REMOTE country city Broken Hill has become a boom town once again.
Founded after the discovery of a rich silver ore during the 1880s, Broken Hill remains Australia’s longest running mining hub.
During the last few weeks, however, Broken Hill has proven a boom town for teal.
Following the weekend’s meeting, Broken Hill has been the base for nine Teal Pants Campaign victories.
Beginning with six wins from the Robinson sisters, the tally was boosted by a treble from Kaela Hryhorec on Saturday night.
Cassie Robinson has recorded five wins, while Stevie Robinson registered her initial driving success a fortnight ago.
Thanks to the reinswomen’s wins $2600 has been added to the Teal Pants Campaign tally.
Between February 1 and March 14 the sport’s ladies throughout Australasia wear specially-designed teal pants to raise awareness and valuable funds for ANZGOG – Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group.
Along with the search for a cure, the funds are distributed to the research nurse program and ANZGOG’s education and prevention program Survivors Teaching Students, where ovarian cancer survivors go in to the classrooms of medical students to present about their journey of diagnosis and living with a life threatening disease
Money is earned via each win during the campaign, with the various state governing bodies donating a set amount per victory, which is matched by the state’s major wagering company.
On average a win is worth $400 for the kitty.
“It ended up being a 22-hour trip there and back, but was well worth it,” Hryhorec said. “I went through to Adelaide from Mount Gambier and got a lift the rest of the way which made it a very long venture.
“I’ll be back there in a couple of weeks where hopefully I can add to the tally during this important time for such a wonderful cause.”
During the past week the Australian squad – which consists of 260 reinswomen - has lifted its tally from 168 to 228 – an average of eight wins a day!
In monetary terms the nation’s leading ladies have raised more than $90,000….which doesn’t not include various fund raisers such as teal cakes, BBQ’s and sponsorships.
Given the wonderful achievement, it is little wonder ANZOG refers to Harness Racing Australia as its “WomenCan Team Teal Champion”!
For the record, Hryhorec’s wins were with Badland Star, Pinkie Promise and Courtney Katarina.