Horsewomen taking charge for Pink Ribbon Day

April 21, 2017

Cobram Harness Racing Club will host a special ladies day on May 4.

The harness racing girls, spearheaded by Ardmona horsewoman Donna Castles, are out and about working hard to make a difference for cancer sufferers.

They have organised a major raffle to boost much-needed funds for the McGrath Foundation in conjunction with Cobram’s Community Pink Ribbon Ladies Day at the Trots on Thursday, May 4.

A $6050 Missile sulky, aerodynamically designed for safety and speed and uniquely designed with oval shafts by a horseman for horsemen, is up for grabs for just $5 a ticket.

Castles said the sulky prize should appeal to people who are not in the harness racing industry as it could still be sold if the raffle winner had no use for it.

Two years ago, the participating women donated their driving fees for the cause and last year organised a major raffle that raised $6020 in two weeks.

This year they aim to treble this amount with the community’s support.

The women would love to hear from anyone wanting to buy a ticket or willing to sell a book of 20 tickets.

The McGrath Foundation has placed 117 breast cancer nurses in Australian communities and supported 50000 families since starting in 2005.

As this cruel disease touches so many families in our community, it is important to get behind these amazing female drivers and support their wonderful initiative.

Anyone wishing to help out can contact Donna Castles or Cobram Harness Racing Club.

On May 4 at Cobram the female drivers will be wearing pink pants in a show of support and awareness.

Carbine Chemicals, Polly’s Equine Transport and Nikkata Ross Photography have joined forces to sponsor pink shirts for the girls to wear on the day in appreciation of their amazing effort to boost funds raised.

Many other businesses have pledged their support of the day, including Trot Pace, Saddleworld Shepparton and Avenel Rug and Harness by sponsoring trophies for trainers of the first three placegetters in the Antica Murrina Roberts Jewellers Lady Drivers Race.

Ranvet is also providing a gift pack of products to the value of $300 for the winning trainer of each race on the program, while Cobram community service clubs and women’s groups are sponsoring a trophy for the winning owner of each race.

Special awards for the female drivers include an encouragement award sponsored by Janelle Bunfield, wife of trainer Brett Bunfield, and the Xerri Evans Lady Drivers Aggregate Award.

—Gus Underwood

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