Marburg Pacing for Pink

Marley Sia watching the races at Marburg Pacing Association’s Pacing For Pink Labour Day Meeting, where race-goers supported the McGrath Foundation. Pictures: JACOB HAYDEN

Marburg Pacing Association celebrated Labour Day, 6 May, with a special Pacing For Pink meeting to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

The Marburg Showgrounds were a little pinker than usual as locals and visitors gathered to support the breast cancer support and education charity.

Association working member Sally Rodger helped organise the event, ran the bar, and sold fudge to help raise funds.

“We’re the only trot club in Queensland that races today, we’ve always raced on Labour Day since we’ve been racing,” Rodger said.

Racers had the option to purchase pink pants with their name and sponsor printed on them.

“It costs the sponsors $400 for the pink pants to have their names on them, $200 of that goes to the McGrath Foundation, and the rest goes towards making the pants,” Rodger said.

Racers as young as 5 joined in the action, with some of Rodger’s family also getting involved.

“I’ve got involved because my mother had breast cancer, and that’s why my daughter, Holly Melksham, decided she wanted the pink pants in the mini trotters, my niece, Jordan Topping, is doing the same,” she said.

“Our next regular meeting here is the 26th of the month, so it’s another Sunday meeting, and that day we’ll probably do a bake sale for Pacing For Pink as well.

“If they missed out today, they’ll get something later in the month.”

Vice president Denis Smith said the group had a very good track record of supporting causes.

“Harness racing generally supports Team Teal for ovarian cancer, and we do the same for breast cancer and we’re pretty big on NAIDOC day,” Smith said.

“We’re part of the community here, we don’t just operate as a race club.

“Harness racing was always considered a bit of a family support, and we try and keep it that way.”