Get in quick to secure your tickets for the Team Teal Fundraiser held on Australian Female Drivers Championship Night, March 9th 2019 at Albion Park.
For more information phone 07 3262 2577.
Thursday 31 January 2019
Tomorrow is the day lady drivers all around Australia and New Zealand will hang up their traditional white driving pants and replace them with Teal pants for a very worthy cause.
For the next six weeks (between February 1 and March 10) these ladies will form “Team Teal”, an awareness and fundraising campaign that connects the harness racing industry with Women’s Cancer Foundation. Each time a female driver wins a race they secure funds for ovarian and gynaecological cancer research conducted by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG).
While the campaign initiated in Victoria in 2014, it has since grown to an international status with hundreds of reinswomen wearing teal driving pants last year, securing a total of 315 winners and close to $200,000 in donations. This year they strive for more with the fundraising goal set at $250,000.
As in tradition the campaign ends with the Australian Female Drivers Championship, this year being staged at Albion Park on March 9.
Narissa McMullen and Kylie Rasmussen will represent Queensland in the multi-race series and therefore have been selected as Queensland’s Teal Ambassadors who will also wear Teal driving silks throughout the campaign.
McMullen has been the most successful Queensland female driver while driving in her teal pants for the past two campaigns, in which she has accumulated a total of 19 winners.
“It’s great that we are back driving in the teal pants again this year, getting a winner is always great but to raise money for such a worthy cause while doing so is even better,” McMullen said.
The harsh reality is that this year, more than 1400 women in Australia alone will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Over 900 of these same women will die from the disease.
The Women’s Cancer Foundation strives to change these statistics, however we need your help to raise much needed funding to support their research projects and raise awareness.
Donation buckets and Teal merchandise will be available at Albion Park as well as many other harness clubs. You can also donate directly at https://donate.everydayhero.com/d/XS0leTYXVguOJ1_hqCb5_w/amount
Tuesday 29 January 2019
By David Fowler
Albion Park Harness Racing Chairman
The Albion Park Harness Racing Club is delighted to acknowledge the Australia Day honor of OAM General Division to Chris Garrard.
Chris received his OAM for services to harness racing and our club has been a major beneficiary of his service, knowledge and generosity over many years.
A long time Club member, Chris has served on committee on more than one occasion.
As the patriarch of the family's various business interests over several decades, Chris has, and continues to be, a major sponsor.
The time-honored Garrards Sunshine Sprint is an excellent case in point.
Yet his faith and financial support of the harness racing industry extends well past Albion Park to many clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand.
And that faith and support is also clearly demonstrated through his continued owning and breeding interests.
What must also be said is Chris' unwavering support of the grass roots participants in our business.
From a personal point of view, I have known Chris and his family for almost 40 years and his OAM is a wonderful acknowledgement to his contribution to the harness racing industry.
A popular man but never afraid to take a stand, his word is his bond.