TASMANIAN reinswomen will race in teal coloured driving pants for the next six weeks as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for ovarian cancer research as part of Women’s Cancer Foundation’s Team Teal campaign.
Talented driver Hannah Vandongen has been named Tasmania’s 2019 Team Teal Ambassador.
Reinswomen from New Zealand and every state in Australian will take part in Team Teal from 1 February until 10 March 2019 with Tasmania’s term extended to March 16 to coincide with the Tasmanian Trotting Club’s Tasmania Cup meeting in Hobart.
Each time a female driver wins a race during the campaign, $200 is donated to Women’s Cancer Foundation by their controlling body, along with other corporate and club sponsors.
Team Teal is a major awareness and fundraising campaign for the Foundation, the initiative originally conceived by three passionate members of the harness racing industry, Duncan McPherson OAM, Michael Taranto, and Jim Connolly.
The campaign is now in its fourth year, with original partner Harness Racing Victoria being joined again by Harness Racing New South Wales for the third year, and for the second year, Racing Queensland, Harness Racing SA, Tasracing, Racing & Wagering WA and welcoming Harness Racing New Zealand as part of Team Teal for the first time.
Tabcorp has also once again joined Team Teal, matching donations made by Harness Racing Victoria and Harness Racing New South Wales.
Ovarian cancer is one of the seven gynaecological cancers and impacts approximately 1400 women each year in Australia.
There’s no screening test for ovarian cancer, so detection relies on being aware of the signs and symptoms and timely medical advice if they develop.
Women’s Cancer Foundation will provide weekly updates on the results via social media.