WINNING a race in Leeton last night was always a proud and emotional moment for Amanda Dean.
After hearing a statistic about her success, however, Dean referred to the victory as “all the more special”.
One of more than 160 Australian reinswomen who form the Teal Pants Team, Dean registered her initial triumph during this year’s campaign when Family Tree caused an upset in the final event on the card.
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.
“I love raising money for this particular kind of cancer,” Dean said. “I’m a big supporter of it and am very proud to have been able to make a contribution.
“My mother Wendy died of ovarian cancer, so this time of year with Team Teal a means lot to me.”
Rating 2:02.8 over 2147 metres, Family Tree’s win was the 300th recorded by Team Teal.
“Oh geez that’s good,” Dean said. “It certainly makes the win all the more special.”