WHAT IS TEAM TEAL?
The WomenCan Team Teal campaign is a partnership with the Harness Racing industry in Australia and New Zealand. The industry’s advocacy and support of Team Teal is a significant contributor to fundraising for women with ovarian cancer. The Harness Racing industry is proud of the contribution made by reinswomen and industry sponsors as it is one of the few sports with a balanced representation of women and men. This makes the support of ANZGOG’s research, improving life for women with gynaecological cancer, very relevant.
Across six weeks in February and March each year, all reinswomen race in teal pants to raise awareness and much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research when they secure first across the finish line. Funds raised support the Research Nurse Grant Program and the Survivors Teaching Students Program.
|NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT||94 wins||$34,800|
|WESTERN AUSTRALIA||37 wins||$7,400|
|SOUTH AUSTRALIA||32 wins||$11,800|
|TOTAL AUSTRALIA||381 wins||$136,200|
|TOTAL NEW ZEALAND||72 wins||$28,800|
|TEAM TEAL TOTAL||453 wins||$165,000|
GET REAL SUPPORT TEAL
The success of Team Teal not only relies on sponsorship by principal partners, but also on the fundraising efforts of the wider harness racing community.
Here are some helpful ways to get involved:
- Donate to a reinswomen in your state or local area
- Purchase Team Teal merchandise online to sell at your next racing event
- Clubs can promote a Team Teal Race Day and seek admission by donations
- Like baking? Start by selling teal cookies and cupcakes at your workplace, school or next race meet
- Free dress day at your school
- Organise a BBQ at your next race meet
Join WomenCan at the premier night of international trotting for ovarian cancer research, featuring the Lyn McPherson memorial ‘Breed for Speed’ series
Among the thrill and excitement of world class racing, guests will enjoy a premium plated dinner, our special guest host and the opportunity to win incredible prizes at our live and silent auctions.
|TIME:||5:30 pm - 11 pm|
|DATE:||Saturday, 29th of February 2020|
|DRESS CODE:||Jacket and tie
Teal tie's will be available to purchase at the event
What funds are used for:
Through the Team Teal initiative, the harness racing community is raising much needed funds for ovarian cancer research and awareness:
|WomenCan Supportive Research Nurse Grant Program helps women take part in clinical trials offering new treatments and provide follow-up care. Both metro and regional hospitals are encouraged to take part in the program designed to increase the number of trials and hospitals offering gynaecological cancer clinical trials to women in Australia and New Zealand.|
|Survivors Teaching Students programme brings the faces and voices of ovarian cancer survivors and carers into the classrooms of health and medical students to educate them about women’s diagnosis and their lived experiences.|
TEAM TEAL HISTORY
The Team Teal campaign was created by Duncan McPherson OAM who lost his wife Lyn to ovarian cancer in 2010. In failing health, Lyn and her family began fundraising for ovarian cancer research and nurses supporting women in the research units, an initiative that Duncan McPherson connected with his passion for harness racing, co-founding Team Teal with fellow owners and trainers, Michael Taranto and Jim Connolly.
The campaign expanded from Victoria to New South Wales in 2016, to all Australian states in 2017 and internationally to New Zealand in 2018.
The vision of Team Teal Is to continue to expand our efforts in raising awareness and much-needed funds for ovarian cancer research nurses and Survivors Teaching Students – Savings Women’s Lives.