As The Oscar Knox Cup celebrates the little boy behind the fundraiser’s 10th birthday in September, SPAR Northern Ireland has been announced as the title sponsor for the event which is now in its third year.
Leona and Stephen Knox, parents of Oscar Knox who won the hearts and support of the country during his fight with High Risk Neuroblastoma, set up the annual golf day in memory of Oscar who died in 2014, aged just five years old.
In the past two years, it has raised an incredible £36,000 for the Oscar Knox Fund at Solving Kids’ Cancer.
SPAR in Northern Ireland has now come on board to provide extra support for the event which continues to fundraise for research and treatments to ensure more effective diagnosis and treatment options for those living with childhood cancer.
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing said; “The work and support that the Oscar Knox Fund provides is so important, and on what would’ve been Wee Oscar’s 10th birthday, we are so delighted to be able to provide extra support for this well-established event.
“We have two teams taking part, and we look forward to a really special day of remembering Oscar, as well as raising important funds in his memory.”
Oscar’s Mum Leona Knox said; “Childhood cancer research is massively underfunded, which is delaying the discovery of more effective and less toxic treatments to help children just like Oscar. Only 4 in 10 children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma are alive 5 years after diagnosis. That is simply not good enough. Far too many families are being devastated in the same way that ours has been.”
“Together with Solving Kids’ Cancer, we are working towards a day where no child dies of neuroblastoma and no child suffers due to its treatment. All money raised at our golf day goes to the Oscar Knox Fund which is something we are extremely passionate about and will be used to fund research into this horrendous disease that took Oscar from us. We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, providers and golfers for all of their support.”
Oscar’s Dad Stephen said “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of SPAR as Title Sponsor for the Oscar Knox Cup 2018. For us, the support of such a well-known brand shows that this event in Oscar’s memory is going from strength to strength, something which makes us very proud.”
The Oscar Knox Cup is set to feature a number of celebrity golfers including boxers Carl Frampton, Paddy Barnes, Michael and Jamie Conlan, as well as Masters 2017 Snooker Champion and defending Oscar Knox Cup Champion, Mark Allen.
Teams of four can sign up for £200 and can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.