The Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) joined the fight against cancer in Papua New Guinea by taking part in the annual Daffodil Golf Cup Challenge.

The Golf Cup Challenge is an annual charity event organised by the Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) and sponsored by Oil Search Limited (OSL), to raise funds for the control and prevention of cancer in PNG.

Research data from the PNG institute of Medical Research shows the fight against cancer is very real with one in ten deaths in the country cancer related and more Papua New Guineans are at risk of having mouth and breast cancer.

MRDC is no stranger to the foundation having participated in the Golf Cup Challenge in previous years, winning the cup in 2008.

MRDC’s four man Ambrose team was made up of young golfer Mathew, who stepped in at the last minute for MRDC Commercial General Manager Clifford Kasi, together with long time team members Rodney Berapu, Lucas Kumane and Kevin Wapa. The three have been part of the MRDC golf team in various challenges and have proven to be a powerhouse over the years.

In spectacular conditions at the Royal Papua New Guinea Golf Course, MRDC teed off against Mirupasi Lawyers who were the overall winners this year.

Team MRDC with a handicap of seven scored 56 points against Mirupasi with 51 points and a handicap of eight. Mirupasi got 11 birdies while MRDC got eight.

Team MRDC finished in the top 10, at ninth place out of 28 teams.

The challenge raised close to K92,000 which will go towards conducting free mouth and breast cancer screening programs in six provinces within PNG in 2017.

MRDC is proud to have supported a worthy cause and looks forward to next year’s challenge.