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Team Teal Campaign 2018

In 2014, Duncan McPherson, OAM, Michael Taranto and Jim Connolly, all passionate harness racing owners and breeders, conceived an awareness and fundraising campaign that connected the harness racing industry in Victoria with Women's Cancer Foundation.  The campaign is known as Team Teal and raises funds for gynaecological cancer research and research nurses.  It begins annually during February, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and showcases the colour teal, the ovarian cancer awareness colour.

Team Teal has become an international campaign in 2018 with 100’s of reinswomen wearing teal driving pants in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, Canberra and now New Zealand between 1 February and 15 March, each driver striving to cross the finishing line first and secure donations for Women's Cancer Foundation.  This year we would like to acknowledge all of the  drivers participating and fundraising, the trainers, all of the Harness Racing Clubs, the State Harness Racing Clubs, Harness Racing Australia, Tabcorp, Ubet and each of the communities for coming together to support research into ovarian and gynaecological cancers. Last year over $154000 was raised.


In 2018, the Team Teal Campaign has raised over $185,000, with funds still coming in to reach the target of $200,000! Team Teal raises awareness and much needed funds for ovarian and gynaecological cancer research conducted by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG). 

This year, 247 reinswomen participated including 63 from New Zealand, achieving 315 wins over the finish line during the six week event. Another amazing target achieved.

All Australian states and New Zealand donated funds for every win with Tabcorp, Ubet, Racing and Wagering Western Australia and Woodlands Stud (NZ) matching their donation. Clubs held special events, individuals raised funds. The community got right behind it.

The Women’s Cancer Foundation would like to thank everyone in the industry who raised funds for Team Teal this year. The harness racing industry’s advocacy of Team Teal is an extremely important part of Women’s Cancer Foundation’s success. It enables ANZGOG to make clinical trials research possible through the funding of research nurses – clinical research is vital for finding new treatments for gynaecological cancers and improving patient care, and research nurses are at the forefront of this process.


Community fundraising

Special thanks to the many individuals and businesses who have chosen to support Team Teal with direct donations, sponsorship of trainers and drivers, club events and fundraising, and the like, including Hyland Sportswear.

Here is the list of Community Activities that are happening around Australia and New Zealand

Night at the Trots
Melton Harness Racing Club

Bubbles in the Bush
Charlton Harness Racing Club

Narrogin Racing Pacing Cup
Narrogin Racing Club

Dja Dja Warrung Cup Day
Charlton Harness Racing Club

Girls Night Out - Cranbourne 

Pinjarra Harness Racing Club


Media Release 1 February 2018

Click here for our photo gallery form past events ... with special thanks to Ashlea Brennan Photography. If you have any photographs from your events or require further information please forward them through to events@anzgog.org.au

2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die.
Help us turn the tide.