faithlegg, St Margaret’s, Muskerry, The K Club and Letterkenny were among those that joined the Play in Pink brigade and there’s no doubt that they’ll all be looking to mark the day in the diary for 2022.
Overall, the support all across the country has been superb and it’s great to see juniors turning out in pink this year and more men taking part than ever.
Congratulations to everyone for an amazing effort in 2021 and for more information on how to get involved with Play in Pink, visit www.PlayInPink.com