The second edition of the National AIDS Council (NAC) HIV and Prevention Drive Pro-AM golf tournament was launched yesterday at Royal Harare Golf Club.

The golf tournament is aimed at raising funds to purchase cancer detection equipment for 15 rural hospitals.

The Pro-AM golf tournament will run from the 3rd to the 6th of October at Royal Harare Gold Club.

NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure said they undertook the initiave to assist rural women living with cancer who walk long distances to nearby hospitals for early detection.

Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa revealed that the inclusion of cancer follows his plead with NAC to incorporate it as it has become major killer ahead of HIV.

The Ministry of Sport and Recreation noted that the tournament resonates with its priority to promote health and well being of Zimbabweans.

Women representatives who attended the launch expressed gratitude at having an event that seeks to assist women who are more vulnerable to HIV and cancer.

Senator Lillian Timveous, who chairs the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS said they have been pushing the Ministry of Health Child Care to spearhead initiative to combat the cancer pandemic.

This year’s tournament is unique in that it also has a ladies’ event which will precede the main event.

The tournament is bankrolled to the tune of $10 000 and will feature golfers from neighbouring countries.