GO THE PINK DOG RAISES $55,500
The 2013 Go The Pink Dog campaign finished in style with a winner at Sandown Park last night taking the total raised for the month to $55,500. Sandown Park, together with Greyhound Racing Victoria, pledged $5,000 for every pink winner at Sandown last night (up from the standard $500), in conjunction with the club's 'Girl's Night Out' event. Every time a greyhound wearing the pink number 8 rug won a Victorian greyhound race during February $500 was donated to the McGrath Foundation. The total raised over the past four years stands at $283,000, which is used to help raise 'breast awareness' and place more McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia.
PINK DOG’S FABULOUOS FINALE
Greyhound Racing Victoria’s (GRV) Go The Pink Dog campaign is set to finish with a flourish tonight as the amount donated to the McGrath Foundation for every pink winner at Sandown Park is raised to $5,000. Tonight, Sandown Park and GRV will be hosting a special ‘Girls Night Out’ to celebrate the end of the campaign. In support of the evening, the Club and GRV will increase the donation of $500 to $5,000 for any greyhound wearing the pink number 8 rug that wins at the venue. So far, this year’s campaign has raised $50,000 reaching the overall target. GRV and the ‘Pink Dog’ should easily surpass this total; with the money to be donated to the McGrath Foundation to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses and support Australian families experiencing breast cancer.
A FITTING CONTRIBUTION
The 2013 Go The Pink Dog! campaign reached $20,000 on Sunday thanks to a day out at Sale where six of the 12 winners wore the pink number 8 rug. Fittingly, two of the six winners – Lord Saltire and Simply Cosmic - were trained by Chris Johannsen (above), whose wife Elaine has battled breast cancer for a decade. “The Go The Pink Dog fundraiser means a lot to Elaine and I, as she was diagnosed with breast cancer about 10 years ago and this campaign promotes great awareness,” Johannsen said. “I thought both dogs were well drawn in box 8, and we had two other pink winners at Sale on February 3 (Lord Saltire & Bustino) so we’re rapt that our kennel is doing its bit for the McGrath Foundation as our dogs have raised $2,000 so far.” The Devon Meadows trainer said the McGrath Foundation’s mission to place more McGrath Breast Care Nurses into the community was something he feels strongly about. “I remember when Elaine was first diagnosed and we heard the big ‘c’ word we naturally thought it was a death sentence. While Elaine is a very positive person, certainly in the early stages of her diagnosis having counselling from breast care nurses was very important,” Johannsen said. “Fortunately all is good for Elaine at the minute though. She has six-monthly check-ups but she is going really well.” Every time a greyhound wearing the pink number 8 vest wins a race in Victoria during February, Greyhound Racing Victoria is donating $500 to the McGrath Foundation. It is hoped that $50,000 will be raised by the end of the month, to go with the $227,000 raised in the first three years of ‘Go The Pink Dog!’
PARLIAMENT GOES PINK!
Go The Pink Dog! took to the city today as adopted greyhounds and a number of volunteers spread the message of support for the McGrath Foundation. Each time a greyhound wearing the pink number 8 rug wins a Victorian greyhound race during February, Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) will donate $500 to the McGrath Foundation with a target of $50,000 for the month. This morning outside Parliament Station in Melbourne’s CBD, the passersby were amazed with how placid, friendly and kind the adopted greyhounds were in a promotion that doubled as a boost of support for the Greyhound Adoption Program. Melbourne Vixens captain and GRV ambassador, Bianca Chatfield, was also in attendance this morning and is proud to be associated with Go The Pink Dog. “There was such a good atmosphere at Parliament Station this morning as all the happy greyhounds from the Greyhound Adoption Program helped promote GRV’s Go The Pink Dog campaign in support of the McGrath Foundation.” “GRV are expecting to raise $50,000 throughout February for the McGrath Foundation that will help support Australian families experiencing breast cancer.” So far, $14,000 has been raised to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia in this campaign.
SALE COVERED IN PINK
Pink was the flavour of the night at Sale on Sunday with five greyhounds winning from the number 8 box. This took the Go The Pink Dog tally up to $6,000 after the first three days of the campaign, which sees Greyhound Racing Victoria donate $500 to the McGrath Foundation every time a greyhound wearing the pink number 8 rug wins a Victorian greyhound race during February. With 880 greyhound races to be conducted in Victoria during February, it is hoped that $50,000 will be raised by the month’s end.
GO THE PINK DOG! IS BACK
The 2013 Go The Pink Dog! campaign begins today, as Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) donate $500 for every pink number 8 greyhound that wins a Victorian greyhound race during February to the McGrath Foundation with the support of major sponsor SKY Racing. 2013 is the fourth edition of the unique fundraiser which combines the fun and exciting sport of greyhound racing. Ambassadors Jonathan and Kylie Brown are the main supporters of the campaign, with the pair excited to be involved in the fundraising endeavour.“My family and I are looking forward to watching the greyhounds race on Sky Channel in February and we’ll be cheering on the ‘pink dog’ with plenty of enthusiasm as we did last year.” “Breast cancer is becoming increasingly common in society, the support the McGrath Foundation provide families is invaluable and we are so proud to be supporting an initiative that helps the cause.” “Greyhounds are among the fastest animals in the world, but a lot of people don’t realise that off the racetrack they are also extremely affectionate, placid and friendly. Whenever I go back to Warrnambool with my daughter Olivia, she is always excited to see my Mum’s former racer, Modern Assassin, and gives him a big hug,” Brown said. McGrath Foundation Director and Ambassador, Tracy Bevan, says the McGrath Foundation is appreciative of the contribution GRV has made to help support Australian families experiencing breast cancer. ”The greyhound racing community and Greyhound Racing Victoria have been so supportive of the McGrath Foundation over the past four years and we look forward to seeing the pink dog winning once again!”