The NAC HIV Cancer golf event got underway this Tuesday with scores of women taking part in the event aimed at raising funds for the purchase of 15 mobile cancer screening units for rural hospitals.

Over 104 women teed off in action for the golf event with only Claris Masani managing to advance to the pro-am tournament after a superb performance in the open ladies qualifying round.

Masani managed 45 points to advance to the three day professional golf tournament.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, ladies captain, Aulia Alfazema hailed the massive turn out by women, saying the tournament will go a long way in curbing cancer and HIV since women are on the epicenter of the two diseases.

NAC Acting Board Chairperson, Beatrice Tonhodzayi noted that the tournament is a response to addressing the non communicable diseases.

The guest of honor, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Adrian Musiiwa said the event is a befitting one which will address the cancer scourge.

Exceptional performers were also awarded with prizes at the event which was also graced by the Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Abigirl Damasane.

The tournament will run until Friday and will feature professional golfers from South Africa and Malawi.