Michael Flatley is one of the celebrities supporting Drive for Dads

BANTRY, Skibbereen and Macroom Golf Clubs are tee’ing off for a charity campaign called ‘Drive for Dads’ for Breakthrough Cancer Research.

The campaign, which was launched by fathers and golfers Michael Flatley, Padraig Harrington, Paul McGinley and Shane Lowry, will run for a week from Father’s Day to raise money for research into new treatments for the leading cancers affecting men in Ireland.

‘Drive for Dads’ will see these participating golf courses and clubs in Ireland add €2 to members and non-members green fees during the week (17-24 June), and many will also host coffee mornings and charity bunkers in a drive to support cancer research into new treatments for fathers, brothers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, and friends affected by cancer in Ireland.

There will also be change boxes at their Pro Shops, cash registers, changing rooms, and in club houses, and if you want to give your dad something extra special, why not join him on the course and ‘caddy for daddy’ to raise a little extra.

All monies raised will specifically go towards research into lung, testicular, prostate, and stomach cancers.

Currently Ireland has the highest statistics of prostate cancer in Europe with the disease affecting one in every 13 men in the country, with over 90 per cent of those diagnosed with testicular cancer are younger than 50, and with lung cancer is the cause of 20 per cent of all cancer deaths in Ireland.

Padraig Harrington said, “As a father of two boys and having lost my own father to cancer, I am perhaps more aware of how cancer can effect men than others.

“Us men are notorious for not taking the correct, if any, action when it comes to our health. I am delighted to see the ‘Drive for Dads’ initiative making moves to increase awareness and carry out important research in Ireland into new treatments for cancers affecting men. ”

Participating clubs can be viewed on the event page www.drivefordads.ie or you can find details on Facebook or call 1890 998 998.