WHAT IS TEAM TEAL?
The WomenCan Team Teal campaign is a partnership with the Harness Racing industry in Australia and New Zealand. The industry’s advocacy and support of Team Teal is a significant contributor to fundraising for women with ovarian cancer.
The Harness Racing industry is proud of the contribution made by reinswomen and industry sponsors as it is one of the few sports with a balanced representation of women and men. This makes the support of ANZGOG’s research, improving life for women with gynaecological cancer, very relevant.
Across six weeks in February and March each year, all reinswomen race in teal pants to raise awareness and much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research to support the Research Nurse Grant Program and the Survivors Teaching Students education and prevention program.
Racing Queensland in conjunction with the Albion Park and Redcliffe Harness Racing Clubs will donate $200 each time a race is won by a reinswomen throughout the promotional period.
TEAM TEAL HISTORY
The Team Teal campaign was created by Duncan McPherson OAM who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. In failing health, Lyn and her family began fundraising for ovarian cancer research and nurses supporting women in the research units, an initiative that Duncan McPherson connected with his passion for harness racing, co-founding Team Teal with fellow owners and trainers, Michael Taranto and Jim Connolly.
The campaign expanded from Victoria to New South Wales in 2016, to all Australian states in 2017 and internationally to New Zealand in 2018. The vision of Team Teal Is to continue to expand our efforts in raising awareness and much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research nurses and Survivors Teaching Students – Saving Women’s Lives.
SUPPORTING TEAM TEAL
The success of Team Teal not only relies on sponsorship by principal sponsors, but also on the fundraising efforts of the wider harness racing community, the campaign is increasingly embraced with additional fundraising coming from, but not limited to:
Clubs matching donations for victorious drives by reinswomen at their tracks.
Trainers sponsoring the wins of their drivers, male or female.
Drivers and trainers pledging fees and percentages, in whole or in part.
Racegoers purchasing a teal awareness ribbon or wristband.
Clubs promoting a Team Teal Race Day and seeking admission by donation, etc.Local Communities, Individuals, Clubs and associations hosting their own fundraising events or making direct donations.