Queensland’s harness racing industry will once more get behind the annual Team Teal campaign to raise funds for ovarian and other gynecological cancer research.
Throughout February and March, Racing Queensland, TAB and the Albion Park and Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs will donate $200 to the Women’s Cancer Foundation each time a Queensland reinswoman wins any TAB race.
From today (Friday), all Queensland reinswomen will wear special teal coloured pants to highlight the campaign, with leading drivers Kylie Rasmussen and Narissa McMullen to wear specially-made Team Teal Silks as Queensland’s ambassadors.
The campaign in Queensland ends when the Albion Park HRC hosts the 2019 Australian Female Drivers Championship in Brisbane on Saturday, March 9, featuring the best female drivers from across the country.
RQ Harness Strategy and Development Manager David Brick said punters could also help the Women’s Cancer Foundation reach its fundraising goal of $250,000.
“I would encourage all racing fans to give what they can or to buy a special Team Teal pin from Albion Park or Redcliffe over the next six weeks,” Mr Brick said.
Alternatively, fans can head to the team teal portal -https://teamteal.blackbaud-sites.com/ to make donations directly.
“This will be the third year Racing Queensland has got behind this important campaign, which aims to shine a light on this ‘silent killer’,” Mr Brick said.
The Team Teal concept was created by Duncan McPherson OAM who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010.
Racing Queensland joined the campaign in 2017 and has since raised more than $60,000 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.
Funds raised during the 2019 campaign will support research nurses delivering treatments in newly-established research sites in Australian and New Zealand Hospitals and help provide greater access to clinical trials for women with a gynecological cancer.
They will also help support Survivors Teaching Students; a program bringing ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers into the classrooms of health professional students, to teach them about experiences living with cancer.