Grafton greyhounds helped the McGrath Foundation in February.
Grafton greyhounds helped the McGrath Foundation in February.

Go The Pink Dog great success

GRAFTON’S greyhounds have raised $4500 for the McGrath Foundation through the nationwide Go The Pink Dog! campaign last month.

The foundation will receive a $120,500 donation from greyhound clubs across the state.

New South Wales greyhound racing headquarters Wentworth Park finished as the most profitable venue in the state for the McGrath Foundation, with the CBD circuit pooling $6500 from the efforts of the pink-clad greyhounds throughout February.

It was followed by Newcastle’s Betchoice Gardens ($5500), Grafton ($4500) and Lismore ($4000).

The campaign officially came to a close on Monday night, with the greyhound racing controlling bodies of New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania all pitching in to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses across Australia.

Every time a greyhound wearing the pink rug won a race in any of those four states throughout February, $500 was donated to the McGrath Foundation.

In total there were 241 pink dog winners across the month, including Spring Rose in Bathurst’s aptly named Go The Pink Dog Stake on the final day of the campaign.

A host of high-profile celebrities endorsed the work of the Go The Pink Dog! campaign.

The official cheque handover will take place at Sydney’s Wentworth Park tomorrow night.

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) made a significant contribution to the cause, with the McGrath Foundation receiving a $43,000 windfall from the state’s 14 TAB tracks and the Glenn McGrath signed and framed pink rug, which was bought by Australia’s largest breeder, Paul Wheeler, at auction.

GRNSW chief executive Brent Hogan said the Go The Pink Dog! campaign had helped raise awareness of breast cancer, while also recognising the important contribution women make not only to greyhound racing but to sport in general.

“The Go The Pink Dog! campaign has certainly cast a new light on greyhound racing and the combined efforts of the four states will provide the McGrath Foundation with a substantial donation that they will be able to put to good use,” Hogan said.

“The amount of people who have been engaged by the campaign throughout February has been enormous.”

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