Golf: a charity that swings against cancer


For nearly a century, the Foundation Against Cancer has been a standard in Belgium. To raise public awareness and raise funds, they even organize a golf competition. Meeting with its CEO Benoît Koerperich.

By Miguel Tasso

Based on the latest official figures, cancer has become the disease that causes the most deaths in Belgium. “And everyone is concerned, from near or far. Everyone has, among their family or loved ones, someone who is infected. Unfortunately, there are 70,000 new cases every year”recalls Benoit Kuerberich, director general of the Cancer Control Foundation.

For nearly a hundred years, this charitable public interest has been working behind the scenes to fight this terrible disease. Our first task is to fund scientific research projects. The second is to support patients and their loved ones throughout their ordeal. The third is to raise awareness of risk factors through prevention measures or campaigns. »
For this purpose, the Swing Against Cancer golf tournament was created, which is celebrating its second anniversary this year.

“The idea is to organize competitions in different clubs in the country in order to meet the players and explain our profession to them in a friendly, spontaneous and humane way. The goal is not to ask for money in an obligatory way, but to send the right messages and arouse curiosity.”

Virginia Dor. ®DR

The first two rounds of the 2022 edition have already taken place at the National and Zoute. The rest are scheduled to take place in Sart Tillmann (June 18), Waterloo (July 2 and 3), Clydel (July 16 and 17), Antwerp (July 30) and Chateau Darden (September).
“Golf is a very important target category for us. It is a sport that conveys beautiful values. We were also well received by all the clubs we visited and I know that upstream golfers are generous »Benoît Koerperich continues. At the same time, a dedicated corporate celebration will be held in Waterloo on September 16. And there, companies can of course buy the difference for a good cause.

In fact, fighting cancer should be everyone’s priority, more than ever. The health crisis related to the Corona virus has taken center stage for several months, occupying a large space in the media and in society in general. It did not facilitate examinations or speed up treatment in hospitals. So it is urgent to respond. »

Talk, explain, advise and innovate: The Cancer Foundation is stepping up its efforts to spread the word to all. “Fighting smoking and alcohol, encouraging sedentary people to perform physical exercise, advocating a balanced diet to avoid gaining weight, protecting themselves from UV rays and, starting from a certain age, encouraging citizens to have their colon, prostate, prostate, and breasts checked are all necessary. Unfortunately. , the Belgian is sometimes too young, he is not a very good student in all these areas. And Cancer does not wait.”

A national, fully independent and sustainable institution, the Foundation relies on a team of 75 people, on very high-level scientific experts and on many dedicated volunteers across the country. Over the years and generations, it has become a true reference. Its cancer scale now serves as an indicator for the Federal Minister of Health to conduct effective policy against this disease.

Anne Catherine Horn and Benoit Kuerberich. ®DR

“We are very attached to the concept of modeling. That is why we are not associated with any pharmaceutical company or any university. The funds we collect are automatically redistributed to our various tasks, without intermediaries and only at the service of Belgian citizens. We have invested more than 200 million euros in nearly a thousand projects Since 1989. In the 1970s, there was a 40% remission rate. We are now 70%. Over the past 10 years, 350,000 patients with the disease have survived. These are very encouraging statistics, but there is room for improvement at all levels. In research of course, but Also in prevention and communication. It starts at a young age, at school or at home. It’s not a good idea to put a bag of potato chips in your child’s school bag. Let him quench his thirst with soft drinks too. There is a great educational work to be done.”

The Cancer Control Foundation understands the importance of its impact, and works directly at all levels. It was she who, a few years ago, invented the concept of a “mineral tour” in February to fight alcoholism. In the same spirit, in May she launched the “Deal of Friends”. By quitting smoking for a month, you are five times more likely to quit completely. With this new measure, the goal is to encourage smokers to not smoke for 30 days with the support of a “friend”. A real challenge for two, a real deal between friends. »

Tobacco is, right, a very important cause of lung cancer. “There is also a re-emergence of cases, especially in the 80s generation. Cigarettes at that time were very popular among young people, boys and girls.”

Thanks to legacies and individual donations, the Foundation has been able to take on a very important role and work in an episodic way in research, prevention and support. She leads by example, literally and figuratively, in life and on the green. Well, swing now!


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