Harness racing NSW joins ovarian cancer fight

Harness Racing New South Wales has rallied its support behind the Women’s Cancer Foundation by taking part in the Teal Pants promotion.

This isn’t the first year that Harness Racing New South Wales has teamed up with the Women’s Cancer Foundation, the two groups having worked together to develop the Teal Pants promotion over the last several years.

Harness Racing New South Wales said in order to increase the awareness of ovarian cancer they were promoting for every female driver across the state to be wearing teal coloured driving pants when competing in any official races from February 1 to March 11.

The ideology behind the Teal Pants promotion is for every time a reins-woman drives her way to a win in a race in New South Wales during this period Harness Racing New South Wales will donate $200 to the Women’s Cancer Foundation with corporate partner Tabcorp matching the donation.

Harness Racing New South Wales have announced that leading female drivers Ellen Rixon, Emma Turnbull and Madi Young as the 2017 driving ambassadors for the Teal Pants promotion. The three drivers will wear the Women’s Cancer Foundation silks in all of their drives until the end of the campaign next month. Joining Rixon, Turnbull and Young, the three driver ambassadors will be the state’s leading female trainers Kerry Ann Turner and Lauren Tritton.

The support for the campaign, awareness and donations has been congratulated by Harness Racing New South Wales Chief Executive John Dumesny.

“The girls helped raise close to $50,000 towards the Foundation and I would again like to thank all the ladies for getting behind the cause once again,” Dumesny said.

“Harness Racing New South Wales is proud to support the Women’s Cancer Foundation again and hopefully we can help contribute another significant donation towards funding ovarian cancer research.

HRNSW is proud to support the WCF again and hopefully we can help contribute another significant donation towards funding ovarian cancer research.

HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny

“The Sky Racing Carnival of Miracles is set to start next week and with some of the Australasia’s best reins-women competing at this time it will mean so much more exposure for the cause.”

The Women's Cancer Foundation was established in 1996 and is the longest running Foundation dedicated to funding ovarian cancer research in Australia.

The Women’s Cancer Foundation will use the money raised by the Teal Pants promotion to fund research into ovarian cancer causes and cures.

The Women’s Cancer Foundation has said that more than 70 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive their disease and there is no effective vaccine, early detection test or screening program for ovarian cancer which makes Harness Racing New South Wales’ contribution to the awareness and raising of funds all the more important.