Punters don pink for a day

GATTON residents and visitors from as far away as Roma and Mt Isa turned out in droves for the annual Breast Cancer Race Day at the Gatton racecourse on Saturday.

The first local race kicked off about 1pm as punters in pink flocked to the track to cheer on horses and jockeys as they crossed the line.

Organiser Lisa Bentley said it was a great day out for the whole family.

“I would say, definitely, it was on par with last year,” she said.

“We raised around $6000.

“Everyone dressed in pink for the occasion.

“Lots of guys and girls turned out, which added to the huge crowd.

“We had about 800 people attend last year and people were saying there were more there this year.”

She said lots of people were already saying they were booking their table for next year's event under the marquee.

“It has become an annual event and they are already pencilling themselves in,” she said.

Mrs Bentley said she was overwhelmed with the local community's support.

“It was good to see lots of young ones getting involved,” she said.

“We had multi-draw raffles, as well as lots of other prizes, and raised about $1500 from them.”

All the money raised goes towards the National Breast Cancer Foundation's research into finding a cure for breast cancer.

“We deposit into the foundation's bank account and they send a certificate to say thank you,” she said.

Mrs Bentley said her husband, Mark, also participated in Movember. She said they were looking at combining the fundraisers to raise money for men's health and prostate cancer research.

“It would be good to combine something and, in future, we will be doing more work for that,” she said.

“Without the number of people that turned up, the day wouldn't be as big a success.”


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