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Team Teal ‘frocks up for the trots’


A great night of fashion, fun and fillies is on the agenda at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club (NHRC) this week.

The organisation’s inaugural FebFest recently kicked off with the region’s top pacers vying for the Newcastle Cup.

And, now, the three-week carnival will turn its attention to Team Teal Frocks at the Trots on Friday 10 February… to amass vital funds for the care of ovarian and gynaecological cancer patients.

NHRC chairman Daryl Rodgers said the event tied in with the national campaign, which partnered WomenCan, Tabcorp and the harness racing industry in Australia and New Zealand.

“Across six weeks, in February – which is Teal Ribbon month – and March, all reinswomen will race in teal pants to raise awareness and money for cancer research,” he explained.

“The Newcastle Harness Racing Club is also donating $100 for each win by a female driver or trainer.

“At the first meeting, last Friday, $400 was raised – and there are still eight more [meetings] remaining.

“However, the evening will not only be about awareness with guest speakers.

“It’ll be loaded with fun, too.

“Local Travel Guides stars Cathy and Victoria Fren will bring their own unique blend of humour to the event, and we’ll host a Fashions on the Field competition for ladies and gents, with more than $650 in prizes for each winner.

“On top of that, sponsors Rail Industry Constructions, Merewether House 1910, Ryan Houston PRD Newcastle and Norris Newcastle have ensured the night kicks off with $800 added the kitty.

“The local business community has been incredibly generous with thousands of dollars in raffle prize donations.”

Rodgers said Team Teal Frocks at the Trots was an opportunity for women, as well as men, to kick up their hooves for a good cause.

“Funds raised support ANZGOG’s ground-breaking Survivors Teaching Students program and ensures women have access to gynaecological cancer clinical trials irrespective of where they live, enabling them to live better and live longer,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“Sadly, there are 18 women diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day in Australia and about 1,815 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually.

“In most cases the cancer will be diagnosed at an advanced stage, where it is very difficult to treat.

“That’s why creating awareness about ovarian and gynaecological cancers, and early detection, is so important.

“It could be the difference between life and death.”

Tickets to the Team Teal event are still available, so phone the Newcastle Harness Racing Club on 4956 1750.

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