10 December 2013
Michael Hoey, 4 times European Tour winner, has been seen recently giving other stars of sport and media a last minute golf lesson. The 4 Stooges, otherwise known as Joel Taggart (BBC Sport NI), Liam Beckett (Ex Coleraine and Crusaders footballer and former Cliftonville manager), Albert Kirk (UTV Shoot editor, part time magician and full time socialiser) and John O’Neill (Former Northern Ireland international footballer), are preparing for a big challenge.
The guys are taking part in Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Competition, which means teeing off at Galgorm Castle Golf Club at 5.30am on Friday 21 June 2013 and playing four consecutive rounds. Michael very kindly gave them last minute tips like 'Don’t go in the water', 'Don’t go in a bunker', 'Try and get the ball in the hole!'
Joel Taggart, team captain said, 'We have been friends for many years, we all love our golf and we decided to take up the Longest Day Golf Challenge as we thought between us we might have one good hole! Seriously though, we do have some other reasons. Albert was diagnosed in March 2009 with colon cancer. He had an operation to remove the tumour, followed by chemotherapy. Thankfully he didn’t lose his famous flowing blonde locks and believes his positive attitude helped to get him back to health and strength. As well as Albert’s diagnosis a mutual friend has also just had surgery to remove a tumour from his throat, so it was these two events that inspired us to take part and raise both money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.'
Joanne Young, Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support said, 'When you meet the guys you can understand how their enthusiasm, sense of fun and frivolity and enjoyment for life has supported Albert’s road to recovery. They've taken on quite a challenging endeavour and are hoping that they will raise much needed funds for Macmillan. All funds raised will go towards providing medical, emotional and financial support to the 70,000 people in Northern Ireland living with cancer.'
If you would like to help please donate as much as you can to a very worthy cause by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/onegoodhole, If you would like updates on their progress during the day then follow Joel on Twitter @TaggartJoel
For further information, please contact Joanne Young, Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support, 07779289179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just someone to talk to, call free, Monday to Friday 9am-8pm (interpretation service available) 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk