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.
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. #GetRealSupportTeal
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
number of reinswomen competing
328 wins in 2019
Team Teal funds
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.