Neepawa ready to help chip away at cancer


By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The Canadian Cancer Society wants you to hit the greens in Neepawa for a quick round of golf. The organization, in partnership with the Neepawa Golf and Country Club [NGCC] has organized the Chipping Away at Cancer tournament for Friday, June 22. The event has been organized as a four-player scramble and will raise funds that will go towards cancer research. In total, 20 teams have committed to the fundraiser, which includes a round of golf and a dinner.

Canadian Cancer Society Fundraising coordinator Leann Bower said that while this is their first trip to the Neepawa Golf and Country Club, it’s not their first time putting together a fundraiser like this.

“Five years ago, we put together a day in Boissevain. That event, known as Funds for the Cure, was very well received. Then we partnered with Souris three years ago for Tee Off on Cancer and that’s been ongoing,” said Bower. “This year, we’re expanding not only to Neepawa but also establishing events in Minnedosa and Killarney. We’re very excited to be partnering with these communities and their local courses in this manner.”

NGCC general manager/CPGA golf pro Landon Cameron said that they are looking forward to partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society on this important cause.

“Cancer is something that, I think we have all dealt with on a personal level. Whether it’s through a family member or friend, who has been affected. It’s great to be able to support [the Canadian Cancer Society] in this manner and we’re looking forward to the day.”

Bower added that the Neepawa Golf and Country Club’s reputation as a premier course in the Westman region is well known and that they’re hoping this will be the start of a long-standing annual tradition. 

Chipping Away at Cancer will get underway on Friday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m at a cost of $85.00 per person. Each golfer will receive a $35.00 donation receipt from the Cancer Society.