Racing to raise support for youth cancer

THE Tasmanian Racing Club (TRC) recently gave young cancer patients a helping hand with its second annual CanTeen Race Day, which was held on Sunday 26 April.

Around 150 guests attended the fundraising event, enjoying a mix of racing and socialising, while also raising more than $7,000 for the cause.

CanTeen programs officer Shae Chester said it was great to see people embracing the spirit of the day.

“Everybody had fabulous outfits on, there were some creative Bandana Day ensembles and we were thrilled with the amount raised,” she said.

“The money will be used to fund out peer support programs, which participants say are invaluable to their cancer journey and recovery.”

CanTeen is a youth charity that works to support 12 to 24 year olds living with cancer, helping them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact of the disease.

TRC chief executive officer Shayne Stevenson said the event was part of its “Race and Raise” program, which involved teaming up with charities to assist with fundraising.

“It’s all about building partnerships between the charities, racing and local businesses,” he said.

“We had numerous individuals and organisations that have assisted us in this partnership, so it was a great team effort by the local community.”

The Speaker of the House of Assembly and master of ceremonies at the event, Elise Archer MP, said it was important to raise awareness and funds for youth cancer.

“It is only through the generous support of the community that CanTeen can do what they do,” she said.

“By being here today you are helping to ensure that no young Tasmanian has to face cancer alone.”

For more information about CanTeen, visit www.canteen.org.au.

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