Government And Greyhound Racing To Assist Local Cancer Charity

Member for South West Coast and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine is urging women to attend a special Girls Night Out on Wednesday evening, 8th August at the greyhounds and help raise funds for a local cancer support group.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government’s Raceday Attraction Program would provide funding to the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club to help attract local women’s groups and netball clubs to this important night of racing and community event.

“This special event offers local women a unique chance to be pampered and relax in a specially themed marquee, while enjoying all the excitement of greyhound racing,” Dr Napthine said.

“We also hope to spread the word about local cancer support group, the Leila Rose Foundation. The foundation provides emotional support and assistance to young cancer sufferers and their families in understanding what lies ahead in their own cancer battle.

“To attract local women’s groups and netball clubs, free activities include a nail bar, Thai massages, fashion displays and jewellery raffles. Female patrons will also receive free beauty gift bags,” Dr Napthine said.

The Victorian Government will provide $12,400 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund’s Raceday Attraction Program. The Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club and Greyhound Racing Victoria are jointly contributing $23,000 towards these initiatives worth $35,400.

Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club General Manager Matt Ansell said the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club was pleased to have state government backing for this community event.

“The Girls Night Out event will not only raise awareness of our club to a different audience but provide help to a special local organisation the „Leila Rose Foundation‟,” Mr Ansell said.

“Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club has positioned itself as a community club and has helped raise much needed funds for community groups and projects such as Peter’s Project, Rotary House, Kiwanis, Ken Smith Country Music Charity concerts and Share The Stoke.”

The Leila Rose Foundation was established by Leila Rose’s parents, Tracy and Dr Andrew Chow, after their 10 month old daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of children’s cancer Rhabdoid Tumour.

Despite leaving no stone unturned in her treatment, her condition was so rare that treatments were limited. The Foundation partners with patients, their families and medical practitioners to provide the resources to give them comfort in knowing they’re doing all they can.

Dr Napthine said the Raceday Attraction Program aims to attract people to Victoria’s many exciting racetracks and especially target new audiences.

“There is no better way to do this than by race clubs creating partnerships in their local communities,” Dr Napthine said.

“Greyhound racing is a fun and exciting sport which is quick and easy to follow. I encourage people to attend the Girls Night Out, enjoy the racing and support a deserving local charity,” Dr Napthine said.