By Andrew Smith
There will be a distinct shade of pink amongst racegoers at the Gold Coast Turf Club this Saturday for the 16th edition of the Pink Ribbon Cup.
Starting in 2008, the Cup remains Australia’s largest official community fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
It forms part of the Pink Ribbon Raceweek, which returns in 2023 following a successful inaugural running in 2022.
The week includes a special race meet across all three codes to raise money for breast cancer research, with the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club hosting their meeting on Thursday, September 14, before racing at Albion Park Harness Racing Club and the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday, September 16.
The Sunshine Coast Turf Club will also turn pink for its meeting on Sunday, September 17.
Pink Ribbon Cup founder Robyn Cameron said she was expecting another big turnout for Saturday’s Cup day, with over 800 people attending the official National Breast Cancer Foundation event, along with Fashions On The Field, raffles and auctions.
“The team and I, we get overwhelmed at times when we think of where we started in 2008 - a big room full of many guests and we raised $20,000 and we were ecstatic…to where we are now in our 16th year and last year, we raised over $220,000 for breast cancer research,” Robyn said.
“There will be lots of pink and the men also really seem to get so enthusiastic about it, even some more so than the women and really vying for that Best Dressed Male.
“More importantly, it’s a very important cause – too many women are diagnosed with breast cancer and while I’m talking to you now a woman has been told ‘you’ve got breast cancer.’
“The downside is that it’s not just the woman who is diagnosed - it’s that snowball effect, it’s the husband, the father, the grandma, the daughter and so it impacts all the family and their loved ones.
“It’s a day of fun, but it’s also about raising money for vital breast cancer research so please if you’ve got nothing on Saturday yet, come along!
“You’ll have a great day and I promise you it is a ball.”