Tasracing and Melbourne-based NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia are working together to raise money and awareness at Friday night’s Flinders Island Cup meeting at Ladbrokes Racing Centre Mowbray.
NeuroEndocrine Cancer affects thousands of people, yet there is no national funding to assist with research into the illness.
Prominent Tasmanian racehorse owner Rob Hammond has been battling the disease for a number of years, a fact that only came to light during an interview for Tasracing’s It’s Why We Race campaign.
Mr Hammond owns former Launceston Cup winner Glass Warrior, the ambassador of the campaign.
Tasracing Acting CEO Andrew Jenkins said Friday night’s meeting was designed to maximise the awareness opportunity for NeuroEndocrine tumour patients in Tasmania.
“Importantly, it will also provide an opportunity for these patients to meet other patients and enjoy a night out at the racetrack,” he said.
“It is hoped that Racing for a Cure will become an annual event.”
Mr Jenkins said it was very pleasing that the Flinders Island community was also supporting the event with many small businesses sponsoring races and donating prizes for an auction.