Teal Pants Campaign gets first winner

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    EMMA HAMBLIN and Jivin Cullen provided the first 'teal pants' win of 2017

    WITHIN hours of today’s official beginning to the Women’s Cancer Foundations Team Teal campaign, the fundraising has already started.

    Thanks to Victorian reinswoman Emma Hamblin, $400 has kick-off the tally, which is expected to reach six figures during the next six weeks.

    For every winner registered by the state’s leading ladies, Harness Racing Victoria will donate $200, with TAB.com.au matching the sum.

    Just like the women battling the terrible condition, Jivin Cullen showed tremendous strength under pressure to score after racing in the ‘death seat’ with Hamblin in the cart.

    “It feels great to have kicked started it all off for such a worthy cause,” Hamblin said. “It’s tremendous the industry is right behind this and it’s something I’m happy to support every year.

    “I didn’t plan to have him outside the leader, I thought he would be quick enough to find the front, but it was great he was able to win for the cause, trainer Brad Hunt and owner Shannon Hoffmann.”

    Following the previous success of the Women’s Cancer Foundations Team Teal campaign, this year’s ‘drive’ has gone national.

    Reinswomen throughout Australia will don teal pants in every race they compete leading up to March 11, which doubles as the Breed for Speed night and Gala Dinner at Melton.

    Albion Park will also host a special Gala Dinner on the same night, with the teal pants program coinciding with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

    Established in 1996, the Women’s Cancer Foundation has raised millions of dollars to fund researchers looking for more effective ways to treat and care for women suffering with ovarian cancer.

    It is predicted close to 1500 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2017, with an estimated 70 per cent to lose their battle.

    • PAUL COURTS

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