Posted by Ingham Institute
on 4 April 2016
Cricket legend Len Pascoe headlined the 4th Green Industries Charity Golf Day on 18 March 2016 at Camden Lakeside Golf & Country Club. The event supports the Ingham Institute's vital prostate cancer research program.
The Ingham Institute is the charity of choice for the fourth year running of this event which is held in association with the Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT (NGINA) and the LNA Master Landscaper (LNA).
The round of golf is held in memory of the late Mike Skegg, former CEO of NGINA, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012, with the winning team collecting the Mike Skegg Memorial Trophy.
Len Pascoe said he was thrilled to lead the day as Master of Ceremonies and liked seeing the healthy competition out on the green, all in the name of prostate cancer research.
"Supporting prostate cancer research is something that I'm incredibly passionate about," said Mr Pascoe. "After learning more about the phenomenal work that the Ingham Institute are conducting in this area I couldn't wait to be involved," he continued.
Associate Professor Kieran Scott leads the Institute's prostate cancer research programs, an area that is very close to his heart given his own father's family history with the disease.
"I'm at the age now where I should be paying attention because of my family connection with the disease. I know that early detection of prostate cancer is important so I am vigilant about getting a check-up once a year," he said.
A/Prof Scott's own personal connection with the disease drives him to work harder to develop 'C2', a new world-first drug to help treat prostate cancer, the key focus of his research team's work.
"Our work has proven that C2 slows the growth of prostate tumours in the laboratory by blocking an enzyme which causes tumour growth," he explained.
"The next stage of our project is to progress a clinical trial for this new drug, which will, in time, give Australian prostate cancer research patients a new treatment option." A/Prof Scott said that his research team are heavily reliant on donations from the community and by people attending fundraising events like the Green Industries Golf Day. "The tremendous support and generosity of the sponsors of this event, including NGINA and LNA, not only provides us with all-important resources to do our work, but drives us to work harder, smarter and faster to save and improve the lives of prostate cancer patients in the community," he continued. "So even if you weren't able to attend the Golf Day please make a donation as one hundred per cent of all donations we received go directly to support research programs at the Ingham Institute."
Stephen Skegg (son of the late Mike Skegg, who played at the event) praised the efforts of the NGINA, LNA and the Ingham Institute for their organisation and support of the event, which helps to keep the legacy of his Dad alive.
"The name of the winning trophy speaks for itself in honouring Dad," said Mr Skegg. "Mum and I are both so proud that the funds from the Green Industries Golf Day support the Ingham Institute's research to help prevent others going through the battle he did. We visited the Ingham Institute and were really impressed not only with the facility but also the people working towards fighting cancer. They have a whole team of cancer researchers who work incredibly hard to help our community."
Image from left to right Adrian Swain (The Other Side Landscapes) Monique Attia (LNA Staff Member) Garth Jackson (Triton Pool & Spa Inspections) Mitchell (The Other Side Landscapes)