Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Swinging clubs to ease the hardship of cancer

Tim Murphy, left, chair of the organizing committee for the Calvert Masters Golf Tournament, and Loyola Sullivan participate in the annual fundraiser.

The Gift: $182,000 and climbing

The Cause: Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation

Almost every summer, Tim Murphy would return to his hometown of Calvert, Nfld., and join some friends for a round or two of golf. Calvert is a tiny coastal fishing village, about 70 kilometres south of St. John's, that was hit hard by the decline of the cod fishery. Its population has fallen from a peak of 500 several years ago to about 300 today.

Story continues below advertisement

A few years ago, Mr. Murphy and some others from the village decided to turn the golf outing into a fundraiser. "It's really all about a group of people in a small community, all of whom have been touched in one form or another by cancer," said Mr. Murphy who lives in St. John's and works for Chevron Canada. "And so we wanted to do something to raise some funds for a really good cause."

The cause turned out to be the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, which helps fund cancer programs across the province through the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John's. In 2010, Mr. Murphy, who is not related to Dr. H. Bliss Murphy, and a group of volunteers started the Calvert Masters Golf Tournament at The Wilds golf course near St. John's. Soon just about everyone in the village got involved and calls went out to potential sponsors and donors from across the province.

The first event pulled in $40,000 and it has gotten bigger every year since, raising $60,000 in 2011 and $82,750 this past August. It now attracts close to 200 people, with more expected next year. The money will go toward helping provide new radiation equipment.

"It has turned out bigger and better and we ever thought," said Mr. Murphy, who is also a volunteer board member of the foundation. "We also knew we'd have a lot of fun doing it, that's for sure."

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.